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Back to Back 2008 • 24 July 2019 There is now universal consensus among winegrowers and wine writers that 2008 is one of the greatest vintages of Champagne. On Wednesday 24 July 2019, you will have a chance to enjoy two of the most acclaimed champagnes of this already exceptional vintage in …

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Champagne William Deutz 2006

Champagne Deutz is the house champagne of the Peninsula Hong Kong. Dedicated to the founder of the house, Cuvée William Deutz is one of their top wines. It is made up of about two-thirds Pinot Noir, a third of Chardonnay, and a pinch of Pinot Meunier. 2006 is a  very …

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Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

This entry level non-vintage overdelivers big time. Not reductive nor skinny. Yet, not oxidative at all. Instead, there’s roundness of freshness, depth, and developed and layered fruit. Bright light gold. Quince, brioche, dried citrus peel and star anise spice. Medium-plus bodied. Versatile. Enjoyable as an aperitif and with first courses, …

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Dom Perignon 2009

The richness and ripeness of the vintage leaps out of the glass. You can even smell the sunshine. Smoky too. On the palate, there is no heaviness. Instead, the creamy-ish texture is laced with vigour, energy and freshness. Apart from the smoky notes, suggestion of quince, ripe apples, nectarines, and …

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Champagne Boizel Joyau de France 1995

Joyau de France,  or “Jewel of France”, was launched with the spectacular 1961 vintage by Réne Boizel, father of present head of Champagne Boizel Evelyne Roques-Boizel. This prestige cuvée is only produced in exceptional years and is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mid-gold, the bubbles arevery fine. Full-bodied …

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Champagne Mumm Grand Cru Brut

This one of my favourite non-vintage Champagnes. The mastery of the blending by Didier Mariotti is truly impressive. So too the quality, and complexity, of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reserve wines, all Grand Cru: Verzenay, Bouzy and Aÿ from the Montagne de Reims, and Avize and Cramant from the …

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Champagne Bruno Paillard Premiere Cuvée

This non-vintage is not to be confused as a Premier Cru. That doesn’t matter because the wine is very good. Aged on its lees for 36 months before being disgorged in March 2017, the bottle spent at least another five more months in the cellar of Champagne Bruno Paillard before …

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Champagne Deutz Demi-Sec 2008

The medium-sweet and sweet categories of Champagne are dwindling because of the modern preference for drier wines. Just as we should be colour-blind in our dealings with fellow human beings, we should identify quality in wine by its overall balance rather than whether it is dry or less dry. This …

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Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rosé Brut

Salmon pink. Red cherries and grapefruit. A fresh, almost racy, aperitif style. A little, and very agreeable, grip of tannins on the finish. Dry and medium-plus-ish bodied. Based in Reims, Champagne Taittinger is still family-managed and family owned, not listed on any stock exchanges.

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Champagne Canard-Duchene Parcelle 181 Extra Brut

This exceptional Champagne is from several select parcels of an organic vineyard. The blend is 30 % Pinot Noir, 30 % Pinot Meunier, and 40 % Chardonnay. Apart from being organic, it is also certifiedvegan. In the words of Cellarmaster LaurentFedou, ‘the development of P181 is part of Canard-Duchene’s global …

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