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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    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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  • 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

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  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

  • Alfred Gratien

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

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

  • Drappier

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Chouilly NV

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    Quite lovely and 'bruttish' Dry and bracing with loads of bubbles. Had it with Oysters at Lunch. Paired very well. Read More

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  • As far as the racks go, your concern is whether they 1) hold bottles securely ... ... But Burgundies, Rhones, Champagne, and some others are bigger, and cheaper racks or racks that store more bottles in less space might not have big enough slots. Otherwise, it's just a matter of what look you prefer and how much you want to spend. IKEA has a ... Read More

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  • For something a little less apple-y, try the (even less expensive) subsidiary ... tell me how good the "champagne" at the wedding was.  It was good, but a big part of what they remember is that it fit the occasion well. At a wedding, it's not how wide you open your wallet, it's how wide you open your heart.&nbs Read More

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  • OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, ... wife, ... wife, have some oysters and champagne, then decide it's time for a proper double-date dinner. What food and drink with them, before you head back early to your hotel?It's movie night at home. Thinking about watching a whole season of (you choose the show). You're go... Read More

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  • For the money, Roederer's "premium" sparkler, L'Ermitage, holds its own with Champagne in the lower end of the Tete de Cuvee range, like P-J's Belle Epoque, Bollinger Grande Annee, etc.  All of which cost about twice as much. Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... to talk about blanc de noirs Champagne, or blauburgunder, or pinot styles in other European countries, or...I'll stop here, and see if anyone else is interested in continuin Read More

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  • I doubt that current Burgundy makers of any repute would risk shipping grapes ... grapes ... which is, well, Champagne, the Loire and Burgundy. And certainly, many laws have been broken in the name of making "better" wines.  Dole in Switzerland is supposed to be a blend of Pinot and Gamay, and Passe-Tout-Grains is a blend of Gamay and Pinot b... Read More

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  • Of course it was an oversimplification.  But I don't see too many ... ... drinking 1st growths or Krug champagne, unless it's the latter to celebrate their team winning.  Perhaps you could get clocked by someone wielding an empty bottle from a village- level Burg--hey, those are pretty stout and suitable as clubs--but you would never see it co... Read More

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  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... ... for example, the term 'Champagne' did elsewhere in France. Other classical wine terms used by British merchants in introducing wine to the greater world included hock for German riesling (from Hochheimer), and the aforementioned hermitage, which I've seen histori... Read More

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  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS ... ... for example, the term 'Champagne' did elsewhere in France. Other classical wine terms used by British merchants in introducing wine to the greater world included hock for German riesling (from Hochheimer), and the aforementioned hermitage, which I've seen historically use... Read More

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