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‘Come quickly brothers, I’m drinking stars’ - Dom Pérignon upon his tasting among the first successful bottlings of Champagne as we know it. Champagne in these modern times is arguably the most scintillating of all sparkling wines, the near‑weightless beverage that would raise any occasion from the ordinary to the memorable.

 
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Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs
On the 1st of September, 1729, and shortly following a royal decree allowing Champagne wines to be transported in bottles, the House of Ruinart was officially established, making it the very first of Champagne houses to come into existence. The House of Ruinart is today renowned as a specialist with Chardonnay and their superb Blanc de Blancs is produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Luminous light golden in color; both fresh and complex aromas suggest wine-scented crayères, ripe citrus fruits, just baking brioche dough and a little something indescribable more; on the tongue, this is une Champagne très raffiné, fine delicately creamy textured, yet dreamy rich and toasty; elegant, harmonious, round and sumptuous, it just fills the mouth with joyous and generous bubbles. Indeed, Ruinart do have a way with Chardonnay! Regularly $67.50 the bottle, on sale now at:
$57.50 the bottle  $344.28 the case of six

Henriot Brut Cuvée des Enchanteleurs Henriot Brut Cuvée des Enchanteleurs
Like finely woven silk, this offers beautiful texture, sublime balance and integration. Rich apple pastry, candied orange peel, crystallized honey and dried apricot flavors are layered with hints of smoke, sea salt and toasted nut. Lovely, with a fresh, persistent finish. Drink now through 2028. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Rated 95. –ANWine Spectator December 15, 2011. Regularly $157.50 the bottle, on sale now while supplies last:
$137.50 the bottle  $803.28 the case of six

Krug Brut Grande Cuvée
Krug Grande Cuvée is the signature wine of the Champagne Krug and, to be sure, a considerable demonstration of the skill and the intuitive craftsmanship requisite in the making of the very finest Champagne. Typically, Krug Grande Cuvée is composed of from as many as 50 vins claires from 20 to 25 crus and from six to ten different vintages, a work carried on by the very talented cellarmaster and a chosen few in the Krug inner sanctum, the end result of which is a shimmering sparkling wine, seemingly effortlessly balancing richness and freshness, power and finesse. Brilliant golden in color with aromas that are deep and profound, there’s a fine toasty quality, for sure, a suggestion of citrus preserve and perhaps a fine wildflower honey with nuance of baking spice, ah, yes, there is surely a sense of grandeur at play here; the wine just struts out onto the tongue with presence and power, yet perfectly balanced and proportioned, like a vinous version of the big bang, bursting and expanding with complex flavors and, as it has so well been put, "finishing in a final flourish of freshness leaving one longing for more." If there were one name in Champagne that gets the tongues of our discerning Champagne-loving clientèle (and ours, as well) most atwitter, it’s Krug! Regularly $175.00 the bottle, on sale now at:
$150.00 the bottle  $892.50 the case of six

2004 Guy Charlemagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Mesnillésime
A sparkling wine which brilliantly demonstrates the character of the Côte des Blancs, specifically that of Le Mesnil sur Oger, from grands crus parcels of vines averaging 60 years of age planted in these very special kimmeridgian limestone soils. Guy Charlemagne Cuvée Mesnillésime is produced from the first press of Le Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru juices and combines both authenticity of this special terroir and their search for the finest quality from their vines. Pale yellow-gold with green hues; ultra fine bubbles, very delicate sparkle; aromas of candied citrus rind and wine-moistened limestone with hints of something like hazelnuts in whipped cream; almost feels like crémant on the tongue with its light creamy texture and fine sparkle; quite dry (a very light dosage of only 4 grams per liter) with delicate but persistent nuanced flavor on to the finish.
$75.00 the bottle  $765.00 the case

Laurent-Perrier Brut LP
Characterized by a high proportion of Chardonnay which provides a natural purity, freshness and elegance, Laurent-Perrier Brut is produce of about 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier from somewhere near 50 individual crus, with an average échelle des crus rating of 94% and with up to 20% of reserve wines, ensuring a balance and certain consistency of style. Notably, 750ml bottles are aged for three years, magnums 4 to 5 years prior to release. This season's bottling is pale gold in colour with a steady flow of fine and persistent bubbles; delicate yet complex aromas hint at baker's yeast, moist kimmeridgian limestone, candied lime peel and white fruits (Laurent-Perrier themselves note peche de vigne; ample and keenly balanced on the tongue with stone-infused toast and white fruit flavors that emerge through the oh so welcome froth on the tongue. Open, expressive, friendly and just lovely!
$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of six $80.00 the 1.5-litre magnum  $204.00 the case of three

Pierre Péters Cuvée de Réserve Brut
First we tasted the 2008-based wine, which we had on the market two years ago. Bear in mind—Péters performs what they call a "perpetual solera," which means the NV contains whichever vintage is current, plus the previous blend, and so each iteration contains a certain quantity of very old wine. Or you could say it is a mature solera that’s constantly refreshed. This '08-based wine is hyper-aromatic; it was the best in many years, and it’s the one I have in my cellar right now. Then we tasted the '09-based wine we shipped last year. It’s rounder and saltier, more brioche. Flowers in '08, butter in '09. Finally the 2010, disgorged in December 2012. It was gnarly from disgorgement, but with time it will resemble the '08; perhaps more overtly chalky, less hyacinth and wisteria but more jasmine. Surprisingly dense yet pixilated pulverized oyster shell. Time on the cork will really reward this wine. - Terry Theise, author and wine-importer extraordinaire, from his 2013 Champagne catalogue.
$60.00 the bottle  $612.00 the case
$132.50 the 1.5-litre magnum

Delamotte Brut
The elegant mineral style of the venerable house of Delamotte is based on a preponderance of Chardonnay from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Oger together with Pinot noir from Bouzy, Tours-sur-Marne and Ambonnay, with just a dash of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne. Aged on the lees for 30 to 36 months, Delamotte Brut receives only a slight dosage. Delicately toasty, ultra-fresh aromas suggest flesh of green apple and crisp pear, hazelnut cream, with hints of white flowers and lemon peel; a joyous equilibrious mouthfilling frothy feel on the tongue, at once powerful and harmonious, mineral and just toasty, with an agreeable freshness and potency of flavor that carry on long and oh so pleasingly on the tongue.
$40.00 the bottle $204.00 the case of six


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