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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Don't know if the OP has even checked back at all on this. But if people ... wine is but an imitation of Champagne, you are partially right. Formal production began only in 1826, and it was indeed a former employee of Veuve Clicquot who was responsible, one Georg Christian Kessler, who transported the concept to Esslingen am Neckar, just outsi... Read More

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  • I just received a gift -- a bottle of Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs Brut ... ... know is that JD is a grower champagne.  What does the forum think of it and like about i Read More

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  • "Just like that, he's gone" So are all the guests and most ... stylistically alongside the Champagne. Another wine for another time. Then came some whites. I popped a magnum of '99 Mayacamas Chardonnay that I was wary was going to be OTH and it was singing. Wonderfully fresh citrus, green apple , creamy texture, lifting acid. Cali chard should... Read More

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  • I know this is supposed to be a family forum, but this happened last night. ... ... bottle to open after the Champagne so I reached for this, after about a 30-40 minute decant. Expressive nose of strawberries, stems, and rubber. Flavors repeat on the palate, which is very light on its feet, elegant and wiry. The fruit is very fresh, barely rip... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Alfred NV Champagne Classique Brut  |  6 in stock  |  $34.99 Guado al Tasso 2004 Bolgheri Superiore   |  6 in stock  |  $69.99 Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2001 Macon-Milly-Lamartine   |  2 in stock  |  $24.99 Hospices de Beaune / Gambal 2000 Meursault 1er Cru Genev... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... Cedric 2010 Champagne Infloresence Blanc de Noirs Val Vilaine This is an extremely pretty wine with luxurious yet delicate, creamy texture and notes of red and purple fruits on the nose. There's almost a quality of raspberries and cream about the wine in spite of its ... Read More

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  • I saved half the bottle for dinner up in Palos Verdes...my 88 yr. old godmother ... fine type Bordeaux style of Champagne, with just a bit more exuberance from its pure fruit flavors of meyer lemon and key lime/lemon meringue pie. Also showed a very pleasing, mineral laden finish. Good medium intensity, with excellent length but one you have to... Read More

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  • Le Mesnil Brut Grand Cru Blanc D Blanc

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    This wine recently won accolades at a Vancouver BC Wine Festival and seems to have done so honestly: the nose is soft with notes of toast and vanilla and prominent lemon; entry is slightly bracing and citric with good mousse and continuous effervescence. Clean, well-made and delicious - made with 100% Chardonnay. Best of all, a fair deal. 91 p... Read More

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  • DV, thanks for the invite to come up to Seattle and Vancouver!  ... We ... We were supposed to have the champagne a month ago to celebrate two May birthdays but other things got in the way.  Better late than never.Scherrer is always special.&nbs Read More

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  • Ok, I'll play.  These should be easy, as I don't normally have a ... ... that helps is a glass of champagne.”3.  “The worst gift I was given is when I got out of rehab that Christmas; a bottle of wine. It was delicious.”4.  "Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.&rdqu Read More

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