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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  • 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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Piper-Heidsieck

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Lanson

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

  • Ruinart

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

    Winegrowers and producers dating back to 1822, five generations of BAUGET-JOUETTE have created an...

  • Champagne Pannier

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

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  • J-M Seleque Vigneron a Pierry Solessence Brut Rose Champagne NV

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  • Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve 93js NV

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  • 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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