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

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  • Louis Roederer

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

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  • Canard-Duchene

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Champagne on Snooth

  • 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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  • Plenty of coffee the next day? Not that bubbly ever gives me a bad hangover. Don't know about all that other stuff, tho... Read More

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  • Speaking of bubbles, we're going to a birthday celebration at a friends ... Bubbles on tap:NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis2002 Pierre Paillard2002 Pommery Champagne Cuvée Louise Brut2004 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Rosé2006 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Coeur de Cuvée2011 Ulysse Collin Champagne Les Maillons2002 Domaine Macle C... Read More

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  • Al- when you sabre choose high pressure bubbly which is usually guaranteed by the traditional champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle. If you must cut a charmat (sencodary fermentation outside the bottle) choose one with thick glass.EM- I love the label on the Peju and your detailed description of the flavors. Maybe this is a wi... Read More

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  • Wow, I can identify with that! I was in Berkeley in 1973-4, moved to Southern ... not yet. PS pair with cheap Champagne or California Blanc de blanc Read More

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  • Hey, BLM, let's not beat around the bush.Any and everything? Champagne! Life goes better with bubbly!! Read More

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  • Old thread I know, but wow, you guys are tough.Sushi w soy and wasabi, throw ... sashimi (less soy absorbed): Champagne, a cheap one very bubbly and without complex flavors.Blue cheese (partial to Bleu de Gex): Cote du RhoneArtichoke (dipping in mustard vinaigrette) : ChampagneBelgian chocolate: Ravenswood Old VIne Zinfandel.Don't eat the res Read More

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  • OK, I should admit that I sabred because I wanted instant ... that I had pressure and the champagne was likely good Read More

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  • Great stuff!Enjoyed reading about this...I also look forward to opening bottles that I've cellared for 20+ years, however it's only been about 5 for most of my stash. Read More

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  • That thread you landed on was a good one. Lots of knowledgeable people adding their experiences.And that fish looks great. Only 4pm over here but it's time to go start making dinner, and maybe even to chill some bubbly for it.  :-)Salud! P.S. Keep your champers and other wine experiences coming, LBM. Welcome to Snooth! Read More

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