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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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    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 ...

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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  • RCKR - maybe you should just stay inside for a while, I mean, slicing the finger on the champagne bottle and then getting whacked by a falling branch - ouch!RBA, I can relate.  The posting I did on our dinner/drinks with our friends the other night that included the LP Champagne, Scherrer chard and Apsara syrah left out the Valdez chard and the ... Read More

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  • Yes indeed Ruppert-Leroy seems interesting.I don't step out of my comfort ... the wine. I was at a fancy champagne brunch at Westport, also a number of years ago, and liked the bubbly very much but was kind of shocked at the prices they were asking at the time, more than good French. When it cools off and i get some time, I may well try them agai Read More

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  • Oh. In that case, I take it back. Read More

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  • Sabre related accident. Cleaning up after said superbly successful event, an ... an ... improperly gripped champagne bottle slipped between my fingers and bit m Read More

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  • Mark, when talking about the 'other stuff'' was referring to the possibility of what the Japanese call "2nd day drunk", not the quality of sensation the night before.  ;-) Read More

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  • JD- Very cool article, thanks. Many of the 2nd fermentation outside the bottle ... bottle ... The Science of Champagne" by G. Liger-Belair, physics professor at University of Reim Read More

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  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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  • Thanks for the book rec, I'm sure it'd be a good read for me. Have ... ... increasingly interested in Champagne lately. Ruppert-Leroy says they are interested in showcasing the still side of Champagne instead of just bubbles, which I can appreciate (especially in this warmer era we live in), and their vineyard and management practices seem to ... Read More

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  • Had heard good things about an organically farmed (only 4-5 hectares just ... ... just ... d'Or boundary) champagne producer, Ruppert-Leroy, a while back, and I got a good impression from the Blanc de Blancs bottle I've tried of theirs. They also make a Blanc de Noirs, and another that may be a combination.In looking them up recently, I notic... Read More

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