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

  • Burger Grape

  • Prosecco

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Cattier

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne 2003


    Love to celebrate with this one! Very smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Methuselah130

  • Someone, lets say it was one of the Hiltons because they are known to do odd ... ... vinegar, like mucat or champagne to tame it's bitter finish.2. Use vinegars made from wine grapes or named after a wine growing regions (a.k.a "Champagne"). They are gentler on the palate, less acidic, and can easily snuggle up to their wine friends with ... Read More

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  • Deutz Champagne Blend Champagne Cuvée William Deutz Rosé 1996


    Asuntokauppojen kunniaksi "vähän" parempaa samppanjaa Alkon tilausvalikoimasta. Erinomainen, tulee kesä mieleen. Pienet kuplat ja tuhti maku. Huippurosé ei kuitenkaan pätki perinteistä huippusamppanjaa. Read More

    Wine review by Outi

  • J Brut 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by zagreo

  • Am thinking of doing a driving tour with my family through Champagne (before global warming makes all the wineries move their vineyards to southern england). Of course we'll go see a few of the famous names, but is there a better way of doing it? A classic route? A way to unearth some hidden gems?How about some tasting rooms, with smaller crowds... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne tour suggestions by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Blend Champagne Cuvée Rare NV


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    Wine review by lmrnc

  • Duval-Leroy Brut Blanc de Chardonnay 1998


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    Wine review by lmrnc

  • I am sitting here with a glass of Sangiovese di Romagna Fattorri Zerbina's ... Simone and thinking about Champagne.Sangiovese di Romagna is, for better or worse, a very typical DOC in Italy in that the quality of the wines is famously uneven. Zerbina's wines are excellent and reliably good if a little bit too international in style for my tas... Read More

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  • Pol Roger Champagne Blend Champagne Selection Brut 1996


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    Wine review by laviva55

  • Pol Roger Champagne Blend Champagne Selection Brut 1996


    No written review

    Wine review by laviva55

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