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

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • 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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

    Pierre Gonet and Chantal Brégeon-Gonet has joined the board of the house in 2001 after Denise Gon...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

    The House of Veuve A.Devaux was founded in 1846. Created by brothers Jules and Auguste Devaux the...

  • Drappier

    Charles de Gaulle's favourite champagne producer, Drappier is a relatively small family-owned Hou...

  • Louis Roederer

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

  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

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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 Winelibrarytv.com.  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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  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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  • 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?

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  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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