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...

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  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Drappier

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

  • 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 ...

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Totally. I can't make any kind of a principled argument against allowing ... by Burgundy and Bordeaux and Champagne. Damn I wish I could clearly identify with one side or the other like we do with politic Read More

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  • Yes, indeed. Getting lubricated is what we are good at.  My place in ... ... hood, too.NV Wines:  Champagne, of course.  Vega Sicilia Unico, right.  But let's not forget all the solera-based wines, Ports (which are all non-vintage except the declared vintages of "vintage port" and the late-bottled ports).  I didn't say Sherry for solera, becau... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So What's Your Take, is 2006...


  • Could be any number D, but I went with 10 years as it's the most ... old world regions.NV champagne and a certain wine from Ribera del Duero are the only two relevant NV's I can think of, though there may be others, vintage wine makes up the vast majority of consumption/discussion on these boards Read More

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  • Duncan, even over here there are good Loire reds for under $20, sometimes as ... my mind, better than low end Champagne or Cremant de Bourgogne, but then again, I'm more of a chenin fan than a chardonnay fan to begin with.  As I said, perfect at brunc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July


  • Started the evening for the Oscars with a Baron de Rothschild Champagne from a friend in the business.  Very nice. Later a nice Grand Cru DuHart Milon 98 with a very nice steak au poirve. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Wine Storage Advice!


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic California Sparkling Matchup


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic wine and food combination


  • 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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