About the Region

Champagne is a wine region in Northeast France. The main grapes used to produce Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The term Champagne is protected and can only be used for wines produced in this region of France. Although in the US, it is still seen on domestic production, but only if the producer was using the term prior to 2006. Now they must include the actual origin in conjunction with the term.

Most Champagne is produced as Brut and Non-Vintage. If the term Blanc de Blancs is seen that means it was produced solely from white grape varieties and Blanc de Noirs means 'white from black’ indicating that only black grape varieties were used, however if neither of these terms are on the label then it’s likely to be a blend of the three varieties mentioned above.