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Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml Product #32611 (In Stock)
Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV 375ml

This small cooperative winery in the heart of Champagne has struck gold with this cuvee- and "yellow label gold" at that.  Because the Charles Clement Brut Tradition is the kind of wine that will thrill anyone who loves Champagne's most famous "yellow label" (which is actually orange) bottle.  It's a blend of 50% Pinot Noir for richness, 30% Chardonnay for toasty vibrancy, and 20% Pinot Meunier for depth and body. 

With 30% reserve wines (base wines from previous vintages) and plenty of time on the lees, it's loaded with crowd-pleasing class.  Small, persistent, bubbles lift aromas of brioche, toasted nuts, apple and stone fruit from the glass.  Then, round and generous on the palate with nice creaminess and plenty of apple, pear, hazelnut and toast flavors that flow on nicely through the fine finish.  A very, very, fine Champagne value.

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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 Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV Product #31401 (In Stock)
Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV Charles Clement Champagne Brut Tradition NV

This small cooperative winery in the heart of Champagne has struck gold with this cuvee- and "yellow label gold" at that.  Because the Charles Clement Brut Tradition is the kind of wine that will thrill anyone who loves Champagne's most famous "yellow label" (which is actually orange) bottle.  It's a blend of 50% Pinot Noir for richness, 30% Chardonnay for toasty vibrancy, and 20% Pinot Meunier for depth and body.  

With 30% reserve wines (base wines from previous vintages) and plenty of time on the lees, it's loaded with crowd-pleasing class.  Small, persistent, bubbles lift aromas of brioche, toasted nuts, apple and stone fruit from the glass.  Then, round and generous on the palate with nice creaminess and plenty of apple, pear, hazelnut and toast flavors that flow on nicely through the fine finish.  A very, very, fine Champagne value.

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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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Jose Michel & Fils Brut Tradition Nv Product #26248 (In Stock)

The review was for a prior release but captures the quality and style here to a T.

"70% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay. Fresh tangerine, pear and sweet butter on the fragrant nose. Smooth and weighty in the mouth, offering pliant orchard fruit and melon flavors and a bracing kick of bitter citrus zest. A minerally element adds lift and cut to the penetrating finish."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

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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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Billecart Salmon Brut Rose N/V 375 Ml Product #32814 (In Stock)
Billecart Salmon Brut Rose N/V 375 Ml Billecart Salmon Brut Rose N/V 375 Ml

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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Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Product #6039 (In Stock)
Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV

A rock-solid standard in Champagne excellence is better than ever in this year’s beautiful release.  Brut Reserve blends roughly equal parts of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay that are gently pressed and fermented and matured in tank.  This year’s release is based on vintage 2012 with at least 25% reserve wines from one or two prior vintages.  The secondary fermentation takes place in the winery’s colder-than-average cellars, slowing it down and driving the creation of especially tiny bubbles.  After 4 years on the lees, it’s riddled by hand, disgorged by hand, and given a generous dosage of 7-9 g/l.  At once refined and rich, elegant and firm, this is delicious now and will actually get better over the next 2-3 years.

"Straw yellow and with a golden hue in color, the Pol Roger NV Réserve Brut displays a brilliant, perfectly ripe but also fresh, highly elegant and refined fruit aroma on the nose; think of cooked pip fruits like pears and apples, but also quince-confiture and yellow stone fruits, such as apricots and peaches intermixed with vanilla, brioche (pain aux raisins), some nutty flavors and also some white floral notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied Brut is as round (if not pretty sweet) and fruit-driven as it is delicate, pure and very elegant. The mousse is deliciously fine and leads this charming and perfectly balanced fizz to a long, aromatic, stunningly dry and slightly mineral, impressively long finish. This is extremely well done Champagne from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay sourced in 30 different crus."Wine Advocate 92 points

"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."Wine Spectator 91 points

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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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Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV Product #5675 (In Stock)
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV

A classic bottle of Champagne, elegant and bright with lovely bubbles and plenty of yeasty toast and biscuit note over the cut apple, citrus, and white peach fruit.  A blend of Pinot Meunier (about half), Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with three years on the lees, this is richly textured and ripe but finishes clean, toasty, and mouthwatering. Very fine value from one of Champagne's most important estates.

"A harmonious Champagne that's satiny in texture, framing flavors of Asian pear, star fruit, pastry and honey with mouthwatering acidity. Offers a fine and creamy finish. Drink now through 2021."Wine Spectator 91 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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Billecart Salmon Extra Brut NV Product #29305 (In Stock)
Billecart Salmon Extra Brut NV Billecart Salmon Extra Brut NV

This review from a few releases ago still applies to this bone dry, but not at all harsh or hard-edged, beauty. A fine wine for shellfish (oysters!) but with enough body and complexity to satisfy on any toast-worthy occasion.  Very limited.

"(45% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay; zero dosage; L348232 16155): Pale gold. Aromas of dried pear, quince and white flowers, with a hint of exotic fruits emerging with air. In the mouth, sappy mango, pineapple and honeysuckle flavors are braced by a refreshing jolt of bitter quinine that lends a refreshingly dry edge. Closes steely and taut, with lingering mineral and citrus qualities. I like the blend of richness and nerviness here."  Vinous (Raynolds) 91 points

"Fresh and harmonious, this integrates a firm frame and a refined, lively bead with smoky roasted almond and toasted brioche notes, complemented by ripe golden apple and blackberry fruit and accents of honey, lemon zest and bread dough." Wine Spectator 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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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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Billecart Salmon Brut Sous Bois NV Product #29304 (In Stock)
Billecart Salmon Brut Sous Bois NV Billecart Salmon Brut Sous Bois NV

Developed at the request of a long-time restaurant customer, this is the only Billecart wine to see oak.  The time in barrel gives it the richness and creaminess to make a perfect match for lobster or truffles!

"Rich flavors of glazed apricot and baked currant fruit, toast, hazelnut, spice and lime blossom show intensity in this well-meshed Champagne, carried on the satinlike mousse and enlivened by racy acidity. Offers a long, sleek finish. Drink now through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes."Wine Spectator 93 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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Andre Clouet Grand Cru Brut Cuvee 1911 NV (BdN) Product #32530 (In Stock)

A stunning, luxury, Blanc de Noirs Champagne with only 1,911 bottles made each year - commemorating the founding of this outstanding grower of Grand Cru Bouzy Champagne.  The label harks back to the Clouet family's history as official printers to Louis XV, while the wine connects to the Clouet's 350+ years in Bouzy.  It's 100% Grand Cru Pinot Noir from three older vintages and aged 6-7 years in bottle before receiving a modest 6 g/l dossage.

The old-fashioned reed covering and classic bottle/label showcase a serious wine.  Bold aromas of brioche, honeysuckle, dried pineapple, orange peel and toast lead to a creamy but very precise palate of red currant, white stone fruits, preserved lemon, hazelnut and more toasty brioche flavors.  Toast, tangy fruit, hazelnut and mineral flavors linger on the long, dry, finish.  This is lovely Champagne to enjoy with or without food, but consider using a white wine glass (vs. a flute) to get all the aroma.

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Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 Product #32464 (In Stock)
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006

Long a benchmark for fine Vintage Champagne, Pol Roger’s 2006 blends about 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and spends at least 8 years on the lees before release.  It’s always one of Champagne’s more powerful wines, but in 2006 had fine elegance, minerality and drive.  You can hold this for 5 years (or longer if you have a more British palate), but its’ delicious now and capable of inspiring some pretty wild reactions – see the Wine Advocate review!

"Sourced in 20 Premier and Grand Crus of the Côte de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, the 2006 Vintage Brut is a cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that was aged for nine years in the 33 meters deep cellar in Epernay. The deep golden-colored wine offers a deep and vinous, very clear and elegant nose of sweet cherries, stewed and baked apples, ripe stone fruits, cinnamon, chalk, brioche, sweet paprika, orangeade and dashes of lemon juice. Full-bodied, rich and round on the palate, this is a creamy textured though pure and highly elegant, firmly structured, powerful and persistent Champagne; it has a noble and rested expression, as well as a long, noble finish. This is midnight Champagne for noble jazz clubs with fine piano music, or to be matched with noble cigars."Wine Advocate 94 points

"It is the balance that stars with this wine. The fruit, acidity and mineral texture are held together in maturing harmony. Still young, the wine is still in the fruity spectrum and yet is very ready to drink now. The acidity and the link between the soft dosage and freshness are all in place."Wine Enthusiast 95 points

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Eric Rodez Champagne Pinot Noir Les Genettes 2010 Product #32753 (In Stock)
Eric Rodez Champagne Pinot Noir Les Genettes 2010 Eric Rodez Champagne Pinot Noir Les Genettes 2010

From a single plot of 41 year-old vines in the tiny Les Genettes site have plenty to say.  As is the custom in Eric's top wines, this was 100% barrel fermented and aged, has zero malolactic, and received a very light 3 grams/liter dosage at bottling. Pure gold in the glass with tiny bubbles, this shows elegant aromas of griotte cherry, toast, and fresh earth.  On the palate it's tight, focused, and ultra pure, with laser tight focus and a finish that won't quit.  Luxurious, delicious now, and worth following for another half-decade.

"Cool, calm and collected on the nose. Tight and dense - almost more like a sparkling Beaune. And that's a compliment!"  Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 points

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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Product #30313 (In Stock)
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006

Named for Champagne's most famous widow - and inventor of everything from Vintage Champagne to riddling racks - this is very grand indeed.  In 2006, it's a blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay aged 8 years on the lees in bottle before disgorgement in early 2015.  A powerful, rich, wine with loads of potential in front of it.

"Bright and graceful, this seamlessly knits a subtle streak of smoke-tinged minerality with flavors of almond financier, poached pear, candied kumquat and crème de cassis, focused by vibrant acidity and a refined, creamy mousse. Disgorged January 2014. Drink now through 2030."Wine Spectator 94 points

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