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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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Krug Brut Grande Cuvée
Krug Grande Cuvée is the signature wine of the great Champagne House of 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 wines from 20 to 25 crus and from six to ten different vintages, a work carried on by (among others in the Krug inner sanctum) the family Krug itself, 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, already suggesting the very best that might be coaxed from mere grapes grown in such a wonderful chalky soil; there’s a fine toasty quality, for sure, a suggestion of citrus preserve and perhaps a fine wildflower honey with nuance of baking spice, but, truly, words elude us; yet there is surely a sense of the grandeur of it all at work 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 $162.50 the bottle, on sale now at:
$137.50 the bottle  $828.78 the case of six

Henriot Brut Cuvée des Enchanteleurs Henriot Brut Cuvée des Enchanteleurs

(a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, all from grand cru vineyards; L1112320111): Light, bright gold. Poached pear, flowers, honey and toasty lees on the smoky, spice-accented nose. Broad and juicy, offering open-knit orchard and pit fruit flavors braced by tangy acidity. Smooth, sappy and smoky on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and closing bite. Tighter than the outstanding 1996 version and missing just a bit of that wine's heft. Rated 93. – Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar October/November 2011

The 1998 Brut Cuvée des Enchanteleurs flows from the glass with juicy yellow peaches, apricots, mint, flowers and light honey. The wine shows gorgeous textural depth along with an utterly refined, impeccable mousse. All the flavors meld together seamlessly on the rich, buttery finish. This is a beautiful, complete Enchanteleurs to drink now and over the next handful of years. The 1998 is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Champagne Mailly, Verzy, Verzenay, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize and Chouilly, all Grand Cru villages. This is Lot # L1112320111. (Tasted: December, 2011.) Drink: 2013-2018. Rated 93. – Antonio Galloni, http://vinousmedia.com/

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

Louis Roederer Brut Premier
From the makers of the famed Cristal, Brut Premier is the embodiment of the style of Champagne Louis Roederer. Produce of a bit over ½ Pinot noir, with about ⅓ Chardonnay and a touch of Pinot meunier, Brut Premier is a blend of multiple vintage wines enhanced by the addition of about a tithe of oak-aged wines from Roederer’s extensive reserve cellars. Light gold in color with vivacious persistent bubbles; refined and complex aromas suggestive of toasted baguette, honey and citrus, with hints of anise, almond and hawthorn; a most refined Brut Premier on the tongue, with a gently expansive froth and a crisp, chalky dry, mouthwatering refreshingness and lasting flavors a most welcome reprise of those first lovely whiffs.
$40.00 the bottle  $204.00 the case of six

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

Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée
Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée is the calling card, the purest expression of the style of Champagne Bollinger. Produce of 60% Pinot noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot meunier grapes; luminous yellow/gold in color; noticeably and reliably rich and toasty on the nose with nuance of citrus peel and buttered biscuit; full‑bodied and dry, frothy and toasty on the tongue with bold, sumptuous and satisfying depth of flavor. Regularly $57.50 the bottle;
$50.00 the bottle  $293.28 the case of six

Pol Roger Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve
Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remain family owned and operated. Pol Roger Brut White Foil is produced from the first pressing only of fruit from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, about ⅓ each Chardonnay from Cote des Blancs, Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, and Pinot Meunier from Vallee de la Marne and Petite Valle d'Epernay: pale gold in color with an ultra fine bead; flowery, delicately toasty aroma; creamy textured, then supremely balanced on the tongue with a dry, well-rounded and harmonious finish that so elegantly cajoles another pull. We find it delectable. And, if it is true that a Champagne house be judged by the quality and consistency of their House Brut, then the house of Pol Roger, in our humble estimation, ranks among those at the very top.
$55.00 the bottle  $561.00 the case

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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