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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  • 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...

  • 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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  • Canard-Duchene

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

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

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Maybe he's in the re-corking biz? I guess the 2001 I drank last night was ... question  about aging Champagne - as mentioned, a lot of it depends. The idea of a vintage Champagne is kind of new anyway because the purpose of blending vintages was to elimiinate the weather as a variable - it's a bad place to grow grapes and it's only modern wine... Read More

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  • Depends on the maker, Manny. We talking Krug and Salon, or more generic large ... or...? I very much like aged champagne, though some people claim that's an acquired taste.. Read More

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  • Here's a question that has been bugging me for a long time.  How long ... can you hold a non-vintage champagne?  Are there clues on a bottle that give any hints?Thanks for any inpu Read More

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  • My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2.  The wine industry was ... ... foreign wine I drank was Champagne, and CdR at this one French place in SF.  Twenty years later I knew a lot about California, but nothing about the rest of the world's wines, pretty much.  Then a friend pushed me to spread my bets around maybe 10 years ago and drin... Read More

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  • My interest started in the '90's. My brother worked for Jonnie Walker ... ... course was paired with a champagne starting with forgettable White Star and ending with Dom.  That's how I became fascinated with sparkling.  Sometime last year I discovered  Gary Vaynerchuk is occasionally annoying, but I find his reviews insightf... Read More

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  • I was born and raised Mormon and never tasted alcohol until I was essentially ... It was some really crappy Champagne and I had a horrible hangover.  It was some time later, while living in Redding Ca., that I started drinking the occasional glass of Cab Sav with dinner out.  Then my wife and I moved to Victoria BC (where I'm from) and I would... Read More

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  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... ... say the Loire Valley or Champagne or (set your little heart all aflutter) Burgundy. Just get yourself some thin, green, weedy wine that all your guests will hate and berate them for disliking it, explaining that it's "food" wine. (Just don't tell them that "f... Read More

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  • "Trace gas?"  Um, no.  Beneficial?  Up to a point if ... ... I really doubt that the Champagne growers would be going to this trouble--and I hear the same from winegrowers everywhere--if they weren't very concerned about global warming.  Whether certain steps, like taxing CO2 emissions, cap and trade, or what have you, are the right ones is s... Read More

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  • "Freaks": The finest champagne in all of France!"  A way out there, grotesque film that's well worth watching. "Rear Window": Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart and his detective friend all swirling/drinking brandy together. Read More

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  • Mumm Champagne "Extra Dry" NV


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