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

  • 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...

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  • 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

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Montaudon

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

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Champagne on Snooth

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  • Sounds like storage was good for all. Did everyone else provide a few bottles ... deeds was warring against Champagne's lord who was pissed because his sister got dumped (marriage annulled after 20 or so years and several kids because of consanguination, which basically meant incest as defined by partnering with anyone up to 5th cousins--hey, ... Read More

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  • Started with the two champagnes, and white burgundies. The White Burgundy flight was spectacular! As were the food pairings...Simple Pizza/Pancake for the Champagne - Clos des GoissesSome Salmon sashimi w/ the 66' Bollinger. Some life left, but it was a case of the 99' Clos des Goisses being a little young, and the 66' Bollinger a little too old... Read More

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  • Not trusting anything else went with champagne. Fresh caught today striped bass in butter, capers, anchovies, and lemon. What would you choose?  Read More

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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I ... I ... - 2007 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Aubry de Humbert 1er Cru and 2015 Wilson Foreigner Rancho Chimiles Napa Valley Valdiguie - from OutthereRF - 2013 Historic Vineyard Society Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Bedrock Vyd - from DmckerRckr - unknown vintage Bodega Mustiguil... Read More

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  • A very scary concept, Seahawk! Champagne cocktails, kirs, Bellinis and a few others. I may even be willing to try some cocktails with sherry in them, like are currently getting some attention. But no wine daiquiris or margaritas, please!  ;-( Read More

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  • My professional connections with Geneva were mostly on the Berners-Lee side of ... a mention. Not the case for champagne, howeve Read More

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  • Nice selection of affordable, very drinkable wine in my local small village ... ... bit upper scale Champagne And table wines. For my jet-lag wine I chose Valori 2014 Chateauneuf du Pape at the princely sum of 14.5 euros.The CdP has some good independent ratings. The very first sip is strong and tingling and lingers in the throat. It was scre... Read More

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  • Bring it on! What better to overcome forum anemia than actual blood?Well - ... ... no more cuts.If you saber Champagne - make sure everyone is behind you. The cork shoots off with a collar of glass. It's heavy and can knock out some teeth. Although come to think of it, that would make a great pic!BTW - can lobsters pinch off your fingers? Holy... Read More

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