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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.

1962 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light capsule condition issue; 3.5 cm ullage; label condition issue

1969 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

1990 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

WA  98   
RP  96   
JR  19   
ST  93+    
WS  90   

2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    
4 available
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2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    

2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    

1998 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

Light case condition issue

WE  95   
BH  94   
VN  93   
WA  92   
WS  91   
2 available
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2010 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

Capsule condition issue; Light case condition issue

WE  96   
VN  93   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2002 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Andy Warhol Label (Red Label)

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

JR  20   
WA  96   
WS  95   

2000 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon P2

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
WS  97   
JS  97   
VN  96   
WA  94   
JR  18.5   

2003 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon P2

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

WS  96   
VN  96   
WA  94   
JR  18   
6 available
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2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Reserve Edition

2 available
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2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
WA  97   
WS  97   
JR  17   

N.V. Moet et Chandon White Star

Light label condition issue

1976 Krug Brut

Heavy capsule condition issue; heavy label condition issue

VN  96   
WS  93   

1996 Krug Brut

1.5ltr

109005

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
WS  99   
VN  99+    
WA  98   
JR  18   
WS  #10 of 2007   

N.V. Krug Brut Rose 20eme Edition

1.5ltr

416044

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023

1995 Krug Clos d'Ambonnay

206039

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
WA  98   
VN  98   
WS  95   

1988 Krug Clos du Mesnil

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  99   
ST  97+    

1988 Krug Collection

417035

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
April, 2023
VN  97   
WS  96   

N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 170eme Edition

221042

WA  95   
WS  95   
JG  95   
JR  18   
5 available
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N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 170eme Edition

WA  95   
WS  95   
JG  95   
JR  18   
4 available
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N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 170eme Edition

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

WA  95   
WS  95   
JG  95   
JR  18   
2 available
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1999 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  94   
WS  94   
VN  94   
JR  18   

N.V. Taittinger Brut Prestige Rose

VN  92   
WA  90   
9 available
Bid *