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...

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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...

  • 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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  • Alfred Gratien

    Alfred Gratien is a Champagne house based in Epernay, France that has been producing since 1864...

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • Drappier

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

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

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  • You know that those white cliffs of Dover are the same chalky soil of Champagne? They're making some good stuff in England these days! Great pics. Read More

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  • ABOVE....WISTON, an English sparkling wine, stands tall! Read More

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  • Be sure to check-out the wonderful offerings of ENGLISH SPARKLERS from:HAMBLEDONEXTON PARKRIDGE VIEWNYETIMBERGUSBOURNECAMEL VALLEYCOATES & SEELY WISTON Read More

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  • I love your stories, GREGT!!Talking about Champagne, are you aware of the absolutely delightful sparkling wines of ENGLAND????....yes, I did say-THE UK!!!!Read John Downes, here on SNOOTH....go to Articles!   Read More

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  • Haven't tried it amigo but if you like sparkling wine, that's one of ... ... tasting with folks from Champagne and wines from both places.Prices for some of those on your list are insane. The Dom can be had for under $200. Many years ago my siblings and I wanted to buy our parents something special for their anniversary. I don't think I was a... Read More

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  • 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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