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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Varietals Produced in Champagne View all

  • 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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  • Bauget-Jouette

    Winegrowers and producers dating back to 1822, five generations of BAUGET-JOUETTE have created an...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Bollinger

    The Bollinger vineyard covers 164 hectares, most of which are classified Grand or Premier cru. ...

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

    Since 1750, the history of the Gimonnet family is indissociable of the one of the Champagne viney...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about ... ... bubbling up all over France. Champagne is only a drop in the bucket compared to overall production around the country. But they've been superb at branding, more branding and grabbing then directing eyeballs and controlling mind space. Marketing 101 (followed by upper ... Read More

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  • Funny how they just suddenly "bubbled up" to the surface.But all in ... ... than "real" champagne, and had its own PR team. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming, unless someone can come up with some winning thread-jacking here.&nbs Read More

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  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s sometimes difficult to hold your tongue. Mainly because Cremant de Bourgogne is made in the very same way as those much more expensive wines produced by our neighbors to the north. A well-made Cremant is a joy. A wine you can pull out for any occasion at a fraction of the price of the mi... Read More

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  • My name is Sue.  I just joined Snooth, so I really don't know much ... and my favorite is a bubbly Champagne wine.  Locally, here in Maryland I love CupCake wines.  Other than that, don't know what else to say, except "HELLO TO ALL WINE LOVERS" Read More

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  • Another lifetime ago I worked at Korbel Champagne as a blending cellar man, filtration guy and for a stint as a brandy rectifier. We had a bottle of Korbel Brut languishing in the cellar so we popped the cork. I continue to be impressed with the consistent quality of their sparkling wine. For the money, I don't think they can be beat. We had gri... Read More

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  • Perhaps not completely different, but different enough. Of the hundreds, ... ... toward the end, kind of like champagne or a sparkling wine. At first, served warm (couldn't wait), I was getting aggressive dry and sweet notes at once. After chilling it down, the wine is starting to drink much better, real nice mineral impressions, the acidity i... Read More

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  • hi againthere will be a new champagne and sparkling wine dinner on May 30more info at Read More

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  • So the tasting of 2012's continues, of course there were a ton tasted at La ... 20 years old, but grew up in Champagne, his family always in the wine production business. Anyhow, I found this NSG 2012 on the modern side, as expected, but it's one I can appreciate as it isn't too slick or sappy. There are good earth and structural elements in th... Read More

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  • Being from the UK, I bet you've heard about Bordeaux, Champagne, and Burgundy primarily?Even wines with the best reputations you may not like so best to go out and taste all kinds. Read More

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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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