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

  • 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...

  • 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 Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

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

  • Charles Ellner

    It is interesting to note that "Charles Emile ELLNER" the founder of the House, began acquiring s...

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Drappier

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

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Not sure the reds would be ideal with the foie gras. If you can, try a Riesling or Champagne.Id go with the Cathiard Red Burgundy with the pheasant, that should be really nice.Finally, dessert sounds suitable for the Madeira Read More

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  • Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvee des Moines Brut Rose

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    Toasted almond biscuits and fresh yeast aromas with ripe peach and dried apricot notes. Zesty, fresh and fruity palate with full lemon zest and pancake batter flavors with a creamy mousse and loads of steely acidity livening the palate and ending on an austere note of green apple and pear. Read More

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  • MJ - Congratulations on your 27th wedding anniversary.  We just celebrated ... ... a 1/2 bottle of Ruinart Champagne, the Blanc de Blanc (Chardonnay).  It was perfect and my sweetie just loved it.  The dozen oysters on the 1/2 shell arrived and then the 1 lb of King Crab was delicious.  For our main meals Sandra chose the John Dory fish and I ... Read More

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  • Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Brut Cuvee des Moines

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    Toasted almond biscuits and fresh yeast aromas with ripe peach and dried apricot notes. Zesty, fresh and fruity palate with full lemon zest and pancake batter flavors with a creamy mousse and loads of steely acidity livening the palate and ending on an austere note of green apple and pear. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vino - that Failla Chardonnay is good wine. He did some Syrah too and it was ... ... Much like the houses in Champagne do. In the 1970s, they decided to make an estate wine from their own grapes. That is Contino. The winemaker is a friend - he's also from the founding family, and his father was the winemaker before him. Later they decided to ... Read More

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  • 3x 2015 Keep White Blend Lost Slough2007 Aubry de Humbert Champagne2014 Son of a Butcher Red Blend2014 Petrichor Grenache3x 2015 Ancillary Pinot Noir RRV Desmond Vyd2015 Ancillary PN Sangiacomo2015 Ancillary PN Sun Chaseand something to store it in...Now begins the slow migration to active cellaring, ugh!  Read More

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  • Moet & Chandon Whitestar

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    A Holiday season without champagne is not allowed. This bold Brut is full of bubbles and sparkle enough for any appetizer or dessert. Toast the new year in style. Read More

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  • Interesting group so far...3 x Barolo/Barbaresco2 x CdP2 x California 1 x California + Champagne1 x BC/ Canadian1 x Rioja1 x Brunello (could not read the other wine RCKR rec'd) Read More

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  • When: Sunday December 18, 2-4 PM Where: Pierre Loti Union Square 53 Irving ... ... are they? Are they Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Cremant?? True, these all are sparkling wines, but very few reach the same level of finesse and elegance as the greatest Champagnes, except for Franciacorta! Franciacorta is produced in the small lake region in Lomba... Read More

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  • Good dry Brut (not the off dry version I had tonight) Champagne first choice. Flint dry Chablis second. Muscadet and dry Loire SB third. Graves SB/semillon blend 4th, picpoul de pinet 5th, Alsatian riesling 6th, Spanish and Portuguese whites next. Have even had pleasurably with dry chenin blanc, whether from Savennieres or South Africa. In Oz an... Read More

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