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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Cattier

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • OK, I should admit that I sabred because I wanted instant ... that I had pressure and the champagne was likely good Read More

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  • Great stuff!Enjoyed reading about this...I also look forward to opening bottles that I've cellared for 20+ years, however it's only been about 5 for most of my stash. Read More

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  • That thread you landed on was a good one. Lots of knowledgeable people adding their experiences.And that fish looks great. Only 4pm over here but it's time to go start making dinner, and maybe even to chill some bubbly for it.  :-)Salud! P.S. Keep your champers and other wine experiences coming, LBM. Welcome to Snooth! Read More

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  • Oh forgot the fish. Perfect. But then champagne goes with everything. Read More

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  • This is the thread that brought me to ...-champagne/Yes, I had a lot of champagne in the 1980s I was living in France and there were 11FF per US $. Dom Perignon cost 100 FF. Sabering is a recent hobby of mine, so I did it just because I could and it was fun. The Grande Dame was great in the old days and my wife at the time worked for VCP so bot... Read More

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  • Interesting story--what was the thread you were viewing before? And how'd it go with the fresh-caught bass? Not at all surprised that even NV champers is fine at that length of time. What were the major flavors you detected?I notice you have NVs from two different bottlings there. If anything I think their wine might have been better back then, ... Read More

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  • Comparing the bottles/labels-- quite different. Brand new bottle vs the freshly sabred 21 year old. Read More

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  • Great story, and it sounds like you have a great plan for dinner. Read More

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  • Hi All,Thanks for welcoming me to your discussion group (great and fun site). I ... trying to read up on aging champagne and I happened on an interesting and informative thread. While the short of it is 21 years ago, almost to the day, I laid away several bottles of champagne and sort of forgot about them. There were stored in a wooden box on t... Read More

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  • Some of my favorites: Muscadet and other Loire (I eat a lot of shellfish), La ... ... anything big and red, Champagne and french Blanc de Blancs. I am always open to try new wine Read More

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