Sparkling | Champagne | France | 750ml
A stellar vintage for Champagne! This delicately-flavored, feminine-styled Champagne relies on Grand Cru sites for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and is only produced in exceptional years as Pommery's Tete de Cuvee. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir displays a mature, light, fruity wine with a long finish.
Sparkling | Champagne | France | Champagne | 750ml
"Spiced with ground anise and ginger accents, this offers notes of poached pear, lemon meringue pie, hazelnut and stony mineral. Very elegant and well-meshed throughout, with a silky finish. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,500 cases made." Wine Spectator (92 Points)
"This is a fabulous version of Ruinart’s NV Brut Blanc de Blancs. The wine seems fresher, more vibrant and less obviously sweet than in the past, all of which makes this a far more interesting wine. The trademark profile of lemon, jasmine and green apples is very much in the forefront while the wine’s textural finesse and length are both first-class." Wine Advocate (90 Points)
"A firm rosé, more about its elegant texture and streak of minerality than the flavors of wild strawberry, white cherry, grilled plum and graphite. Hints of spice and fleur de sel accent the finish. Drink now through 2020." Wine Spectator (92 Points)
Salon is one of the great names in Champagne for a very good reason. It is made only in great vintages (the decade of the eighties only produced '82,'83,'85 and '88) and only from grapes from one site, the grand cru of Mesnil. This village grows the most sought after Chardonnay in Champagne. The 1999 Brut Blanc de Blancs is impenetrable. This is a massive, full-bodied Salon that totally saturates the palate with fruit. Neither as austere or pointed as the 1996, nor as open as the 1997, instead the 1999 comes across as big, rich and powerful. There is little in the way of flavor or aromatic development, and it may be some time before any real complexity develops in bottle. Today it looks like the wine’s best days are well off into the future The production hovers around 8,000 six-bottle cases, so the wine is always hard to come by but very worth seeking out! Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.Wine Advocate 95+ Points
"Smoke and sea salt notes accent hints of quince, green plum, light toast and almond paste, and lemon curd in this minerally Champagne. Firm and well-balanced, with a fresh, lightly creamy finish." Wine Spectator (91 Points)
Firm, juicy acidity finds good balance in this creamy Champagne, framing hints of yellow apple, black raspberry and verbena. A thread of freshly ground spices lingers on the refined finish. Drink now through 2015
This ros? shows a lot of personality, with nut and spice aromas and flavors lacing notes of kirsch, ripe raspberry, peach and candied citrus peel. It's well-balanced and accessible, with a slight grain to'the texture and juicy acidity that result in a lip-smacking finish. Drink now through 2016.
Open-knit and creamy, with delicate acidity lending a mouthwatering impression to the flavors of apple tart, lemon zest, grated ginger and a hint of marzipan. Offers a smoky, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2018. 700 cases made.Wine Spectator 92 Points
Sparkling | Champagne | France | Champagne | 6L
"The house’s 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. This focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. La Grand Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir (Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger)." Wine Advocate (90 Points)
Non-vintage rosé is the end result of a desire to create a rosé champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Péters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style. This has the bright savor of a strawberry dipped in sea salt. It's light, with a hint of smokiness to balance the fruit. Together with the fine bubbles, that fruit savor will clean up after cured sausages and other charcuterie.
"The NV Brut Cuvee Grand Cellier possesses gorgeous intensity in its piercing notes of lemon, white flowers and spices. Smoky, floral notes continue to emerge as the wine shows off its class and sheer energy. This is a great showing from the Grand Cellier. The Grand Cellier is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. This release is based on 2008, with reserve wines from 2007 and 2006. The fruit is sourced from Les Hautes Greves and Les Basses Greves, both in Rilly la Montagne. Dosage is 10 grams per liter." Wine Advocate (92 Points)