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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Ruinart

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Paul Bara Brut Rose Champagne "Grand Rose" Bouzy Grand Cru NV

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    Wine review by anchca


  • You want thread drift, you got it: Here's the plan for my last days, ... ... for the future.  Champagne with morning brunches, rose at lunch.  When the time comes, go with a big smile on my face surrounded by friends and family.Post mortem:  The vineyard manager takes the back hoe to the top of the vineyard.  Digs a hole about 6' deep, 3' wid... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lets see your AWESOME wine...


  • Forget-Brimont Champagne Brut Premier Cru

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    Steely and minerally notes of cooked apricot and lemon on the nose with a note of yeast. This is extremely dry and crisp in the mouth, with notes of green apple and steely lemon and melon, tart acidity and a grapefruit note on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Moet & Chandon Champagne Brut Rose Grand Vintage 2008

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    Crisp strawberry and fresh raspberry aromas. This is very fresh and tart in the mouth with fresh effervescence and good fruit notes of strawberry and cranberry and a bit of soft tannin coming through with sour cherry and mixed berry flavors towards the short finish. Austere and elegant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Taittinger Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Millésimé 2007

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    gold with fine beads, rich, fruity and buttery Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Champagne Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial 2012

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    rich gold with fairly fine beads, mild nose, and rather sweet on the palate, as ... were harvested late. an easy champagn Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Champagne Henri Delattre Brut Selection NV

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    I got given a half-bottle of this by a friend . Champagne is France's most northerly appellation from the Department of that name some 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine made by the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary frmentation in the bottle.It can be white or rose and is made from the chardonnay,pinot noir ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have a little catching up to do.  Saturday we had friends over and ... ... We started with NV Moncuit Champagne that I bought to celebrate being back in the house.  That was a big hit.  Then we put the plum wood on the dying coals from the first fires (it took both grills to do the veggies) and waited for it to come up to full flame.  I jump... Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale price, it's good PR for them... Read More

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  • I'll definitely agree the 2000 Margaux was in the early part of its peak, ... on the SOMM Select Ponson Champagne offer today, read more in to it and it's an 80% Pinot Meunier, 10/10 blend but I prefer that to a Chard dominant blend I think, but seems like an interesting mix for a grower champagne.Itching to buy some 2011 Barbaresco and Barolo... Read More

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