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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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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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  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

  • 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...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

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

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Ok, how about some pictures from our first dinner in Charlottesville on ... ... ... there was a bottle of champagne (Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs).  Sandra had a few more oysters on the half-shell for dessert and I had glass of Larceny Rye Whisky.  I don't even remember if I liked it, but I probably did.  :-)We managed to find our way bac... Read More

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  • Talking about BLIND TASTING.......some French wine experts could not find any ... find any difference between CHAMPAGNE and ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE!! Read More

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  • At her 2012 DIAMOND JUBILEE, Queen Elizabeth served Nyetimber CLASSIC CUVEE 2007, a sparkling wine from NYETIMBER in West Sussex, STOPHAM PINOT BLANC 2010, a dry wine from pinot blanc grapes of Pullborough West Sussex and from ALBURY VINEYARD, SILENT POOL ROSE 2011..... of course the best of France was also served!!!  Read More

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  • I just returned from London.......where I had Gusbourne and Nyetimber wines.Plus, my English friends get them from time to time.Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the production of English sparkling wine and a VAST IMPROVEMENT.Queen Elizabeth served some at her Jubilee functions, for God sake!The fact that they are winning accol... Read More

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  • I've never had a bubbly from England that I can remember in the past 20+ yrs, so I don't know if I agree or disagree.  However - you've got my curiosity up and am thinking finding and ordering some. Read More

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  • AMOUR - All these wine from England that you write about - have you had any of these lately and if so what do you see as differences between the times when you were over there more and now?   Read More

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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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