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Champagne Barons de Rothschild Brut

For as long as I can remember, whenever they entertained at Mouton or Lafite, the Rothschilds (like the vast majority of Bordeaux) always began with bubbles. I don’t recall the brands but champagne was mandatory. And of a status and quality to reflect that of their wine. The families later …

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Champagne G.H.MUMM Grand Cru Brut Selection

Bottle-Age Your Champagne I try to buy my champagne in advance. By that, I mean that what I drink now is the previous batch I bought several months ago. I do that so that the wines garner more bottle-age. The result is a less acidic, more rounded wine with fruit that is more expressive …

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Champagne Egly-Ouriet Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru

Francis Egly is, for me, one of the top winemakers in Champagne. The fact he is modest, conscientious, and so very talented makes him and his wines that much more remarkable. No chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides or chemical anti-fungal sprays are employed in the vineyard. Low yields ensure wine of …

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Amour de Deutz 2007 (en magnum)

Marie-Charlotte Mignucci of Champagne Deutz holds a magnum of Amour de Deutz 2007 with Alfred Leung, Founder & CEO of Imperial Treasure Group, in their new Paris restaurant. This pure chardonnay blanc de blancs is going from strength to strength. From magnum, the fruit is still very primary. With hints …

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Bruno Paillard Rosé Premiere Cuvée

The winemaking is very precise at Bruno Paillard and never more so that with their rosé. Only the first pressing is used. Part of the pinot noir is gently pressed and the juice and skin quickly separated for fermentation to begin. Another part of the pinot is macerated, with the …

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

Founded 200 years ago in 1818, this Mareuil sur Aÿ house provides the benchmark for a lively aperitif champagne rosé. Pink in complexion with  unripe strawberries/raspberries and pink grapefruit. Crisp, lifted, and very refreshing on the finish. Billecart-Salmon is majority owned by the Frey Family, proprietors also of Chateau la Lagune …

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Bollinger Special Cuvée

Bollinger Special Cuvée is just that, special. It is made to a non-reductive style. Nor is it oxidised. “Poised” would be an appropriate description: between fruitiness, structure, and freshness. Special Cuvée was – and remains – a very good wine before becoming a champagne. There is always a lemony zestiness …

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