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

  • Burger Grape

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cattier

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

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Laurent-Perrier

    Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier is recognised - throughout the world - as one of the finest of C...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Nice selection of affordable, very drinkable wine in my local small village ... ... bit upper scale Champagne And table wines. For my jet-lag wine I chose Valori 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape at the princely sum of 14.5 euros.The CdP has some good independent ratings. The very first sip is strong and tingling and lingers in the throat. It was scre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Bring it on! What better to overcome forum anemia than actual blood?Well - ... ... no more cuts.If you saber Champagne - make sure everyone is behind you. The cork shoots off with a collar of glass. It's heavy and can knock out some teeth. Although come to think of it, that would make a great pic!BTW - can lobsters pinch off your fingers? Holy... Read More

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  • RCKR - maybe you should just stay inside for a while, I mean, slicing the finger on the champagne bottle and then getting whacked by a falling branch - ouch!RBA, I can relate.  The posting I did on our dinner/drinks with our friends the other night that included the LP Champagne, Scherrer chard and Apsara syrah left out the Valdez chard and the ... Read More

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  • Yes indeed Ruppert-Leroy seems interesting.I don't step out of my comfort ... the wine. I was at a fancy champagne brunch at Westport, also a number of years ago, and liked the bubbly very much but was kind of shocked at the prices they were asking at the time, more than good French. When it cools off and i get some time, I may well try them agai Read More

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  • Oh. In that case, I take it back. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne


  • Sabre related accident. Cleaning up after said superbly successful event, an ... an ... improperly gripped champagne bottle slipped between my fingers and bit m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello


  • Mark, when talking about the 'other stuff'' was referring to the possibility of what the Japanese call "2nd day drunk", not the quality of sensation the night before.  ;-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne


  • JD- Very cool article, thanks. Many of the 2nd fermentation outside the bottle ... bottle ... The Science of Champagne" by G. Liger-Belair, physics professor at University of Reim Read More

    Forum post in the topic Champagne w/ No Added SO2...


  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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