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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    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...

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

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

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

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Champagne Henri Delattre Brut Selection NV

    Snoothrank:

    I got given a half-bottle of this by a friend . Champagne is France's most northerly appellation from the Department of that name some 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine made by the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary frmentation in the bottle.It can be white or rose and is made from the chardonnay,pinot noir ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have a little catching up to do.  Saturday we had friends over and ... ... We started with NV Moncuit Champagne that I bought to celebrate being back in the house.  That was a big hit.  Then we put the plum wood on the dying coals from the first fires (it took both grills to do the veggies) and waited for it to come up to full flame.  I jump... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale price, it's good PR for them... Read More

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  • I'll definitely agree the 2000 Margaux was in the early part of its peak, ... on the SOMM Select Ponson Champagne offer today, read more in to it and it's an 80% Pinot Meunier, 10/10 blend but I prefer that to a Chard dominant blend I think, but seems like an interesting mix for a grower champagne.Itching to buy some 2011 Barbaresco and Barolo... Read More

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  • Ratafia G Tribaut NV

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... It was made by the Tribaut Champagne House but it is not a traditional sparkling Champagne. It is a blend of the juice of Champagne grapes ie chardonnay,pinot noir and pinot menieur and 20% grape spirit/marc/brandy to give an ABV of 18%.I started it the other evening with a plate of bread and ch... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Going from Bourbon down to Champagne is definitely slimming things down! Good idea for a Mimosa alternative, of which I had a few of Sunday morning. A local gal who flips homes in Venice invited a bunch of us locals and parents of the same pre-school to vote for her interests in flipping. Anyhow, her home was pretty incredible, one of the best I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  •              It's our 35th wedding ... ... ... "Brut Premier" Champagne  Later tonight a couple NYC transplants are coming over to celebrate "Manhattanhenge 2016"&nbs Read More

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  • Rick, what were some of those takeaways from the judgement of Paris stories?I ... horizontal some day. Some Champagne mixed in as well. Domaine Arlaud seems to be an up and coming Domaine, the prices not to inflated as of yet, at least compared to Dujac and Roumier, and they have some great holdings in Chambolle, Morey, and Gevre Read More

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  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... your champagne mixer, I've never used anything like that, though I have made plenty of champagne cocktails in my time. I'd also chill it and chill some sparkling wine (both white like blanc de blancs but also maybe even some sparkling shiraz) and pour some of this in a ca... Read More

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  • Hello I have some white wine that's 32 years old looks like vinger now ... ... wine in cooking and have a champagne mixer that's 30 years old do I keep that 2 or bin Read More

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