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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Varietals Produced in Champagne View all

  • Burger Grape

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Piper-Heidsieck

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

  • Alfred Gratien

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

  • Champagne Charles Mignon

    Epernay is the capital of the Champagne region, a town with a rich historical past, snuggled up a...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Montaudon

    Today MONTAUDON is one of the rare champagne houses still owned entirely by the founding family. ...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Funny enough I was leafing through a champagne book a neighbor bought me for the holidays last night and it mentioned high levels of Pinot Muenier in NV's generally mean an earlier (it's an earlier ripening grape) drinking, lower quality champagne. Hope the one you have drinks well enough. Read More

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  • There's young Chardonnay, and then there's young Chardonnay from Champagne. Just sick of drinking the stuff young. I like acid, but it's just too much.  Read More

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  • Jon, this is the champagne i found :) Read More

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  • When drinking champagne on the younger side, I'm definitely seeking out those with plenty of Pinot and/or Pinot Meunier. Read More

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  • I recently purchased two vintage ports, 1994 Rozes and 1997 Cockburns - they ... hell? I also bought a Champagne Rose mostly made up of Pinot Meunier... but can't remember the estate at the moment.&nbs Read More

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  • Nice collection there OT.  I see we share the same brand of champagne, although mine was much younger. Read More

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  • Update:  Apparently I'm still on probation for 2015.  You would ... home, Rebecca and I used the champagne left over from last night to toast a successful ride, and then this afternoon I opened a bottle of red wine (Pinot Noir, and quite nice) to relax by the warm fire with a hockey game (Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Black Hawks) on the TV.... Read More

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  • Taittinger Champagne With and Accessories Brut Reserve Including NV

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  • Ayala Champagne Blend Champagne Rich Majeur NV

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    Nice Champagne brought by S/T NYE 2014/5 Read More

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  • Pierre Paillard Rose Brut Grand Cru NV

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    This Grand Cru Champagne has an infusion of Bouzy Pinot Noir wine (6%) which makes the colour just a slightly bit orange... but the scent is still full of melba toast with, admittedly, some subtle earth, cherry and mushroom. There is good, energetic, continuous mousse as well.The Bouzy PN infusion seems to underlay the flavour profile with som... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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