NV Salmon Champagne Montgolfière Sélection Brut, France, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

First time trying  the producer.  A very nice reasonably priced Champagne.  It is a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 25% Chardonnay.  Apparently the last few generations of the family were all Hot Air Balloon enthusiasts so the label features a hot air balloon.  Light golden in color, clear and bright with a fair amount of smallish bubbles.  The nose is nice; toasty with some green apples and a bit of ginger.  On the palate, the toastiness comes thru along a nice minerality and some lemons.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  This makes for a very pleasant start to an evening.  It

NV Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur, France, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

Light golden in color, lots of tiny bubbles, clear and bright.  Nice mousse.  The nose is toasty with some green apples.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is very nice.  Toasty with apples.  Nice acidity.  The finish is a bit clipped.  Overall, a fine, less expensive Champagne that would be nice for parties.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with canopies.  Drink over the next year or two.

2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Lenny Kravitz Limited Edition, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$2500.00USD

This was Magnum 94/200.  A friend's daughter was awarded this bottle from her employer, and she presented it to him for his 60th birthday which was generously shared with his friends.  Amazing wine.  Silvery gold in color, a steady stream of tiny bubbles, clear and bright.  The nose is big with toast, Meyer Lemons, chalk and a hint of ginger.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is so smooth, yet so crisp.  Flavors of green apples, orange peel, minerals and some toast.  So complex and deep.  Incredibly long finish.  This is the best DP since at least 1996.  Quite a treat.  In Magnum format, i

2008 Moutard Père et Fils Champagne Brut Cuvée des 6 Cépages, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is made from six of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne.  Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Arbane, and Petit Meslier (Pinot Gris (called Fromenteau in Champagne is the one not used).  Golden in Color with a lot of tiny bubbles, clear and bright.  The nose is strong with a tad of oxidation.  Caramel, Vernor's Soda, and slight nuttiness.  Perhaps a slim touch of lemons.  A strong backbone of acidity on the palate.  A bit toasty with apples and some nuttiness comes thru.  Medium length finish.  This is very good on its own but would work better with food.  Soft che

NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée 007 James Bond No Time to Die, France, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is a commemorative bottle for the release of the James Bond movie, No Time to Die.  Golden in color, clear and bright, with a steady stream of tiny bubbles.  The bubbles disappear quickly in the glass though.  The nose is toasty with a bit of nuttiness and brioche.  Also some smoke and slight apple.  Tart green apples on the palate.  Some depth.  Easy drinking with a long finish the begs another sip.  This is a fun wine and for a James Bond themed party would be great but at the same time, this is $20 more than the regular version and really not as good.  It is very food frien

NV Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Premier Cru Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut, France, Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$80.00USD

This is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes.  Deep salmon pink with orange hues.  There are a lots of tiny bubbles making a nice mousse.  On the nose, there is orange peel, slight strawberries, and apples.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  On the palate, cherries and apples with a bit of minerality.  Long finish.  This is very tasty.  Drink over the next few years.  This will work well with a wide variety of foods.  Pulled pork sandwiches to grilled tuna would work.  

2010 Dom Pérignon Champagne, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$165.00USD

Always a pleasure to drink this wine.  Light golden in color, tons of very tiny bubbles, clear and bright.  The nose is great.  Toasty with some lemons and a lot of minerality.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Lemons, minerals with plenty of complexity and depth.  Long finish.  This should drink well over the next fifteen to twenty years.  It will go with practically any food.  Popcorn is always a great choice with great Champagne.  

1996 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1996
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$550.00USD

Not much more to say about one of the greatest wines on the planet from a great vintage.  This bottle was bought on release and cellared well.  Light golden in color with a lot of small bubbles.  The nose is concentrated with baked apples, some spice, slight lemon and a brioche/oxidized note that is classic Krug.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, this is still youthful.  Great acidity.  A bit of baked apple, spice and slight cider note.  Long finish.  This is still youthful and should easily go another ten to fifteen years at this level if well stored.  It will pair with virtually any

NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve, France, Wine Review

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

From Magnum.  Silvery/gold in color with a nice mousse.  The nose is nice.  More elegant with some ginger, a bit of smoke, citrus and slight floral notes.  On the palate, great acidity.  delicious.  Lemons with slight lime.  Long finish.  Unclear as to disgorgement date on this bottle.  Drinking great from this format.  It will work well on its own or with just about any type of food.  

2015 Champagne Christophe Baron Champagne Les Hautes Blanches Vignes Charly-sur-Marne, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$250.00USD

This is from the people who bring you Cayuse and other wines from Washington State.  It is Champagne from France made from the Pinot Meunier grape planted in 1969.  Only made in Magnum and sold thru the Cayuse mailing list.  Golden in color with a slight ruby tint to it.  A nice mousse with a lot of effervescence.  The nose has Vernor's soda notes (sort of ginger and caramel).   With air some cherries and lemons come out.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, the cherries and lemons are more pronounced but there is still that underlying ginger.  Nice minerality.  Very concentrated, it slo

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