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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Champagne Pannier

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

  • Charles Ellner

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Fox, Germans drink tons of Sekt and other sparklers, too. Would possibly put up a good showing against beer. Too lazy and busy to go chase down stats right now but they shouldn't be that hard to find.And there are definitely good bottles of Sekt out there. Can't answer for what's making it through the vicissitudes of the US markets now, but they... Read More

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  • Then there're always obscure-but-uniquely-good versions of Spumante from Alpine Italy like this one, which I like better than most Proseccos. Great with oysters, amongst others... Read More

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  • '12 Ultramarine Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir Charles Heintz Vyd - This really developed over the course of 3-1/2 hrs. Great aromatics of rose petals and dried cherries. One of those wines you just keep going back and burying your nose in. Bone dry palate with surprising depth and a great mineral edge to it. This far exceeded the '11 I had last y... Read More

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  • What you really need to look for, Greg, is that version of champers called 'blanc de noirs'. You probably haven't heard of it, but in addition to the fizz it's got some ingredients you're sure to like!  ;-)Have always wondered why Sekt never gets mention here or most anywhere else. Probably because it gets snapped up internally in Germany, and d... Read More

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  • It was never my favorite style of wine but I do appreciate it from time to ... ... ... six CA versions vs six Champagnes, the CA's usually come out over the French versions.And Spain is even more interesting - Cava has the same reqs that still wines do - reserva, gran reserva, etc. The market for cava is so dominated by two firms that people ... Read More

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  • Good subject, JD. I'll revisit the thread later when I have time, and hopefully others will participate, too. Read More

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  • Looks like a winner OT, I really like the idea of PN in sparkling wine, and think it would be a more tolerable expression of it for Greg.Sekt is something I've never heard of, will have to see about finding some. Read More

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  • Have started to see the appeal in Champagne and other quality sparkling wine more and more lately. It's a festive drink with high drinkability and pleasure, provided you are drinking within the wine's general drinking window. I can remember my eldery godmother saying on one of our visits that she couldn't drink wine anymore due to her stomach is... Read More

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  • Mailly Grand Cru Champagne Blend Champagne le Feu 2000

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  • Tonight we dined in the district again, this time at Grillfish prior to a ... ... had hors d'oeuvres and champagne!  Getting back to diner prior to the performance, we've walked past this restaurant several times on the way to the Phillips Museum in the past and we only wished we had dined here sooner.  We started with a dozen raw oysters and ... Read More

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