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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  • Pinot Meunier

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

  • 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 Noir

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  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Ruinart

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

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Champagne on Snooth

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  • AlGlad you enjoyed the tasting - its is interesting that a lot of Australian ... other than the traditional champagne varieties.I thin kthe main aim is to try and produce more of a Prosecco style wine than a champagne that compliments our hotter summers by being more fresh fruit focussed than the more yeasty toasted style of champag Read More

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  • I am now inspired as we have a long weekend in most of Australia this weekend ... the night will start with Champagne [I will sneak in a mandatory cleansing ale to wash away the days coffee] journey to Riesling, maybe Chardonnay, definitely Pinot Noir before a mandatory Shiraz and maybe depending on flow a Cab with cheese at the endSo tonight ... Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at :)&nbs Read More

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  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... CollectionSalon, Champagne, 1995 $675/76,000 JPY (GREAT DEAL!!!)Cht. Sociando-Mallet, Bordeaux, 2001  $60/7,000 JPYE.A.R.L. Pierre Ussegilo & Fils, Res des Freres CNP, 2005 $140/15,000 JPY each or 3 bottles $220/25,000 JPYDom Pierre Ussegulio, Cuvee de mon Aieul, CNP... Read More

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  • RBA:  For magnums, just use a couple boxes and stack them inside ... ... bottle) column and various champagne/magnum rack Read More

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