Numerous people use the term Champagne as a universal term for sparkling wine but the term Champagne can only be used to sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region and is produced under the rules of the appellation. Prosecco, Cava and other sparkling wines can be fantastic and celebrated but cannot be called Champagnes.
The primary grapes used in Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
Champagne became affiliated with royalty in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The best producers associated their Champagnes through packaging and marketing with aristocracy and nobility leading to popularity among the emerging classes. The most prestigious Champagne cellars are located in the cities of Reims and Epernay.
The most common Champagnes styles are Brut Champagne, meaning that the wine is dry and has a minimal dosage (less than 12 grams of residual sugar), Blanc de Blancs, made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, Rose Champagne, in which red grapes juice is left on their skins to macerate or a small percentage of red wine is added, and
Nature or Zero Dosage which denotes the driest style of Champagne, with less than 3 grams of residual sugars.
The following is a selection of some of the best Champagne brands in the world, including Cristal Champagne and Dom Perignon. Our Champagne price points are extremely competitive and we regularly offer Champagne deals and Champagne offers.