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...

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • Burger Grape

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Bollinger

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

  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • English Sparkling Wine from Gusbourne Estate, Kent, England.  Available from Berry Bros. & Rudd in London, England.  Here we have partial oak fermentation and extended lees-aging.  I have just tasted it and I can certainly tell you, that it is refreshing and has a soft rather nut-like texture.  12% alcohol.....pure Chardonnay.   Frenchies......s... Read More

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  • yes have read a lot about the english bubbly but not seen any in Ozmaybe they will call it Doverpagne Read More

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  • Well Favourite and least favourite daughter are one in the samewell she actually loves champagne and Pinot but this is for 110 of her friends so they will get Sangria to start it will have some orange juice to go wth the oranges, Lemons, Limes and cinnamon and soda water to go with wine and we will do a white one with peaches, pineapple and mint... Read More

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  • YEP!Champagne Tattinger has already bought land in Kent!  Read More

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  • You know that those white cliffs of Dover are the same chalky soil of Champagne? They're making some good stuff in England these days! Great pics. Read More

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  • ABOVE....WISTON, an English sparkling wine, stands tall! Read More

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  • Be sure to check-out the wonderful offerings of ENGLISH SPARKLERS from:HAMBLEDONEXTON PARKRIDGE VIEWNYETIMBERGUSBOURNECAMEL VALLEYCOATES & SEELY WISTON Read More

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  • I love your stories, GREGT!!Talking about Champagne, are you aware of the absolutely delightful sparkling wines of ENGLAND????....yes, I did say-THE UK!!!!Read John Downes, here on SNOOTH....go to Articles!   Read More

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  • Haven't tried it amigo but if you like sparkling wine, that's one of ... ... tasting with folks from Champagne and wines from both places.Prices for some of those on your list are insane. The Dom can be had for under $200. Many years ago my siblings and I wanted to buy our parents something special for their anniversary. I don't think I was a... Read More

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