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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.

2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case, 1.5ltr

VN  98+    
JS  98   
JD  98   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5   

1990 Krug Brut

1.5ltr

Light label condition issue

WS  98   
WA  95   

1996 Krug Brut

WS  99   
VN  99+    
WA  98   
JR  18   
WS  #10 of 2007   

1996 Krug Brut

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

WS  99   
VN  99+    
WA  98   
JR  18   
WS  #10 of 2007   
2 available
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1996 Krug Brut

3-bottle Lot

WS  99   
VN  99+    
WA  98   
JR  18   
WS  #10 of 2007   

N.V. Louis Roederer Brut Premier

WS  90   
WS  #95 of 2009   

2012 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Luminous

JS  94   
WA  93   
12 available
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2012 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Luminous

JS  94   
WA  93   
$149.99
$199.99
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2004 Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne Cuvee Belle Epoque Brut Rose

WS  93   
VN  92   
WA  91   

N.V. Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut (Label #5)

375ml

16 available
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N.V. Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut (Label #5)

375ml

12 available
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N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

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

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

WS  91   
RP  90   

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

Light label condition issue

WS  91   
RP  90   

N.V. Bertrand Senecourt Beau Joie Special Cuvee Brut

14 available
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N.V. Bertrand Senecourt Beau Joie Special Cuvee Sugar King Demi Sec

5 available
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N.V. Bertrand Senecourt Beau Joie Special Cuvee Sugar King Demi Sec

Light capsule condition issue

2011 Bollinger James Bond 007 Brut

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

6 available
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1982 Bollinger R.D.

1985 Bollinger R.D.

WS  93   
ST  93   

2002 Bollinger R.D.

1981 Bollinger R.D.

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

Light label condition issue

RP  96   

1988 Bollinger R.D.

1-bottle Lot, Wood Case

Light label condition issue

WS  94   
ST  92+    
2 available
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N.V. Ruinart Blanc de Blancs

WS  92