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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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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  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

  • Ruinart

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Lanson

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

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  • THE LOBSTER AND CHAMPAGNE PARTY WAS HELD HERE!  The island is owned by the father of my daughter, the wonderful doctor who married me many moons ago!  Wines and champagnes served by our resort are often quite modest but of a very high standard.  The cocktail bar in the ocean serves quite an exceptional range of interesting combinations; many are... Read More

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  • Nearly one year ago, I gave my daughter an intimate birthday party on our ... ... on our ... It was a LOBSTER CHAMPAGNE PARTY!   I chose that type of party, because lobster and champagne comprised part of the meal which I shared with her loving father, soon after we first met! On our honeymoon, we also had a few lobster and champagne sessions... Read More

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