Champagne region banner

Champagne region


The world famous Champagne wine region, located about an hour north of Paris, France, has become synonymous with high quality sparking wines. Situated along the 49th parallel, it is just about at the northern limits where grapes can be successfully grown. The cold temperatures are what help to produce grapes with high levels of acidity ideal for sparkling wine. The region is home to five wine districts Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne. Vines have been grown in the area since the time of Charlemagne.

Today the different districts produce grapes with distinctive characteristics that are blended by Champagne makers to create their trademark styles. The three primary grapes grown in the region are Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier. Bottles labeled with Grand Cru indicates the Champagne is made from the top quality grapes, followed by Premier Crus and Deuxieme Crus. The other distinction indicated on the labels is the amount of time the wine has aged. Vintage Champagne means all of the grapes came from the same year and must have aged for a minimum of three years. Non Vintage Champagne can come from a blend of vintages and must be aged for at least 15 months.

Once a year we feature highly-acclaimed Champagne for the holidays. Every selection is an exclusive import and a perfect way to celebrate the New Year. One of our best exclusive Direct-Imports to-date is the 95 Point Le Brun de Nueville 2006 Brut Champagne. Le Brun received "Champagne Producer of the Year Award" presented by International Wine & Spirit Competition for 2015.