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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  • Prosecco

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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • 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

  • The 2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare was recently announced as the Champagne of the decade for all Champagnes made between 2000 and 2009 by Fine Champagne magazine. Over 1000 Champagnes were tasted throughout 2015 and 2016. The top 100 made it into the final which was held in Reims. The Top 5 was as follows.1) 2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare2) 2000 Krug Clos... Read More

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  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... Melanie Tarlant, Champagne Tarlant; Jean-Paul Brun, Domaine des Terres Dorées, Beaujolais; Damien Coquelet, Beaujolais; Franck Peillot, Bugey; Cristelle Renardat, Bugey; Julien Ilbert, Chateau Combel-la-Serre, Cahors; Dominik Sona, Koehler-Ruprecht, Pfalz; Gernot Kolman, Imm... Read More

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  • Salon - Yes crazily expensive but worth it for an extra special occasionWe have ... 4 times as it was part of a champagne tasting we did back in 20 Read More

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  •  other photos of the "still champagne" which I forgot to attach Read More

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  • YES....you can google the subject. I intend to and will add more details as I ... wines!  Well more Champagne!Their wines are fresh and clean tasting.Other wineries there are-  LOS BERMEJOS, EL GRIFO WINERY and La GERIA WINERY.Another grape there is the LISTAN NEGRO, known and grown in California as MISSIO Read More

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  • Titus, we get these "Can anybody give me any info on this wine that I ... ... the description "Still Champagne."  Yes, they do make still wine in the Champagne region, but I would think that if a 20th Century California maker wanted to use a French description for his wine, he'd have used something like "Chablis" if it was a white wine or "Bur... Read More

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  • Thanks for the suggestions.  I've read a bit on the history of the ... ... me place the "still-champagne".  I'm sure that there is an answer to my question in U.C. Davis' collection and I hope to check it out when next I travel north.  Thank you for that.As far as the signature, I think that its just printed on.  I'll let you know when I get a... Read More

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  • BTW....STEPHEN HARVEY is referring to the wine-growing village on the COTE des BLANCS CHAMPAGNE ROUTE, called LE MESNIL-sur-OGER.There, 100% of the CHARDONNAY vines produce superb Grand Cru Champagnes.Shown above is, LE MESNIL.  That one is non-vintage. Read More

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  • Le MESNIL...yeahh.....Champagne....STEPHEN HARVEY! Read More

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  • Big Challenge AmourChampagne [pref from Mesnil] OystersRiesling - PrawnsChardonnay - White Fish [King George Whiting]Pinot Noir - DuckGSM - Asian PorkShiraz - SteakCabernet Sauvignon - Roast Lamb or Aged CheddarChateau d'Yquem - Creme Brulee Read More

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