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

  • Prosecco

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

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Meunier

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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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  • Charles Ellner

    It is interesting to note that "Charles Emile ELLNER" the founder of the House, began acquiring s...

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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

  • Charles De Cazanove

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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Louis Roederer

    The distinctive qualities of each parcel are the result of great respect for nature. Louis Roed...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS ... ... for example, the term 'Champagne' did elsewhere in France. Other classical wine terms used by British merchants in introducing wine to the greater world included hock for German riesling (from Hochheimer), and the aforementioned hermitage, which I've seen historically use... Read More

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  • You can never go wrong with oysters and Champagne.Although, believe it or not, it can be improved--with a good crusty bread. Read More

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  • This one was from Saturday evening, after returning from all that champagne at the RdV holiday party.  We like the Boxwood Winery and this 2010 Trellis is done in the Bordeaux style. Read More

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  • I'm kind of starting to think that way myself VV. Happened to fry up some ... ... and other whites and/or Champagne to have around.Proud of my wife for her catch, her first! Her strategy was to go up to the guy who was catching fish, asking how it's done and it worked a char Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I'm in a bit of a rush, needing to go tend to my sweetie, but here are some ... spiced) with six types of champagne to drink.  Lots of fun and good people to meet (fellow members of the winery).  In the last picture you can see Sandra (in jeans, looking away from the camera) and Jarad, the Master Sommelier at RdV.If you need to know, the favori... Read More

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  • Oh, crap, did we all miss one potentially obvious choice?  I know our OP ... you like.  The bigger champagne houses are easy to walk into.  Somewhere around here I've mentioned my own experience there a couple decades ago, and they have to be even more tourist friendly now.  And, I mean, it's CHAMPAGNE.Downside is that it can be pretty dang co... Read More

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  • EM - I'm always ready for a tasty Chardonnay.  I currently prefer ones ... ... Eve (not counting the champagne at midnight) and New Year's Day college football?  Why French and California reds of course.  We started with this Bordeaux wine on Thursday evening, then after I returned from my Wind Chill Ride with the Fairfax HOG group on New Year... Read More

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  • Perrier Jouet Champagne Grand Brut 375 NV

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  • Piper Heidsieck Brut Rose NV

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    Crisp red apple and other red fruits, decent bubbles, darker color than you would expect from a rose, nice drinking experience, recommended 88 pts would buy again Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • I'm going to bring this Andrew Will Orange Muscat to share with friends ... ... Kirkland Signature Champagne (yes, really Champagne).  I'm curious to taste it.  Could be a real bargain at $20/bottl Read More

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