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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Burger Grape

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Pierre Gimonnet & Fils

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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • Veuve A. Devaux

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

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

    1876 Paul Georg become mayor of Vertus. He was proud of the vineyards around his village and vigo...

  • Lanson

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

  • Drappier

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • BTW...DUNCAN 906...my quarter bottles of champagne, are nearly always from FORTNUM & MASON! Read More

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  • OMG!!!   I just was ready to pop into bed after having....having...no ... at all over the top.....OK CHAMPAGNE QUARTER BOTTLE NOW!!!!HAHA!! Read More

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  • Krug 'Grande Cuvee' Brut NV

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    open for New Year 2017, still rich and buttery like how i love my wines :) Read More

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  • With the chocolate dessert, I would suggest a nice sherry or a port; choosing ... main course pairing.  Champagne would be very appropriate with the foie gras, as JD suggested.  I personally don't like foie gras one bit thoug Read More

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  • Have to admit to some laziness with this lately, and not drinking enough older ... Maybe I'll decant the champagne tonight for kicks.Happy New Year's al Read More

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  • Not sure the reds would be ideal with the foie gras. If you can, try a Riesling or Champagne.Id go with the Cathiard Red Burgundy with the pheasant, that should be really nice.Finally, dessert sounds suitable for the Madeira Read More

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  • Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvee des Moines Brut Rose

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    Toasted almond biscuits and fresh yeast aromas with ripe peach and dried apricot notes. Zesty, fresh and fruity palate with full lemon zest and pancake batter flavors with a creamy mousse and loads of steely acidity livening the palate and ending on an austere note of green apple and pear. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • MJ - Congratulations on your 27th wedding anniversary.  We just celebrated ... ... a 1/2 bottle of Ruinart Champagne, the Blanc de Blanc (Chardonnay).  It was perfect and my sweetie just loved it.  The dozen oysters on the 1/2 shell arrived and then the 1 lb of King Crab was delicious.  For our main meals Sandra chose the John Dory fish and I ... Read More

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  • Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Brut Cuvee des Moines

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    Toasted almond biscuits and fresh yeast aromas with ripe peach and dried apricot notes. Zesty, fresh and fruity palate with full lemon zest and pancake batter flavors with a creamy mousse and loads of steely acidity livening the palate and ending on an austere note of green apple and pear. Read More

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  • Vino - that Failla Chardonnay is good wine. He did some Syrah too and it was ... ... Much like the houses in Champagne do. In the 1970s, they decided to make an estate wine from their own grapes. That is Contino. The winemaker is a friend - he's also from the founding family, and his father was the winemaker before him. Later they decided to ... 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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