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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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

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  • DSW, I haven't explored a lot of different Champange but have a friend in the business who has and she loves Domaine Ruinart, which probably isn't a small house like you're wanting to find. Somewhat recently I've enjoyed a really nice bottle of '04 Duval-Leroy.But if you're having a difficult time finding the hidden gems, go BIG!  This was a hug... Read More

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  • Well.. I've already tasted the more common champagne.. like Krug, Moët, Billecart-Salmon and Salon ect.And from the small houses i would like to find some real 'diamond-class' champagne. Purhaps find some known unknown bottels (: Read More

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  • I went to Epernay once [nearly 20 years ago ] and got a tour of the House ... ... and there was a smaller Champagne House next door and the owner gave us a private tour which was also fascinati Read More

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  • I am far from being any type of authority on Champagne as I rarely have one that appeals to me. I recently tasted one that knocked my socks off. Worked for my palate.2004 Michel Turgy Millésime Brut Blanc de Blancs   Read More

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  • Congrats DSWHow about Salon or Krug if the the budget allows?For under $100 I recommend Agrapart Mineral. Read More

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  • Hi everyone!I am looking for some nice vintage champagne! In primio march i will (hopefully) become sommelier Level 2. But i am still very young, so i would like you to give me your best shot about the best champagne you've ever tasted! :) Thank you so much! (:  Read More

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  • You skim better than I Fox, though I did notice the fruit comes from just south of the Champagne border. Cool story about the NYC restaurant blowing through their stash...agree with the last comment, absolutely. Read More

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  • NG, Cork taint happens the moment to cork is put in the bottle. It has nothing ... WOTN. A really tasty grower Champagne with a wonderful mouthfeel, nutty nose, seamless palate., sorry about the poor photo.Then we went to Vermentino. My RYME seemed a bit off and was lacking it's normal bracing acidity. Palate came in kinda flat. The Macini mor... Read More

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  • Wine sellers and producers have usually special packagings to send this abroad, ... in Denmark from where I ship Champagne to some other countries, and never got any problem,Is the seller a professional or private person Read More

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  • Hi everyone,So here's where I'm supposed to introduce myself,I am ... ... Prestige in order to import Champagne,   educate    curious , passionate, and in terested people ,I heard about this website, so I guess it is the opportunity for me to propose my service to people that might be interested,What would be nice would be to meet locals and a... Read More

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