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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  • Chardonnay

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Canard-Duchene

    1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of “vignerons” met and ...

  • taittinger  

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • `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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  • Other movies with wine as a major thematic element--haven't seen a couple ... ... many others with wine, champagne, etc. as part of the setting; some even may be good cinema and the type of movie you might want to see more than once! E.g.:CasablancaNotoriousAn Affair to Remember (Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr version, with their pink champagne)Dr. ... Read More

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  • OK, some proposals:1) asparagus: just about the only wine that reliably works ... a pinch maybe a fino, though champagne can work, sometimes other bubbly, even if flat and shallow cavas and proseccos just get steamrolled.7) soy sauce: sake works, beer works, shochu works, shaosing wine works. Almost no vitis vinifera wine known to man can surv... Read More

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  • Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Champagne NV

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  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... funny, there's Bordeaux, Champagne, France, Spain, Chianti, Italy . . .Then the French have the subsidies and protections, courtesy of all the other taxpayers. Wasn't the entire purpose of the European Coal and Steel Community pretty much a ploy to get German money ... 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!!!

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