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N.V. Alexandre Filaine Brut Cuvée Spéciale

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February 5, 2023 - $62



93The Wine Advocate

...notes of pear, toasted nuts, white flowers, citrus oil and smoke. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and pillowy, with racy acids and an enlivening pinpoint mousse, it's long and sapid and a terrific effort...

92Vinous / IWC

High-pitched citrus pith, quince and yellow rose scents are complemented by notes of toasty lees and chalky minerals. Shows very good depth and energy on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and blood orange flavors and a hint of tarragon. The floral quality comes back strong on the clinging finish, which shows excellent clarity and mineral bite.

17Jancis Robinson

Vinous, interesting and really flavoursome...loads of flavour and density. Great clarity – not much autolysis but loads of ripe fruit to make up for it.


France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.