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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    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...

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  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

    Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive ...

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Champagne Gosset

    For four century, great care has benn taken to maintain the reputation of the brand, and to prese...

  • Alfred Gratien

    Alfred Gratien is a Champagne house based in Epernay, France that has been producing since 1864...

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Louis Chaurey Champagne NV


    I got given a bottle of this by a chap at work.Champagne is France's most northerly AOC from the department of that name about 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine due to the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary fermentation in the bottle.Louis Chaurey is a brand name used for champagne made by a negociant house... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • My tee-total nephew gave me a bottle of St.Emilion which I very much ... at ... at work gave me a bottle of Champagne which we drank on Christmas morning as we were opening our presen Read More

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  • Yeah, Bocron, I was getting a bit pompous there, not to mention hyperbolic.In ... ... the white grape of the Champagne region is also Chardonnay.  The two red grapes of that region are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  So, if you are enjoying a French Champagne (I know that is a redundancy.) this New Year's Eve, the wine that you taste is made f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D

  • Thanks for the warm welcome.  I have not been to C.G. DiArie.  I was ... ... like sparkling wines and champagnes.  Wilson Creek out of Southern California makes an awesome Almond Champagne which is to die for!! &nbs Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Chouilly NV


    Decent champagne. Not great but not bad Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Welcome to the Forum, Tom.  We look forward to sharing with you.I prefer ... ... but not sweet whites and Champagne.Where have I heard that, before.  Oh yes, right here in my own house. We have a diplomatic solution.  If she wants white wine, she opens a white wine, and if I want red wine, I open red wine.  It works out quite well.  There's pl... Read More

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  • Hello everyone.  My name is Tom.  My wife and I enjoy finding new ... ... but not sweet whites and Champagne.  Looking forward to reading reviews and sharing my tastes with the rest of the community.  I am a huge fan of Wollersheim winery.  I think they truly produce world class wines and like to go there a few times a year to keep my rack sto... Read More

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  • Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Champagne Blancs de Blancs Grand Cru


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  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve 1999


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    Wine review by keeee

  • Hi.  The Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery is in the Chiltern hills near ... ... above some of the finest Champagne houses in France.For me the highlight was a stunning little dessert wine.  It was like nectar with a very heady note of elderflower and peach.We also tried several of their liqueurs:Wild Strawberry, mead, blood orange and wild p... Read More

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