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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Bauget-Jouette

    Winegrowers and producers dating back to 1822, five generations of BAUGET-JOUETTE have created an...

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Pierre Peters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve NV

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    Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Medium straw color. Fresh, exuberant aromas of white peach, crisp pear, apple and quince. Taut and wiry on entry, then fills out nicely in the middle, showing a combination of orchard and citrus fruit flavors complemented by a mineral element. The finish adds a note of yeasty bread along with a hint of... Read More

    Wine review by kybecca


  • Taittinger Blanc de Blancs 1995

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    Had a few glasses of this at one of my favorite chef's restaurant recently. It ... It ... Very elegant. This champagne is made only from the chardonnay grape. Generally, champagne is made from three grapes: two black grapes (pinot noir, pinot meunier) and chardonnay, the white grape. The red grapes give it its weight and maturing roundnes Read More

    Wine review by MEK


  • Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blancs NV

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    Very well priced sparkler. Acidic attack, but milder than many Brut's, Some yeast and buscuitness. Peach too. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cht Newfy Pup


  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Rare Vintage Rose 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cht Newfy Pup


  • Veuve Cliqout Ponsardin Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cht Newfy Pup


  • Moet Dom Perignon 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cht Newfy Pup


  • Maybe you've noticed, but for some reason rosé wines are really big this year. ... ... and owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, claims that The color is fashionable right now, and consumers like the taste of it. They think it's sweeter-it's the perception that it's sweeter. Maybe it's the feminine side that they like."In the past people always l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Rosé: The new color of the...


  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne White Star Extra Dry 2005

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    hints of stone fruit, mildly yeast, with a medium finish. Overall , nice champagne to use as a palate opener. Read More

    Wine review by ahall


  • Champagne Napoléon Champagne Blend Champagne Rosé Brut NV

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    Light, refreshing, and none of that terrible musty aftertaste I've grown accustomed to around New Years. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by clintob


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