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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Charles De Cazanove

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    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...

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • From what I found, her favorite drink was Champagne and she acquired a penchant for notoriously pricey Dom Perignon.  Read More

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  • Personally I'd go with the Krug sauvignon blanc and the Cloudine pinot noir ... ... sparkling instead? If champagne's too pricy maybe Cava or better yet California sparklin Read More

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  • Ask Doris Duke.? RIP. - Montracet, Red Burgundy and Champagne was found doing well in her cave.  Read More

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  • Apparently it's Feel Good Thursday for me. Back and feeling both excited ... ... we have a bottle champagne that I just picked up -  a 2004  Pierre Peters Les Chetillons. It's a hard to find Blanc de Blancs that is supposed to be a great expression of chardonnay. So I'm pretty excited to open it. Here's hoping that I don't fall asleep at dinn... Read More

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  • Umm, I haven't really bought any wine aside from group bottles at ... of ... of Pierre Paillard grower Champagne (yeasty but good), two 2004 Brunelli (Corte Pavone and Poggio di Salvo), and a 2011 Barbera. After the trip and in anticipation of either moving or starting the remodel, I'm on SIWBM. I do accept gifts, howeve Read More

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  • "Bumping the hotel spam down";-)As opposed to up?Yeah, a lot of the ... ... a bottle of Ruinart rose champagne, followed by a bottle of very, very good Yamadanishiki Daiginjo Sake from Akita Prefecture.Mixing anything with Sake other than maybe beer is always an iffy proposition, so we'll see about tomorrow's head. Prophylactic aspirin, tea an... Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Reserve Particulaire NV


    I have had this bubbly in the past and been reasonably satisfied - especially given the price. This time the mousse is weak and dissipates rapidly - a possible fault. The nose is sound, however, with vanilla, melba and brioche. The palate effect is gentle and comparable with the bouquet. But more bubble please. 85 points. Read More

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  • Greg, how many bottles of that Australian mourvedre did you say you had? ... ... where buckets and buckets of champagne appeared. Then, unfortunately, we descended into the depths as some wiseacre thought tequila shots were the answer. Maybe it was the manager of the place who I knew from a past when he worked in some famous fleshpots. He does... Read More

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  • I thought of some more, what about Condrieu? Or an antipodean Clonakilla ... ... ... NZ or Hugel from Alsace. Champagne again, even a Blanc de Noir Read More

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  • Think Wineorge covered just about every wine! But for my bet, a nice dry Champagne,Prosecco, or Cava. Or for light wine Muscadet Sevre et Maine  Read More

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