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 »

Mentor for Champagne Wines

Erica Landin

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.

View Profile » View Top Lists »

Other Mentors

See all Mentors »

View More

Popular wines made in Champagne under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

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

  • Bollinger

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

  • Champagne Pannier

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

    Champagne Charles de Cazanove is synonymous of Family and dedication and today reveals a unique e...

  • Alfred Gratien

    Alfred Gratien is a Champagne house based in Epernay, France that has been producing since 1864...

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

Page 3 of 271

Champagne on Snooth

  • Al- when you sabre choose high pressure bubbly which is usually guaranteed by the traditional champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. If you must cut a charmat (sencodary fermentation outside the bottle) choose one with thick glass.EM- I love the label on the Peju and your detailed description of the flavors. Maybe this is a wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Wow, I can identify with that! I was in Berkeley in 1973-4, moved to Southern ... not yet. PS pair with cheap Champagne or California Blanc de blanc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello

  • Hey, BLM, let's not beat around the bush.Any and everything? Champagne! Life goes better with bubbly!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...

  • Old thread I know, but wow, you guys are tough.Sushi w soy and wasabi, throw ... sashimi (less soy absorbed): Champagne, a cheap one very bubbly and without complex flavors.Blue cheese (partial to Bleu de Gex): Cote du RhoneArtichoke (dipping in mustard vinaigrette) : ChampagneBelgian chocolate: Ravenswood Old VIne Zinfandel.Don't eat the res Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...

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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne

prev 1 2 3 4 5  ...  271 next

View larger map

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Recent Forum PostsView all

Champagne wine ratings and reviews

Snooth Media Network