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 De Cazanove

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Cattier

    Champagne CATTIER is situated in Chigny les Roses a charming village in the heart of the prestigi...

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • 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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Champagne on Snooth

  • Ratafia G Tribaut NV

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... It was made by the Tribaut Champagne House but it is not a traditional sparkling Champagne. It is a blend of the juice of Champagne grapes ie chardonnay,pinot noir and pinot menieur and 20% grape spirit/marc/brandy to give an ABV of 18%.I started it the other evening with a plate of bread and ch... Read More

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  • Going from Bourbon down to Champagne is definitely slimming things down! Good idea for a Mimosa alternative, of which I had a few of Sunday morning. A local gal who flips homes in Venice invited a bunch of us locals and parents of the same pre-school to vote for her interests in flipping. Anyhow, her home was pretty incredible, one of the best I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  •              It's our 35th wedding ... ... ... "Brut Premier" Champagne  Later tonight a couple NYC transplants are coming over to celebrate "Manhattanhenge 2016"&nbs Read More

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  • Rick, what were some of those takeaways from the judgement of Paris stories?I ... horizontal some day. Some Champagne mixed in as well. Domaine Arlaud seems to be an up and coming Domaine, the prices not to inflated as of yet, at least compared to Dujac and Roumier, and they have some great holdings in Chambolle, Morey, and Gevre Read More

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  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... your champagne mixer, I've never used anything like that, though I have made plenty of champagne cocktails in my time. I'd also chill it and chill some sparkling wine (both white like blanc de blancs but also maybe even some sparkling shiraz) and pour some of this in a ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello wine drinkers


  • Hello I have some white wine that's 32 years old looks like vinger now ... ... wine in cooking and have a champagne mixer that's 30 years old do I keep that 2 or bin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello wine drinkers


  • This Remy was a fun addition to Mothers Day festivities. Nutty notes to accent the dry Chardonnay. Read More

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  • Yeah, Sekt has shot itself in the foot pretty well on the rare occasions when it gets over here.  I guess when Germans want something carbonated, they turn back to beer. Cal sparklers have improved a ton since the '80s, when most of what was available was just terrible.  Even the stuff made by the French, like the Chandon, really didn't work for... Read More

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  • I see Leitz makes a Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Sekt at a reasonable price. K&L sells it. Read More

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  • One has to be careful with Sekt... a few big companies like Henkels dominate the market with cheap, poor quality Sekt. Those is mostly the Sekt you find outside of Germany. But lots of small winemakers in Germany make great "traditional method" Sekt mostly out of Riesling. In Germany those are called "Winzersekt" (meaning they are made by small ... Read More

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