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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Pinot Meunier

    History of the grape: The name derives from the floury coating on the underside of the grape leaves; “meunier’ is Fre...

  • Prosecco

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

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  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

  • Drappier

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

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  • No worry DV, did you think I expected you all to ooh and ahh about a Bloomberg ... South England is becoming Champagne North due to global warming is both funny and interesting, depending on who you talk to, maybe both.The Tokaji ascertion is one that I might make, though I don't wish it to become popular or commercialized, the investment happ... Read More

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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... make up the soil you find in Champagne, minus the garbage dump. (If you like that of course.) But for centuries, England imported wine. Why? Because they were smart enough to realize that they couldn't make their own. Now, thanks to various reviewers, we should be happ... Read More

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  • Fun evening tonight with friends, some old some new, great food and some ... ... bad but not in the league of Champagne. Don't get the hype. Then it was on to a couple of chards.This Evening Land left me wanting something. Namely acidity. Another hyped label that left me torn. Oh well. The Peter Michael hit the spot though. Very well balanced,... Read More

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  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... and more dangerous than the Champagne method or the prosecco method where they just shoot it full of carbon dioxide like soda. Sometimes they sell those wines with crown caps too, just like beer.I don't know that wine in the pic, but a lot of times the wines mad... Read More

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  • my dad was born in sicily  raised in tuscany  still going at 83 he ... wine all different  and champagne  i  pulled out the Petrus only because i saw a episode  on pawn stars that a guy was trying to sell for a few thousand dollars that's when i said no way  what do i have here stored in my wine cellarThanks for the help Pa Read More

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  • The Paques Rose was outstanding.Bursting with fruit, vibrant and wonderful. ... just a fine, well-balanced champagne.  And the bubbles are fine and smooth!A perfect compliment to the evening -- my only regret is that I didn't bring another bottle.  We finished the bottle so fast, and then I was so sad that it was gone!  I tried to steal other ... Read More

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  • Hi everyone!  This is my first post, so... here goes nothing!Tonight's ... so I'm gonna be drinking champagne.  Best of all, I'm gonna be drinking my absolute favorite... the Pink Paques Champagne Rose!I love the Paques Pink.  Seriously.  Never had a champagne I liked better.I was gonna just bring that one, but then I figured... since I liked t... Read More

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  • There are plenty of ways to do sausages of all sorts on decent buns (or even ... ... with mustard and relish? Champagne has worked (the utlimate fallback for so many matches, so I think my next Challenge thread will be to find something that doesn't work with it), as has beaujolais nouveau, a Turley zin, several Paso reds (any of your choice, ... Read More

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  • Good catch NG; I was a victim of auto-correct on my iPhone.  Of course I meant Champagne, the symbol of love and happiness.   Read More

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  • I don't have any Champagne on hand as bubbles do very little for me unless they are combined with hops. What is the persons favorite thing to drink? Open that. Read More

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