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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 Brut Ice Imperial

4 available
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N.V. Moet et Chandon Brut Ice Imperial

Light label condition issue

1971 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; 3 cm ullage; heavy label condition issue

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
July, 2022
MB  *****   

1973 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

Capsule condition issue; label condition issue

WS  90   
MB  ****   

2004 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

JS  96   
WA  95   
WS  95   
VN  94   
2 available
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2010 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon

WE  96   
VN  93   
WA  92   
JR  18.5   
4 available
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2002 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Andy Warhol Label (Blue Label)

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

JR  20   
WA  96   
WS  95   

2004 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Label

2 available
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2005 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon Rose

1-bottle Lot, Cardboard Case

BH  90   

N.V. Moet et Chandon Ice Imperial Rosé

3 available
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N.V. Moet et Chandon Nectar Impérial

2 available
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N.V. Moet et Chandon Nectar Impérial

Light label condition issue

N.V. Moet et Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose

Light label condition issue

N.V. Moet et Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose

LA

1975 Krug Brut

Heavy label condition issue

1979 Krug Clos du Mesnil

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

WS  98   

N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 166eme Edition

WA  96+    
WS  95   
VN  94   
JS  94   
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   

1996 Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothéque Rosé

1.5ltr

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
July, 2022
JS  100   
WA  98   
VN  97+    
JR  18   

1988 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

Light label condition issue

WS  96   
ST  95   

2007 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

WE  99   
JS  97   
WA  96   
VN  96   
WS  93   
JR  18   

1995 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

1.5ltr

N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut

WS  91   
RP  90   
4 available
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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