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  • Cristal is the brand name of a Champagne produced by Louis Roederer.
  • Goût de Diamants - the world’s most expensive champagne.
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"Only the first bottle is expensive." - French proverb.

"Champagne is the wine of civilization and the oil of government." - Winston Churchill.

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne." - John Meynard Keynes.

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

"If you think champagne, you'll drink champagne." - Ellen Dean (in Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights).

"I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate . . . and I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself." - Napoleon Bonaparte.

"I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." - Madame Lilly Bolinger.

CHAMPAGNE is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name.

Champagne first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings. Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power. The leading manufacturers devoted considerable energy to creating a history and identity for their wine, associating it and themselves with nobility and royalty. Through advertising and packaging they sought to associate Champagne with high luxury, festivities and rites of passage. Their efforts coincided with an emerging middle class that was looking for ways to spend its money on symbols of upward mobility.

The Romans were the first to plant vineyards in this area of northeast France with the region being cultivated by at least the 5th century, possibly earlier. Wines from the Champagne region were known before medieval times. Churches owned vineyards and monks produced wine for use in the sacrament of Eucharist. French kings were traditionally anointed in Reims and Champagne wine was served as part of coronation festivities. The Champenois were envious of the reputation of the wines made by their Burgundian neighbours to the south and sought to produce wines of equal acclaim. However, the northerly climate of the region gave the Champenois a unique set of challenges in making red wine. At the far extremes of sustainable viticulture, the grapes would struggle to ripen fully and often would have bracing levels of acidity and low sugar levels. The wines would be lighter bodied and thinner than the Burgundy wines they were seeking to outdo.

Contrary to legend and popular belief, Dom Perignon did not invent sparkling wine. The oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, which was apparently invented by Benedictine Monks in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire near Carcassonne in 1531. Over a century later, the English scientist and physician Christopher Merret documented the addition of sugar to a finished wine to create a second fermentation six years before Dom Perignon set foot in the Abbey of Hautvillers and almost 40 years before it was claimed that the famed Benedictine monk invented Champagne. Merret presented the Royal Society with a paper in which he detailed what is now called méthode champenoise in 1662.

Although Dom Pérignon did not invent Champagne, he did develop many advances in production of the drink, including holding the cork in place with a wire collar (muselet) to withstand the fermentation pressure. In France, the first sparkling Champagne was created accidentally; its pressure led it to be called "the devil's wine" (le vin du diable) as bottles exploded or the cork jolted away. Even when it was deliberately produced as a sparkling wine, Champagne was for a very long time made by the méthode rurale, where the wine was bottled before the only fermentation had finished. Champagne did not utilize the méthode champenoise until the 19th century, approximately 200 years after Christopher Merret documented the process. The nineteenth century saw an explosive growth in Champagne production going from a regional production of 300,000 bottles a year in 1800 to 20 million bottles in 1850.

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  • Dom Pérignon Cuvée Vintage champagne.
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  • A. Desmoulins - founded in 1908.
  • A. Soutiran - founded in 1990.
  • Ace of Spades campagnes by Armand de Brignac.
  • Ace of Spades - by Armand de Brignac. "Rated No. 1 Champagne in the World." Non-vintage Champagne brand produced by Champagne Cattier, and sold in opaque metallic bottles.
  • Alfred Gratien - founded in 1864.
  • Alfred Rothschild et Cie Grande Reserve Brut.
  • Alfred Rothschild et Cie
  • AndrÉ Clouet - founded in 1741.
  • AR Lenoble - founded in 1920.
  • Armand de Brignac champagnes.
  • ARMAND DE BRIGNAC - "Rated No. 1 Champagne in the World." Non-vintage Champagne brand produced by Champagne Cattier, and sold in opaque metallic bottles. The brand's first bottling, Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, is identifiable by its distinctive gold bottle with pewter Ace of Spades labels. Like much Champagne, the Brut Gold cuvée is a blend of the grape varieties Pinot noir, Pinot meunier and Chardonnay, making use of only Premier Cru and Grand Cru-rated grapes. Two other cuvées, a Rosé and a Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) were released in 2008. In November 2009, FINE Champagne Magazine published the results of a blind tasting of 1,000 champagne brands, with Armand de Brignac the top finisher.
  • AYALA - founded in 1860.
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  • BAUDRY - "Vignerons Créateurs de Champagnes." Enter the magic of the effervescence ... and immerse yourself in the history of Maison BAUDRY: winemakers since 1660 in the Côte des Bar, the 11th generation continues today the commitment, always for excellence.
  • Bertrand Devavry - since 1946.
  • Besserat de Bellefon - founded in 1843.
  • BILLECART-SALMON - founded in 1818.
  • Bochet-Lemoine - "Winegrowers in Champagne since 1948."
  • Boërl & Kroff champagnes.
  • BoËrl & Kroff - since 1995. Bottled only in magnums.
  • BOIZEL - founded in 1834.
  • Bollinger champagnes.
  • BOLLINGER - founded in 1829. James Bond's favorites: RD and La Grande Année.
    • BOLLINGER 002 for 007 - limited edition of 30,000 bottles of La Grande Année 2002 James Bond special edition for the 007 film Skyfall.
  • BRICE - founded in 1994. "La Passion des grands Terroirs."
  • BRUNO PAILLARD - founded in 1981.
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  • CAMILLE SAVÈS - founded in 1894.
  • Canard-DuchÊne - founded in 1868.
  • Carbon champagne.
  • Carbon - "F1 Official Champagne. Wherever Carbon goes, exciting things happen. From festivals to performances, backstage to tastings, debates to digressions, it sparks deeply human experiences."
  • Castelnau - founded in 1916.
  • Cattier - founded in 1918.
  • Champagne Barons de Rothschild.
  • Champagne Barons de Rothschild - created in 2003 by three extensions of the Rothschild family. The house style is focused on Chardonnay-predominant cuvées produced from the some of the top crus in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims.
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  • Champagne Carbon - founded in 2011. "The historic skill of fermenting the very best Chardonnays and Pinot Noir in small oak barrels adds complexity and elegance to the incomparable style of our champagnes."
  • Champagne Diebolt-Vallois.
  • Champagne Diebolt-Vallois - "Jacques Diebolt has been making Champagne at Diebolt-Vallois since 1959. The winery and vineyards are based in the village of Cramant, although he also has vineyards in some of the top spots in the villages of Chouilly, Cuis and Epernay. This is one of the top artisanal, family run estates in all of the Côtes des Blanc region of Champagne."
  • Champagne Launois - "Maison familliale fondée en 1872 au Mesnil-sur-Oger, la Maison Launois Père et Fils a su rester fidèle aux traditions des vignerons champenois."
  • Champagne Lavergne - founded in 2007.
  • Champagne SÉcygnÉ
  • Chanoine FrÈres - founded in 1730.
  • CHARLEMAGNE - founded in 1892.
  • Charles de Cazanove - founded in 1811.
  • Charles Dufour - Champagne Bulles de Comptoir.
  • Charles Heidsieck - founded in 1851.
  • Charles Lafitte - founded in 1848.
  • Charles Mignon - founded in 1995.
  • Christophe Mignon - "In these vintages 100% Meunier, we claim to realise the full potential of this often disparaged grape variety."
  • Comtes de Dampierre - founded in 1880.
  • Comte de Mazeray Brut by Luxor champagne.
  • Comte de Mazeray - "Created as Luxor in 2005, Comte de Mazeray combines two luxurious products, Champagne and gold. The brainchild of Frenchman Jean-Christophe, Mazeray is a very limited series and is only available in the world's most prestigious locations. Containing flakes of 24 carat gold, added during dosage, this Champagne offers the previously unthought of luxury of drinking gold."
  • Cristal champagne.
  • CRISTAL - the brand name of a Champagne produced by Louis Roederer. Created in 1876 for Alexander II, tsar of Russia. Cristal has a flat-bottomed clear, "crystal" bottle, anti-UV cellophane wrapper, and gold label. Due to its high price and status, it is considered a Veblen good. "Cristal, which is bottled in a natural-colored glass that displays its pale blaze, a chilled fire of such prickly dryness that, swallowed, seems not to have been swallowed at all, but instead to have turned to vapors on the tongue and burned there to one damp sweet ash." - from Answered Prayers, the unfinished novel by American author Truman Capote.
  • Cristian Senez - founded in 1973.
  • Cuperly - founded in 1845.
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  • Dampierre - founded in 1880.
  • De Castellane - founded in 1895.
  • de Cazanove - founded in 1811.
  • De Sousa - since 1986. "Our 'Brut Tradition' Champagne is a blend of several vintages. It owes its roundness to the Pinot Noirs, its vinosity to the Pinot Meuniers and its freshness to the Chardonnays."
  • De Telmont - founded in 1912.
  • De Venoge - founded in 1837.
  • DELAMOTTE - founded in 1760. "A Great Champagne is First and Foremost a Great Wine!" This is the golden rule in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, where Delamotte was founded in 1760. If Delamotte is one of the five oldest champagne houses, it is because we respect the traditions, we are dedicated to flavour and we craft our wines in the heart of the legendary Côte des Blancs terroir.
  • DELBECK - founded in 1832.
  • Deregard Massing Avize - founded in 1936.
  • Desmoulins - founded in 1908.
  • DEUTZ - founded in 1838.
  • DIEBOLT-VALLOIS - founded in 1959.
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  • DOM PÉRIGNON - "Sir, I have given you twenty-six bottles of the best wine in the world." - the monk Dom Pierre PÉrignon wrote those words on September 29, 1694.
  • Dosnon & Lepage - founded in 2007.
  • DRAPPIER - founded in 1808.
  • DUVAL-LEROY - founded in 1859.
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  • EugÈne Ralle - founded in 1925.
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  • Fleury - founded in 1895. "Biodynamique depuis 1989."
  • Francis Orban - founded in 1929.
  • Frerejean FrerÊs - founded in 1778.
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  • Gardet - founded in 1895.
  • Gauthier - founded in 1858.
  • G.H. Martel - founded in 1869.
  • G. H. Mumm.
  • G.H. MUMM - founded in 1827.
  • GONET - founded in 1893.
  • GOSSET - founded in 1584.
  • Goût de Diamants - the world’s most expensive champagne.
  • GOÛT DE DIAMANTS - "A Trbute To Luxury." Goût de Diamants is a handmade luxury champagne from a family run estate in the beautiful village of Oger, France, made with 100% rated Grand Cru grapes. "Taste of Diamonds" - the world’s most expensive champagne - houses a real diamond right on the face of the bottle. Price tag: US$1.8 million.
  • Gueusquin - founded in 1994.
  • GUY CHARLEMAGNE - founded in 1892.
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  • HEIDSIECK MONOPOLE - founded in 1785. Owned by the Vranken company.
  • HENRI ABELÉ - founded in 1757.
  • Henri Giraud champagnes.
  • HENRI GIRAUD - founded in 1975. "This may be the finest Champagne house virtually no one has ever heard of." - Robert Parker.
  • Champagne Henriot Cuvée des Enchanteleurs 1995 Brut.
  • HENRIOT - founded in 1808.
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  • Irroy - founded in 1820.
  • Ivernel - founded in 1963.
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  • J. De Telmont - founded in 1912.
  • J. Lemoine
  • Jacques Selosse champagnes.
  • JACQUES SELOSSE - founded in 1960.
  • JACQUESSON - founded in 1798.
  • Jacquinot & Fils - founded in 1947.
  • Jeeper - founded in 1949.
  • Joseph Perrier - founded in 1825.
  • JUGLAR - defunct Champagne house in 1829 merged into Jacquesson.
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  • Krug Grand Cuvée.
  • KRUG - founded in 1843. Since summer 2011, all bottles of Krug Champagne feature a KRUG ID located on the left-hand side of the back label. For Krug Grande Cuvées, the KRUG ID reveals the oldest and youngest wines that went into the making of the bottle, as well as the details and challenges of that particular season.
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  • Lallier - founded in 1966.
  • LANSON - founded in 1760.
  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut champagne.
  • LAURENT-PERRIER - founded in 1812.
  • Champagne Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle.
  • Laurent-Perrier Grand SiÈcle
  • Le Chemin du Roi: US$160.
  • Le Chemin du Roi - founded in 2018. "This gleaming and vibrant pink Champagne illuminates The King’s Path. Chemin du Roi Rosé is made from grapes grown in some of the finest vineyards in Champagne. Aged for over 4 years on it's lees to create a crisp and smooth Champagne, notes of strawberries, and black currants shine on the palate."
  • LEGRAS - founded in 1808.
  • Lemoine - founded in 1857.
  • Leon Launois
  • Lombard & Cie. - founded in 1925.
  • Louis de Sacy - founded in 1967.
  • Louis Massing - founded in 1936.
  • Louis Perdrier
  • Louis Roederer champagne.
  • LOUIS ROEDERER - founded in 1776.
  • Louis Tollet
  • L&S Cheurlin
  • LUXOR - by Bellorr.
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  • MAILLY - founded in 1929. Produces only Grand Cru Champagne from its 70 hectares of vineyards, using just Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Maison Burtin - founded in 1843.
  • MANDOIS - founded in 1735.
  • Mansard - founded in 1910.
  • Marguet - founded in 1905
  • Marie Stuart - founded in 1867.
  • MAXIM'S DE PARIS - "Our Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir, Brut and Rose champagnes are dressed in their finest evening wear."
  • MERCIER - founded in 1858. Designed and decorated to impress, to this day the Mercier cellars are among the most often toured cellars in Champagne and receive over 100,000 visitors every year.
  • Meunier & Cie - founded in 1894.
  • Moët & Chandon Impérial champagne.
  • MOËT & CHANDON - founded in 1743. Napoleon's favorite champagne house.
    • MOËT ICE IMPÉRIAL - the world’s first ever champagne specifically created to be enjoyed on Ice.
  • Montaudon - founded in 1891.
  • MOUTARD - founded in 1927. Brut, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.
  • G. H. Mumm.
  • MUMM - founded in 1827. One of the largest Champagne producers and it is currently ranked 4th globally based on number of bottles sold.
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  • Champagne Napoléon - Millésime Brut: €49.90.
  • Napoleon Champagne - since 2009. 5 champagnes.
  • Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.
  • NICOLAS FEUILLATTE - founded in 1972.
  • Nicolas Gueusquin - founded in 1994.
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  • Patrick Soutiran - founded in 1974.
  • Paul Goerg - founded in 1950.
  • Perrier-Jouët champagne set.
  • PERRIER-JOUËT - founded in 1811. Produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvée, approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually, with its prestige label named Belle Epoque.
  • PHILIPPONNAT - founded in 1522.
  • Pierre Arnould - founded in 1955.
  • Pierre Mignon - founded in 1970.
  • PIERRE PETERS - founded in 1839.
  • Piper Heidsieck Brut 2006 Champagne, 75 cl.
  • PIPER-HEIDSIECK - founded in 1785. Owning no vineyards of their own, Piper-Heidsieck sources grapes from 60 vineyards in the Champagne region, and produces around five million bottles of champagne a year.
  • The Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée champagne - since 1975.
  • POL ROGER - founded in 1849. The house's prestige label is the vintage Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill is quoted as saying of his favourite tipple "In victory, deserve it. In defeat, need it!".
  • Pommery champagnes.
  • POMMERY - founded in 1836. Owned by the Vranken company.
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  • RenÉ-James Lallier - founded in 1966.
  • Richard Cheurlin - founded in 1956.>
  • Roger Brun - founded in 1898.
  • RUINART - founded in 1729.
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  • SALON - founded in 1905. "The fact that Salon still conserves bottles in its cellars from nearly every vintage is testament to its legacy and honours it."
  • Sapience champagne.
  • Sapience - by Champagne Marguet.
  • Senez - founded in 1973.
  • Soutiran - founded in 1969.
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  • Moët & Chandon Impérial champagne.
  • TAITTINGER - founded in 1734.
  • ThiÉnot - founded in 1985.
  • Tour d'Argent - Grand Cru. "For us, excellence consists in the constant search for balance between vinosity, integrity and elegance."
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  • Veuve Cheurlin - founded in 1919.
  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne bottles.
  • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin - one of the largest champagne houses in the world. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and is one of the largest champagne houses in the world. Madame Clicquot is credited with major breakthroughs, creating the first known vintage champagne in 1810, and inventing the riddling table process to clarify champagne in 1816. In 1818, she invented the first known blended rosé champagne by blending still red and white champagne wines. This process is still used today by the majority of champagne producers.
  • VILMART & CO. - founded in 1890.
  • VRANKEN POMMERY - founded in 1976.
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  • WHITE SEAL - by Moët & Chandon.
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