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

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  • 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...

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  • Champagne de la Rosière

    The Champagne region is an ancient French province, located approximately 150km northeast of Pari...

  • Champagne Gosset

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • taittinger  

    With varietals consisting of 50% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay, the Taittin...

  • Lanson

    The values and expertise that created the unique and enduring style of Champagne Lanson have been...

  • Charles Ellner

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • I liked your post Zuf until you proposed I start drinking Southern Rhone ... ... more good N. Rhone though. Champagne, as noted elsewhere is also starting to pull at me a bit more than it used to.Good point about DRC? Fox. I remember James Hall telling us at the Pinot Noir Throwdown that DRC owns their own forests in the best part of France fo... Read More

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  • Oddly enough, asparagus does pair well with Champagne. Read More

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  • I'm going to go against what the previous two have recommended for the main ... ... If you don't go for Champagne but stick domestic you should be able to find something acceptable around your budget. And since it's Valentine's Day, no one should look twice at two types of sparkling on the menu. The sparkler will be good with both the shrimp a... Read More

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  • Still a lot to learn about Champagne, but judging from my own palate curious about top champagne's with some Pinot Noir as a significant part of the assemblage (not necessarily Blanc de Noirs), as opposed to BdB. Definitely the most memorable one has been the '99 Winston Churchill Cuvee, though I don't think they reveal their assemblage, it is a... Read More

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  • Very good stuff. Used to drink a lot of several Philipponnats, though not so ... thus, like pinot noir in my champagne, very much, even though it brings a complexity that sometimes makes it almost too heavy when I want something more simply light and pure. Anyway, pinot meunier is my least favorite, especially when its flavor comes too far out... Read More

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  • 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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  • 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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