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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Pinot Meunier

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

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  • Piper-Heidsieck

    The wines of Piper-Heidsieck are radiant and crisp. Over the last 220 years, the spirit of the Ho...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Champagne J. Lassalle

    La maison J.Lassalle... Les origines de la maison J.LASSALLE s’inscrivent depuis 1942 à Chigny-Le...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Even aside from its historical significance, Dom is a fine wine, though ... I ... I never turn it down.Grower champagnes are a minefield, Fox. You'll get no argument from me over that. That doesn't mean they're not worth the hype or the hunt. Just be discerning, and remember what you've had.  ;-) Champagne I drink (by bottle no.) is probably l... Read More

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  • I'm going to side with RBA on this one.  I had Dom at the Moet cellar ... finding the ne plus ultra of Champagne for anything like tha Read More

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  • Lambrusco?  Jesus....DM, I love bivalve molluscs.  I think I'd ... ... though.  I did have Champagne years ago and still remember the hangover.  Mind you, it was probably garbage.Whenever you can get over here, we'll open some good stuff.  Preferably red, but I'll try some bubbles!&nbs Read More

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  • I like sparkling reds and whites, but not all of them.  That 1998 Dom ... ... know why people love that champagne so much.&nbs Read More

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  • Stored for the past fifteen years in a cool and dark place, is Millesime Brut Champagne still good?  Unopened, of course.  I assume it cannot (should not?) be resold, but we will be able to tell when we open a bottle if it is ok to drink?  Should it be at room temperature before opening, or cooled? Read More

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  • Understand your frustration when you say "I feel this train of thought is ... producing regions such as Champagne and Franciacorta.Indeed' this can be clearly seen when we publish the results of 50 Great Sparkling Wines of the World and while a Champagne producer comes out on top Cava is up there shouldering with the best.Thanks for keeping th... Read More

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  • Flimsily? The competition has been running since 2011 and you can see the ... ... around the world including Champagne and Franciacorta. Will post when we have the publication read Read More

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  • There's a story about the Champagne - I'll tell you next time I see you. The feds already auctioned off his cars and it's kind of interesting that they're selling the wine. I hope they got Burghound to verify that it's all the real deal!! He can just taste it and tell.Just read "The Billionaire's Vinegar" a few weeks ago. Apparently there are a ... Read More

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  • The link isn't working for me now that I try it again.Anyhow, didn't ... ... and price. Saw more Champagne than I would have guessed, particularly 1999 Crista Read More

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  • Understood about how you're sharpening the focus down on only Cava. Still ... types of wine. Cava is not champagne, and if you want to use those points you give it as a way to push up against champagne, 'disingenuous' is a word that again rushes to the forefront.No one should have anything against wanting to promote Cava. There's a lot of good... Read More

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