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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    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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  • Champagne J. de Telmont

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  • Bollinger

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

  • Laurent-Perrier

    Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier is recognised - throughout the world - as one of the finest of C...

  • Charles Ellner

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

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Congrats DSWHow about Salon or Krug if the the budget allows?For under $100 I recommend Agrapart Mineral. Read More

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  • Hi everyone!I am looking for some nice vintage champagne! In primio march i will (hopefully) become sommelier Level 2. But i am still very young, so i would like you to give me your best shot about the best champagne you've ever tasted! :) Thank you so much! (:  Read More

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  • You skim better than I Fox, though I did notice the fruit comes from just south of the Champagne border. Cool story about the NYC restaurant blowing through their stash...agree with the last comment, absolutely. Read More

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  • NG, Cork taint happens the moment to cork is put in the bottle. It has nothing ... WOTN. A really tasty grower Champagne with a wonderful mouthfeel, nutty nose, seamless palate., sorry about the poor photo.Then we went to Vermentino. My RYME seemed a bit off and was lacking it's normal bracing acidity. Palate came in kinda flat. The Macini mor... Read More

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  • Wine sellers and producers have usually special packagings to send this abroad, ... in Denmark from where I ship Champagne to some other countries, and never got any problem,Is the seller a professional or private person Read More

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  • Hi everyone,So here's where I'm supposed to introduce myself,I am ... ... Prestige in order to import Champagne,   educate    curious , passionate, and in terested people ,I heard about this website, so I guess it is the opportunity for me to propose my service to people that might be interested,What would be nice would be to meet locals and a... Read More

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  • Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée NV

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  • Piper-Heidsieck Cuvee Rose Sauvage Champagne NV

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  • Came to this website to find values of my red Bordeaux, Sauternes and Champagne collection. I don't think cellartracker is up to date  Read More

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  • Champagne Bollinger Spécial Cuvée NV

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