Champagne Wine


Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine region in the world. It is located in northeastern France, near the northern limit for winemaking. The major villages of Champagne are Reims, Epernay, and Ay. The only grapes permitted in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Though there is some dispute on the subject, the process by which Champagne is made, with a secondary fermentation in bottle, is said to have been invented here. The soil is largely chalk, providing the wines with a distinct minerality. The climate is cool and harsh, and the vintages are inconsistent, which gave rise to the practice of blending.

The five major districts of Champagne are: Montagne de Reims (mostly Pinot Noir), Cote des Blancs (Chardonnay), Aube (Pinot Noir), Valee de la Marne (Pinot Meunier), and Cote de Sezanne (Chardonnay).

The region is dominated by Champagne houses, which purchase most of their grapes from growers and blend their wines according to a house style. Their greatest strengths Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Champagne View all

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

  • Laurent-Perrier

    Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier is recognised - throughout the world - as one of the finest of C...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Charles Ellner

    It is interesting to note that "Charles Emile ELLNER" the founder of the House, began acquiring s...

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

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Champagne on Snooth

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  • Roederer Cristal 2000


    Good champage, had it for my college graduation. It just seemed to fit. Read More

    Wine review by gryfgrl

  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne NV


    No written review

    Wine review by JessicaWeaver

  • Louis Roederer Champagne Blend Champagne Brut 1999


    1999 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut 6/10/2007. Having had this wine with my friend at our private outdoor party. It really did dazzled both of us. After accidentally spilling first glass on brand new hand made Persian rugs we sipped this wine with great enjoyment - it was a jaw dropping experience: the lemon citrus is very palpable, also ... Read More

    Wine review by Cultwine

  • Deutz Blanc de Blancs 1998


    I was drawn to this champagne first because of its gorgeous appearance, that lovely golden hue poured into a nice bottega flute, ah, there is nothing like it. Unlike many of my usually preferred champagnes this is slightly less fruity and more floral, there is also this unusual hint of citrus-like zest about it. It is playfully aromatic and very... Read More

    Wine review by azteng

  • Taittinger Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Millésimé NV


    I am illogically stubborn in some instances, champagne being one of them. Although I enjoy a wide variety there is only one name I hold to. You can keep your Laurent, Dom, even Roederer (though that is a close second), I'll hold to Taittinger in terms of general sources. This is one of my favorites, before you put this off as just a Rose champag... Read More

    Wine review by azteng

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose NV


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    Wine review by moshi

  • Delamotte Brut Rose NV


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    Wine review by danpetroski

  • Pol Roger Champagne Blend Champagne Extra Cuvée de Réserve Brut NV


    Has everything I usually want in a Champagne - nice amount of sweetness and zest. Perfectly balanced flavours. Read More

    Wine review by innA

  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rare Vintage Rose 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by katzblue

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