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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.

1970 Moet et Chandon Brut Dry Imperial

Light label condition issue

1973 Moet et Chandon Brut Dry Imperial

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

1970 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

MB  ****   

1971 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue; fill level is 3cm below the neck foil

MB  *****   

1971 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

MB  *****   

1971 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

MB  *****   

1983 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  95   
MB  ****   
2 available
Bid *

1985 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue; ullage is 2.5cm below the foil

MB  *****   
RP  96   
WS  90   

2000 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
WE  95   
WA  94   
VN  92   
WS  91   
2 available
Bid *

2010 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

WE  96   
VN  93   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   

2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    
3 available
Bid

2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

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

2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

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

2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    

2012 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

VN  97   
WA  96+    
WS  96   
JR  18.5+    

2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon by Lady Gaga Limited Edition Rose

1-bottle Lot, Metal Case

2004 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon P2

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
WS  97   
WA  95   
2 available
Bid *

1993 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon P3

1-bottle Lot, Plastic Case

2005 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

Light label condition issue

BH  90   

2008 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
10 weeks from purchase date
WA  97   
WS  97   
JR  17   

2004 Krug Brut

116006

WA  97   
VN  97+    
JS  97   
JR  18.5+    

2008 Krug Brut

220019

WS  99   
JG  98   
VN  97   
WE  97   
WA  94   
JR  18+    
WS  #99 of 2021   
2 available
Bid *

2008 Krug Brut

419044

WS  99   
JG  98   
VN  97   
WE  97   
WA  94   
JR  18+    
WS  #99 of 2021   
2 available
Bid *

2008 Krug Brut

Light label condition issue; 419044

WS  99   
JG  98   
VN  97   
WE  97   
WA  94   
JR  18+    
WS  #99 of 2021   

N.V. Krug Brut Rosé

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

Light case condition issue

ST  98   
WS  95   
BH  94   
WA  93   
JR  17+