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Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml Product #29813 (In Stock)
Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml

It's been a few years, but Wine Spectator's review of the 2012 edition holds true for the current release as well!

"This Champagne offers an array of flavor, including toasted brioche, Gala apple, lemon zest, graphite and ginger, with a touch of honey. Elegant, but with good intensity and a moderate, nut-tinged finish." [For the 2012 release]Wine Spectator 92 points

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Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V 375ml Product #30399 (In Stock)
Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V 375ml Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V 375ml

After 300 years of growing and making Champagne in Bouzy, the Vesselle family has mastered the art of making rich, toasty, wines with creamy textures and pure, fresh, finishes. This 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%) aged 30 months on the lees following secondary fermentation.

A smoky, toasty, nose shows hints of strawberry, pear and spice.  Then fresh and very pure in the mouth with red berry fruit, pear, spice and plenty of toast, biscuit and brioche. Perfect balance on the palate through the long, creamy, finish that lingers on and on. This is delicious to just drink but will work beautifully at table, too.

"Powerful, vinous and beautifully resonant, Vesselle's NV Brut Réserve hits all the right notes. The richness and radiance that make Bouzy Champagnes so compelling comes through in spades. Rich red stone fruit, spice, leather and lightly honeyed notes all form a super-attractive fabric of aromas and flavors in this deep, intensely satisfying NV Champagne. What a gorgeous wine this is."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV Product #26688 (In Stock)
Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV Charles De Cazanove Champagne Brut Tradition NV

A terrific bottle of classic and classy real Champagne, priced to share with a crowd.  It’s a blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, and the majority of red grapes give it a richness and depth you certainly wouldn’t expect at this price.  When it made it's US debut back in 2012, Wine Spectator rated it 92 points, saying:  "Offers an array of flavor, including toasted brioche, Gala apple, lemon zest, graphite and ginger, with a touch of honey. Good intensity and a moderate, nut-tinged finish."  And, the Washington Post added: "Wow. What a terrific champers for the money."

This season’s release is every bit as fine, with plenty of rich, toasty notes, generous apple and light red berry fruit, a dash of ginger, and a clean, crisp, nutty, finish.  Real Champagne at a Cava/Cremant price.  Stock-up now!

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Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V Product #7655 (In Stock)
Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Bouzy N/V

After 300 years of growing and making Champagne in Bouzy, the Vesselle family has mastered the art of making rich, toasty, wines with creamy textures and pure, fresh, finishes. This 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%) aged 30 months on the lees following secondary fermentation.

A smoky, toasty, nose shows hints of strawberry, pear and spice.  Then fresh and very pure in the mouth with red berry fruit, pear, spice and plenty of toast, biscuit and brioche. Perfect balance on the palate through the long, creamy, finish that lingers on and on. This is delicious to just drink but will work beautifully at table, too.

"Powerful, vinous and beautifully resonant, Vesselle's NV Brut Réserve hits all the right notes. The richness and radiance that make Bouzy Champagnes so compelling comes through in spades. Rich red stone fruit, spice, leather and lightly honeyed notes all form a super-attractive fabric of aromas and flavors in this deep, intensely satisfying NV Champagne. What a gorgeous wine this is."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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L. Aubry Fils Brut 1er Cru Nv Product #28947 (In Stock)
L. Aubry Fils Brut 1er Cru Nv L. Aubry Fils Brut 1er Cru Nv

From the April, 2014, disgorgement – the point when the Aubry’s removed the yeast from the secondary fermentation and added about 5 g/l dosage.  The Wine Advocate review below is for the September 2013 disgorgement, but the extra time on the lees did nothing but make this beauty better!

“Twin brothers Pierre and Philippe Aubry are best-known for their cuvees rendered from the full range of cepages authorized for Champagne; in other words, for their having tracked down, propagated, and showcased the “forgotten” alternatives to the proverbial trio...The Aubrys ought to already be known for perpetrating some of Champagne’s most startlingly distinctive and profoundly delicious wines, period.

With increased acreage and experience, the unorthodoxy of “unknown” cepages has now trickled down to the level of Aubry’s “basic” NV Brut. This contains just one-quarter each Chardonnay and Pinot; 45% Meunier; and a mixture of Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris). Nearly half of it is reserve wine, and more than half of that from a solera going back to 1998. If that sounds like a recipe for delivering complexity, you’re right and won’t be disappointed! Bittersweet perfume suggestive of gentian and iris mingles with intimations of fresh lime and sea breeze that in turn manifest themselves on a seductively silken palate in both juicy, vivacious exuberance and mouthwatering saliva-inducement. A scallop-like sweetly saline and mineral amalgam takes hold in a vibrant finish that leaves me caught between the urge to linger and the urge to take the next sip. This exceptional value by appellation standards.”  Wine Advocate 92 points (for 2015 release)

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Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV Product #13956 (In Stock)
Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV Jean Vesselle Brut Oeil De Perdrix NV

Dom Perignon - yes, he was a real winemaking monk! - pioneered the making of "white" Champagne from "black" Pinot Noir grapes in the 1600s.  The techniques were refined by the large houses in Champagne's northern regions, but somehow never reached the little town of Bouzy in the south.  When Fulgence Vesselle and his neighbors started making their own Champagne around 1900 (having sold their grapes before), they slightly over-pressed and ended up with a wine that was neither all white or full pink - in fact, the pale orange pink of a partridge’s eye or Oeil de Perdix.

The style faded from view around mid-century, but in 1972 Fulgence's grandson, Jean Vesselle, discovered a few bottles of the old wine hidden in a wall.  He was astounded by the color, freshness, and lovely aromas of this old-style wine and, beginning a few years later, launched his own interpretation of Oeil de Perdix.  It's 100% Pinot Noir pressed lightly pink and aged 3 years in bottle before release. History never tasted so good!

"The salmon-colored NV Brut Oeil de Perdrix is another utterly delicious Champagne from Vesselle. Dried rose petals, orange zest, white pepper and mint give much of its high-toned aromatics, but there is plenty of depth to the fruit as well. Deceptively medium in body, the Oeil de Perdrix possesses striking finesse and exceptional overall balance. Oeil de Perdrix is an old-fashioned style of Blanc de Noirs with just a touch of color from a very short period of skin contact at pressing. "  Vinous (Galloni) 93 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV Product #13997 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Crayeres NV

Over the past few years, Cuvee Crayeres has graduated from a delicious introduction to Eric's wines to a complex, distinctive, very grand wine of its own. It's a 60/40 blend of Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with about 40% aged in barrel and 60% allowed to go through malolactic fermentation.  About 50% of the blend is from reserve wines going back to the mid-2000s.  With 5+ years on the lees and dosage in the 3-4 g/l range, it’s a classy, elegant, and very pure bottle of bubbly.

This year’s release beautiful to look at with a bright brass color, great transparency and shine, and very, very, tiny and persistent buttles.  The aromas are ultra-pure, featuring fresh bread dough, apricot, peach, pear and spice with hints of fresh hazelnut for complexity.  The flavors are complex, too, with fresh lemon, stone fruit, key lime, and green apple fruit notes with accents of salty (not sweet) caramel, toast and spice.  The texture is very fine and sliky and the finish very, very long, with fresh lemon pulp and salty hazelnut notes lingering on and on.  Enjoy it right now for its citrusy freshness or let it rest for 1-4 years to pick up more ginger, baked pear, and toasty, nutty, complexity.

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Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Product #3165 (In Stock)
Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV

As always, a mature style showing brioche, hazelnut, toffee, and butter scents and delivering a powerful, rich, palate with an firm finish.

"One of Bollinger’s great assets is a massive stock of reserve wine, including 600,000 magnums held under cork. Gilles Descôtes tends those reserves, working with the blending team to subsume the variations of the current vintage into Bollinger’s Special Cuvée by using a majority of reserve wines in the blend. The result is a rich and harmonious Champagne with deep reserves of flavor. Its substantial, formal structure feels polished, its flavors balancing the cool earthiness of a limestone cave and the sunnier, bright floral notes of fresh cream. Built for food, whether emphasizing the freshness with lobster bisque, or the depth with beef Wellington and chanterelles."Wine & Spirits 93 points

"Aromatic, with accents of bread dough, smoked almond and crème de cassis, this creamy Champagne is lightly chalky in texture and framed by firm acidity, with flavors of glazed apricot, orange blossom and rich hints of clover honey and coffee liqueur. Drink now through 2022."Wine Spectator 93 points

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Pol Roger Brut N/V Product #6039 (In Stock)
Pol Roger Brut N/V Pol Roger Brut N/V

Pol Roger, one of a few luxury Champagne firms still family-owned, was established in Epernay in 1849.

"Rich notes of pear pastry, toasted almond, smoke and honey are well-meshed with and balanced by fresh notes of lemon peel, quince and grated ginger, all knit with the finely tuned acidity and creamy mousse. Drink now through 2017."Wine Spectator 91 points

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Marc Hebrart Selection 1er Cru Brut Nv Product #31545 (In Stock)
Marc Hebrart Selection 1er Cru Brut Nv Marc Hebrart Selection 1er Cru Brut Nv

A blend 65% Pinot Noir from Verzenay and 35% Chardonnay from the Cote de Blancs.  Delicious!

"Light, limpid gold. Ripe pear, peach pit, honey and buttered toast on the deeply perfumed nose and in the mouth. In a plush, weighty style, with good back end thrust and subtle smoke and anise nuances emerging on the back half. Closes on a chewy note, with lingering spiciness and a touch of bitter quinine."  Vinous (Raynolds) 90 points

"This elegant version features an expressive profile that rides the delicate, lacy mousse, enlivened by finely knit, vibrant acidity. Abundant spice and graphite notes accent a creamy mix of glazed apple, honey, brioche and lemon parfait. Lightly chalky on the lingering finish."Wine Spectator 92 points

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Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut Product #3623 (In Stock)
Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut Veuve Clicquot Yellow NV Brut

America's best-selling Champagne blends Chardonnay and Pinot Noir base wines to create a rich, robust, sparkling wine perfect for most any occasion.

"The VC brand ambassador, the NV Brut Yellow Label (an assemblage of 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 15% Meunier) contains 35% reserve wines. On the nose, ripe and intense (yellow-fleshed) fruit aromas intermix with a very nice maturity from the reserve wines. This is a medium-bodied, yet round and full-flavored Brut. It possesses biscuit and nutty flavors, and a nice freshness and complexity in the intense, aromatic finish. Indeed, this is very delicate and impressively good."Wine Advocate 89 points

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Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes De Vrigny Brut NV Product #17957 (In Stock)
Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes De Vrigny Brut NV Egly-Ouriet Les Vignes De Vrigny Brut NV

Stunning 100% Pinot Meunier aged 3 years on the lees.

"The NV Brut Premier Cru Les Vignes de Vrigny is bright, finely sculpted and chiseled throughout. This is an especially vibrant version of the Les Vignes de Vrigny, Egly-Ouriet's 100% Pinot Meunier. Candied lemon, chamomile, dried pear, almonds, white flowers and mint are all nicely delineated. With time in the glass, the wine softens nicely through the mid-palate and finish. Classy and understated to the core, the Les Vignes de Vrigny is an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. In this release, the Vignes de Vrigny is 50% 2011, 25% 2010, 25% 2009, aged in equal parts tank and neutral oak."  Vinous (Galloni) 91 points

"The NV Brut Premier Cru les Vignes de Vrigny is 100% Pinot Meunier from 40- to 50-year-old vines in Vrigny. The youngest release is based on the 2011 vintage and 50% of reserve wines. It is clear and spicy on the nose, where red apples are displayed and a great purity and elegance is indicated. This is well-structured, tension-filled and finesse-full Meunier with great purity, grip and aging potential."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Blanc De Blanc NV Product #31468 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Blanc De Blanc NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Blanc De Blanc NV

A new wine for us, but one that’s been getting a lot of “buzz” in the wine world recently.  As The New York Times reported last Christmas Eve, “Rodez is centered in Ambonnay, which is known as pinot noir country, but the producer makes an unusual, superb blanc de blancs ($65) from Ambonnay chardonnay. It is richer and fuller than the blanc de blancs you might find from, say, Vertus, but pure and beautifully balanced with great finesse and minerality.”

This new release is a step up from both the wine tasted by The Times and the 91 point example Vinous showcased three years ago.  The nose is reminiscent of maturing Grand Cru Chablis with leesy, brothy, aromas of ripe apple, tangy pear, salty stone, and a pretty accent of toasted hazelnut and caramel.  The salty, minerally, Chablis-like character continues on the palate with lemon, lime, and Granny Smith apple fruit and loads of saline crushed sea shell and chalk.  The ripe apple and apricot fruit comes up nicely on the finish where the very small bubbles lift the flavors and leave fresh stone fruit, citrus, buttered biscuit, and toasted hazelnut flavors with a just right dusting of lime zest.  Richer than all this sounds, the Blanc de Blancs will sing with lobster and scallops or refresh nicely on its own.

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Grand Cru Millesime 2007 Product #30333 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Grand Cru Millesime 2007 Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Grand Cru Millesime 2007

Just a lovely wine from what is shaping up to be an excellent 2007 vintage, Eric Rodez's Millesime 2007 is 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay, with all but 10% fermented and aged in barrel. After 7 years on the lees, it's a shimmery gold color with tiny, precise, bubbles.  Big aromas of orchard and stone fruit with accents of fresh cut hay, brioche, and toasted  nut lead to a precise, crisp, palate of pear, citrus, nuts, toast, and more.  Rich, but not heavy, and very long, this delicious dry Champagne is lovely now and will continue to improve for years.

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Pehu Simonet Grand Cru Brut Rose Face Nord NV Product #31546 (In Stock)
Pehu Simonet Grand Cru Brut Rose Face Nord NV Pehu Simonet Grand Cru Brut Rose Face Nord NV

Just lovely pink wine here with plenty of fruit and a fine, precise, and fresh finish.  For food or just sipping.

"A beautifully pale rosé from the north slopes of the Montagne de Reims, this is fruity while also having a crisp texture. It's a raspberry, red currant flavored wine that is shot through with grapefruit acidity. Perfumed and ready to drink."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

"Wood smoke and spice notes are laced with more subtle flavors of wild strawberry, orange zest and fresh ginger in this energetic rosé, with a lively bead and zippy acidity."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Product #14818 (In Stock)
Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition

This stunning Champabage blends 70% Pinot Noir/30% Chardonnay from 3 Grand Cru sites in Ambonnay, Verzenay and Bouzy with about half from 2011 and the rest 2010, 2009 and 2008. Some of the base wine fermented in barrel for richness, supporting low (under 5 g/l) dossage levels.  This release was disgourged in May 2016 and will certainly be another in a long string of 92-94 point winners.  Galloni's review of last Fall's release remains on point.

"The NV Brut Grand Cru Tradition is all class. Suave, silky and expressive on the palate, the NV Grand Cru Tradition is quite pretty, with lovely brightness and freshness to balance the wine's inherent richness. Red stone fruits, hazelnuts, white flowers and mint are all pushed forward in this deceptively understated Champagne from Egly-Ouriet."  Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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Eric Rodez Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV Product #13994 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV Eric Rodez  Ambonnay Cuvee Des Grands Vintages NV

As the name suggests, Eric Rodez’s Grand Vintages is a rich, powerful and very much “grand” wine in the tradition of Krug (where Eric learned his craft).  This year's release is a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay from seven great vintages going back to vintage 2000.  Eric ages all of these base wines in used oak and blocks malolactic fermentation to maximize freshness and vibrancy.  Then the carefully crafted blend spends 8 full years on the lees before being disgorged this October. The dosage is ultra-low - 2 or 3 g/l - so this could be labeled "Extra Brut," but there's so much richness and depth here that "Brut" seems more appropriate to Eric.

Past releases have earned plenty of critical praise, including 17.5/20 points from Jancis Robinson, 93 from Vinous, and 92 from Wine Advocate.  This year’s release is explosive on the nose and palate, pumping out big notes of lemon curd, caramel, toasted nuts, baking bread, crushed chalk, and more.  The flavors just balloon out to fill your entire palate and finish with layer upon layer of mouthwatering pie crust, lemon curd, hazelnut, crushed stone and salty caramel flavor.  Try holding some for even more richness!

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Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010 Product #31548 (In Stock)
Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010 Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier d'Or 1er Cru Brut 2010

"The 2010 Cuvée Grand Cellier d'Or is warm, rich and open, with signs of early maturity in the bouquet that suggest it will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. Hints of brioche, pear, smoke and slate add layers of nuance. The Grand Cellier d'Or is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir."  Vinous 93 points

"Almost plush in texture, showing an overall sense of finesse, with mouthwatering acidity brightening the finely meshed layers of poached pear, baked plum, mandarin orange peel and pickled ginger, accented by rich hints of toasted walnut and spun honey. A lovely 2010, with a fresh and focused finish. Drink now through 2030. 120 cases imported."Wine Spectator 94 points

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V Product #24689 (In Stock)
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose N/V

A classy, elegant rose from one of Champagne's most important producers.

"Light orange. Vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas are complicated by notes of tea rose, smoky lees and chalky minerals. Bright, incisive red fruit flavors pick up a toasty nuance with air. Fresh, incisive and refreshingly tangy, with impressive finishing clarity and stony persistence."International Wine Cellar 92 points

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Ruinart Brut Blanc De Blancs NV Product #21980 (In Stock)
Ruinart Brut Blanc De Blancs NV Ruinart Brut Blanc De Blancs NV

We think Josh Reynolds' review from December 2014 is still spot on for this rich, complex, and very long finishing Chardonnay classic.  You will not be disappointed!

"Pungent, heady aromas of ripe pear, orange pith, brioche and toasty lees, with a stony nuance adding lift and urgency. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense citrus and orchard fruit flavors that pick up minerality and smokiness with air. Finishes sappy, penetrating and very long, with slow-building sweetness and a note of buttered toast."  Vinous (Reynolds) 94 points

"Bright and harmonious, with a streak of smoky minerality underscoring the poached apple, pastry, spun honey and lemon pith notes, all riding the finely detailed bead. Offers a clean, saline-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020."Wine Spectator 91 points

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