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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Champagne View all

  • Champagne J. de Telmont

    Family is a rich and precious word, encompassing past, present and future. In the Maison J. De Te...

  • Champagne Paul Goerg

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

  • Billecart-Salmon

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

  • Cattier

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

  • Charles Ellner

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

  • Champagne Philippe Gonet

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

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Champagne on Snooth

  • G. H. Mumm Champagne Brut Cordon Rouge NV

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    The Cordon Rouge NV for 2018 is slightly brioche on both the nose and palate, ... apple notes. Unquestionably Champagne, but for the price you can find better quality in the New World. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Canard-Duchene Brut Classic NV

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    I bought two half bottles of this from the website ... for £18.Champagne is France's most northely wine appellation from the Department of that name some 90 miles north-east of Paris.It is a sparkling wine made by the addition of yeast and sugar to bring about a secondary fermentation in the bottle.My bottles come from the small negociant house... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Had a glass of wine from three bottles last night a Cabernet Franc from Abeja ... ... fine did open bottle of champagne with my daughters, but everything worked out, Happy New Years to all Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Happy thanksgiving to all. Having a glass of champagne while preparing dinner. RCKR if you are looking at a Coravin they’re %50 off now Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Lindemen - bone dry and puckering are not related. Dryness refers to the amount ... an example. With things like Champagne or sparkling wines, people have preferences, some liking a really dry wine and others liking a bit more sugar left in the wine.The Romans wouldn't have made sparkling wine or Lambrusco because there was no way to keep the b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Don't be shy now... I don't always drink classified growths, the best ... ... or Oregon or even fine Champagne every night.  Price is part of the equation, I suppose, but "rightness" or "fit" seems more apropos.  A modest Riesling, a Viognier from Provence, or a good quality (but modestly priced) A. C. Bordeaux will do nicely for me... even a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Every Day Wine?


  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Cuvée Rose Champagne

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    Pleasant cranberry and cherry fruit aromas with dried clay and light savory biscuit notes. Creamy mouthfeel with tart fruit and fresh refreshing acidity, raspberry cherry and cranberry fruit, a pop of zesty spice and a burst of acidity on the mid palate yield to a finish of toast and smoke, mixed berry and grapefruit.93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • DMCKER - thanks for responding! Yea, researching online hasn't turned up ... a good example is, why did Champagne settle on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as their base grapes when they had other varietals to work with like Pinot Muenier or Petite Arbanne, etc.? I found an interesting article pointing me in the right direction and was hoping to fin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Ancient" Decrees & History ?


  • G.H. Mumm 'Grand Cordon' Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by freerangeathlete


  • There are so many great Vintage wines present in Napa Valley, which are ... ... wine has been made famous by Champagne for over 250 years. To make traditional method Vintage wine, it is first fermented in tanks or barrels, and then transferred to the bottle. Then, a tirage is added (sugar and yeast) to each bottle, and a bottle cap is placed o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Best Vintage Winery in...


  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by 533661luca chevalier 533661 luca chevalier


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

    Comment by 545088Yolan12 545088 Yolan12


  • 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...

    Comment by 199543Piccolo161 199543 Piccolo161


  • 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

    Comment by 392041beauris 392041 beauris


  • 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...

    Comment by 199543Piccolo161 199543 Piccolo161


  • I love it ;)>> been collecting the metal tabs for a while have 90 as of last night ;)

    Comment by 246424janice4 246424 janice4


  • Any thoughts Fellow Snoothers as to why Chamoagne Salon is such a great champagne?

    Comment by 391515RocketReg 391515 RocketReg


  • nice and bubbley!!!

    Comment by 365029clorissa 365029 clorissa


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