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...

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  • 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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  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Lanson

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

  • Ruinart

    Ruinart is the oldest Champagne house, exclusively producing champagne since 1729. Founded by ...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Champagne Pannier

    Champagne PANNIER was founded by Louis Eugene Pannier in 1899, in Dizy, next to Epernay. In 1937,...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • We all LIKE WHAT WE LIKE!However, there are certain French Wines known as ... ... progress!I begin with SALON CHAMPAGNE 1996!Have I tasted it?  YES I HAVE!YOU MUS Read More

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  • The '03 was a winner for my palate. The Selosse was easily the best Champagne I have ever tasted. You should access some Cameron if you haven't tried it. The funky nose sends my mind overseas. Read More

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  • RCKR 1951, there is a chart above on the production level.So pleased that you are interested!Cheers from all of us here on SNOOTH! Read More

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  • Ok, how about some pictures from our first dinner in Charlottesville on ... ... ... there was a bottle of champagne (Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs).  Sandra had a few more oysters on the half-shell for dessert and I had glass of Larceny Rye Whisky.  I don't even remember if I liked it, but I probably did.  :-)We managed to find our way bac... Read More

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  • Talking about BLIND TASTING.......some French wine experts could not find any ... find any difference between CHAMPAGNE and ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE!! Read More

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  • At her 2012 DIAMOND JUBILEE, Queen Elizabeth served Nyetimber CLASSIC CUVEE 2007, a sparkling wine from NYETIMBER in West Sussex, STOPHAM PINOT BLANC 2010, a dry wine from pinot blanc grapes of Pullborough West Sussex and from ALBURY VINEYARD, SILENT POOL ROSE 2011..... of course the best of France was also served!!!  Read More

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  • I just returned from London.......where I had Gusbourne and Nyetimber wines.Plus, my English friends get them from time to time.Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the production of English sparkling wine and a VAST IMPROVEMENT.Queen Elizabeth served some at her Jubilee functions, for God sake!The fact that they are winning accol... Read More

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  • I've never had a bubbly from England that I can remember in the past 20+ yrs, so I don't know if I agree or disagree.  However - you've got my curiosity up and am thinking finding and ordering some. Read More

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  • AMOUR - All these wine from England that you write about - have you had any of these lately and if so what do you see as differences between the times when you were over there more and now?   Read More

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