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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Prosecco

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

  • Chardonnay

    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 A. Devaux

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Champagne Pannier

    Champagne PANNIER was founded by Louis Eugene Pannier in 1899, in Dizy, next to Epernay. In 1937,...

  • Bauget-Jouette

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

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • taittinger  

    Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. Th...

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Champagne on Snooth

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  • Good question, Stephen. We've also lost a lot of ITB contributors, as well as food and service professionals who used to be active here, both male and female, both in the US and in other countries (Europe, the Antipodes).Wonder what Snooth mgmnt would have to say if asked that question? Read More

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  • https://hbr.org/2017/07/a-study-of-the-champagne-industry-shows-that-women-have-stronger-networks-and-profit-from-them?utm_content=buffer04b39&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=bufferInteresting Article on CHampagne Grape pricingAs an aside we seem to be almost totally devoid of female commentaryWHen last active on the forum... Read More

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  • Saturday NightMy brother Paul and his Wife Kate came over from Melbourne - ... ... at our place for Beer and Champagne and some cheese and smoked salmon [plus olives etc]Piper Hiedsieck NV + Guiness Lager for me and Crown Lager for my Paul and LesThe to my favourite Italian Restaurant  - AmbrosinisPaul and Remo have been running the Restaurant... Read More

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  • AlGlad you enjoyed the tasting - its is interesting that a lot of Australian ... other than the traditional champagne varieties.I thin kthe main aim is to try and produce more of a Prosecco style wine than a champagne that compliments our hotter summers by being more fresh fruit focussed than the more yeasty toasted style of champag Read More

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  • I am now inspired as we have a long weekend in most of Australia this weekend ... the night will start with Champagne [I will sneak in a mandatory cleansing ale to wash away the days coffee] journey to Riesling, maybe Chardonnay, definitely Pinot Noir before a mandatory Shiraz and maybe depending on flow a Cab with cheese at the endSo tonight ... 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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