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 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...

  • 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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  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Ruinart

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee 2002


    (Past tasting 3 Apr 2014) Fine beads. Melony nose. Savoury! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Krug 'Grande Cuvee' Brut NV


    Tasted again for the New Year 2015. Honey notes, yet rich, savoury, buttery! Lives up to it's good name! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Henriot Champagne Blanc Souverain Brut 2007


    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Straw yellow with fine beads. Citrousy! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • I am not having this tonight but I did have a lovely bottle of aged Sauternes ... was lovely. I also had some champagne and some Gevrey Chamberti Read More

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  • Emark - here's a link to Napa Valley ... something for example. In Champagne, as in Jerez, the idea was to create a house style, which is a little different and I'm not sure it's a bad idea. I guess I'd rather have them mix vintages than add sugar or acid or color to make consistent wines from year to year.And then when you get a wine like an U... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?

  • The 85% rule for Champagne vintage dating brought up the question in my mind about the regulations in other regions.  I was just going to pose the question to GregT because his responses are usually pretty reliable (Darren's sarcasm notwithstanding), but then I figured that I might as well at least try to find out on my own.  Wikipedia gave me a... Read More

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  • But it's not Champagne only. In past generations they were less worried about fidelity to a vintage than we are and there are places where that's still so - sherry for instance. But the thing about Champagne is that it's not really a good region for growing grapes and for the most part, people focused on a house style and that was the marketing ... Read More

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  • Happy Holidays to you, also, Merav.To answer your question, I might point you to the Champagne entry in Wikipedia, from which I have extracted this:Most of the Champagne produced today is "Non-vintage", meaning that it is a blended[35] product of grapes from multiple vintages. Most of the base will be from a single year vintage with producers bl... Read More

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  • Thanks MARK.So if I get it correctly, for Champagne only, when they use a mix of vintage and and non-vintage year, they would not list the year unless it has at least 80% of the vintage grapes? and that, only if they choose to.  Read More

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  • Hi All,  I hope you all have great Holiday season.I bought some Champagne and other sparkling white wine today and for the first time noticed there is no year indicated on the label. I haven't noticed that before.I am guessing it is only new to me.But I wonder why not all wines indicate the year and what does it mean, if at all.Thanks for your i... Read More

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