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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.

N.V. Moet et Chandon Blanc de Blancs Coteaux Champenois Saran

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

3 available
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1985 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light label condition issue

MB  *****   
RP  96   
WS  90   

1996 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

Light case condition issue

RP  98   
BH  97   
WA  96   
WE  96   
ST  94   
WS  93   

2004 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Label

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

1985 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Oenotheque

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

Light case condition issue

WS  90   

2005 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

Light label condition issue

BH  90   

2006 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

Light label condition issue

VN  97+    
WS  96   
WA  95   
JS  95   

2006 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

VN  97+    
WS  96   
WA  95   
JS  95   

1996 Krug Brut

WS  99   
VN  99+    
WA  98   
JR  18   
WS  #10 of 2007   
3 available
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1979 Krug Clos du Mesnil

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; label condition issue

WS  98   

2009 Louis Roederer Brut Nature Cuvée Starck

Light label condition issue

1988 Louis Roederer Cristal

1.5ltr

Light label condition issue

RP  95   
WS  93   
JR  18-18.5   

2008 Louis Roederer Cristal

JS  100   
WE  100   
JD  100   
VN  98+    
JR  19.5   
WA  97+    
WS  97   
BH  95   

2002 Louis Roederer Cristal

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 6.0ltr

JS  98   
WE  98   
WA  96   
VN  96   
JD  96   
WS  92   
JR  17.5   

2002 Louis Roederer Cristal

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case, 6.0ltr

JS  98   
WE  98   
WA  96   
VN  96   
JD  96   
WS  92   
JR  17.5   

2008 Louis Roederer Cristal

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

JS  100   
WE  100   
JD  100   
VN  98+    
JR  19.5   
WA  97+    
WS  97   
BH  95   

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

WS  91   
RP  90   
4 available
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N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

Light label condition issue

WS  91   
RP  90   

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose

WS  90   

1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose Reserve

1.5ltr

Light label condition issue

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Demi-Sec

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Extra Brut Extra Old

Disgorged 06/2016

2 available
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2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Brut

Disgorged 03/2017

2 available
Bid

1986 Taittinger Artist Collection

RP  94   
WS  92   

1993 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

Light label condition issue

ST  94+