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

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Bollinger

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

  • Champagne Fleury Père & Fils

    The Terroir Since the first century vine has been cultivated and vineyards existed in Champagne. ...

  • Billecart-Salmon

    The Billecart-Salmon House is the embodiment of these rare family businesses who have constant...

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Champagne on Snooth

  • Yes indeed Ruppert-Leroy seems interesting.I don't step out of my comfort ... the wine. I was at a fancy champagne brunch at Westport, also a number of years ago, and liked the bubbly very much but was kind of shocked at the prices they were asking at the time, more than good French. When it cools off and i get some time, I may well try them agai Read More

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  • Oh. In that case, I take it back. Read More

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  • Sabre related accident. Cleaning up after said superbly successful event, an ... an ... improperly gripped champagne bottle slipped between my fingers and bit m Read More

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  • Mark, when talking about the 'other stuff'' was referring to the possibility of what the Japanese call "2nd day drunk", not the quality of sensation the night before.  ;-) Read More

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  • JD- Very cool article, thanks. Many of the 2nd fermentation outside the bottle ... bottle ... The Science of Champagne" by G. Liger-Belair, physics professor at University of Reim Read More

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  • OT, Damn! so many vintages, I am envious. Looking forward to your report. Read More

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  • I would bet a lot of money, DM, that "that other stuff" is darned good. Read More

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  • Thanks for the book rec, I'm sure it'd be a good read for me. Have ... ... increasingly interested in Champagne lately. Ruppert-Leroy says they are interested in showcasing the still side of Champagne instead of just bubbles, which I can appreciate (especially in this warmer era we live in), and their vineyard and management practices seem to ... Read More

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  • Had heard good things about an organically farmed (only 4-5 hectares just ... ... just ... d'Or boundary) champagne producer, Ruppert-Leroy, a while back, and I got a good impression from the Blanc de Blancs bottle I've tried of theirs. They also make a Blanc de Noirs, and another that may be a combination.In looking them up recently, I notic... Read More

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  • Plenty of coffee the next day? Not that bubbly ever gives me a bad hangover. Don't know about all that other stuff, tho... Read More

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  • Hi champagne lovers I live and work in Champagne with many of the lesser-known champagne makers. I produce videos of them so you can discover more about the people behind the wines and discover something more than just wine reviews. Here are three about Champagne Pierre Gimonnet to start with - copy and past the url into your browser - there ...

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  • THE PICTURE OF THE MAP IT'S WORG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CHAmpagne IT'S EST OF PARIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by 533661luca chevalier 533661 luca chevalier


  • Champagne makes great cocktails. Cocktail recipes using champagne are tasty:http://bit.ly/azdLc5

    Comment by 545088Yolan12 545088 Yolan12


  • A very special weekend in Champagne in November. 12th-15th Nov sees the Reims Wine Festival and around this amazing event you can enjoy an exclusive weekend of champagne discovery: dinners, tasting with an MW, vineyard tour with' the locals' and many superb grower champagnes. Only 6 places remaining so please contact jiles@madaboutbubbly.com fo...

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  • For those who can't get to Champagne, Champagne will now come to you. A unique on-line champagne course brought to you from the heart of Champagne Details at http://bit.ly/MONICApart1

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  • yes chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier but in champagen there is also petit meslier, pinot blanc, pinot gris, arbanne and i think another i can t remember it 's fun tasting champagne made from different varietals

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  • Went to visit Arnaud Margaine yesterday in Villers Marmery ( I live in Champagne and Villers Marmery's the next door village ) Had a really interesting tasting of three champagnes Cuvée Traditionelle (90% Chardonnay 10% Pinot Noir ) a Blanc de Blancs zero dosage and a Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2002 The fascinating thing about Villes Marmery is t...

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  • I love it ;)>> been collecting the metal tabs for a while have 90 as of last night ;)

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  • Any thoughts Fellow Snoothers as to why Chamoagne Salon is such a great champagne?

    Comment by 391515RocketReg 391515 RocketReg


  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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