The Champagne region's wines are usually blends of different grape varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) from different years and different vineyards, combined to create consistency, vintage after vintage. The result is that despite this northern region's marginal and unpredictable climate, Champagne is incredibly reliable.
Champagne Region: Main Varietals
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The honor of "most expensive Champagne in the world" belongs to a bottle of Veuve Clicquot salvaged from a 19th-century shipwreck in the frigid Baltic Sea. It sold for $43,900 at an auction this June. It's unlikely that the current Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label bottling will last as long, but you can pick it up for about one-thousandth of the price ($45).