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 Noir

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Ruinart

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

  • Montaudon

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

  • Drappier

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

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • I'm in a bit of a rush, needing to go tend to my sweetie, but here are some ... spiced) with six types of champagne to drink.  Lots of fun and good people to meet (fellow members of the winery).  In the last picture you can see Sandra (in jeans, looking away from the camera) and Jarad, the Master Sommelier at RdV.If you need to know, the favori... Read More

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  • Oh, crap, did we all miss one potentially obvious choice?  I know our OP ... you like.  The bigger champagne houses are easy to walk into.  Somewhere around here I've mentioned my own experience there a couple decades ago, and they have to be even more tourist friendly now.  And, I mean, it's CHAMPAGNE.Downside is that it can be pretty dang co... Read More

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  • EM - I'm always ready for a tasty Chardonnay.  I currently prefer ones ... ... Eve (not counting the champagne at midnight) and New Year's Day college football?  Why French and California reds of course.  We started with this Bordeaux wine on Thursday evening, then after I returned from my Wind Chill Ride with the Fairfax HOG group on New Year... Read More

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  • Perrier Jouet Champagne Grand Brut 375 NV


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  • Piper Heidsieck Brut Rose NV


    Crisp red apple and other red fruits, decent bubbles, darker color than you would expect from a rose, nice drinking experience, recommended 88 pts would buy again Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • I'm going to bring this Andrew Will Orange Muscat to share with friends ... ... Kirkland Signature Champagne (yes, really Champagne).  I'm curious to taste it.  Could be a real bargain at $20/bottl Read More

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  • Excellent Champagne, enjoy! Read More

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  • It will be more than fine right now, or you can hold it to drink in five or 10 ... five or 10 ... an excellent champagne, and that's a good vintage. Chill it to the right temperature and share it with people you love. Not your everyday sparkling wine, at all. Read More

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  • Laurent Perrier Demi Sec NV


    Considering the $40 price tag I was pretty happy with this one. All that sugar in the dosage (about 4 times more than a Brut) but it ends up being about semi-dry. Mostly a fruity flavor profile with decent complexity for the price range, fresh apples, baked apples, a little melon, and citrus. Lots of tiny bubbles, this was fun to drink. Recommen... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Jeff's a really cool guy, met him in person a couple times so I'll ... ... ... French Burgundy and Champagne brands (Fevre, Bouchard, and Henriot) before Liquid Farm. Nikki is great too, they make a great team.Always good to hear about how the wines are doing, as I stopped buying with the 2012 vintage for the most par Read More

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