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

2012 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$125.00USD

Always a great wine and great "value" in the world of expensive Champagne, it seems as the 2012 is one of the best vintages yet, perhaps surpassing 2008 and going back to 1996 for that level of quality, at least for my tastes.  Light golden in color with slight green hues, clear and bright.  The mousse is consistent with lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has a hint of toast upfront, followed by pears with a slight  floral quality.  Some citrus on the back end.  Full bodied.

2007 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$180.00USD

This is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  Minimal mousse but very tiny bubbles.  The nose is lighter but opens with air.  Cherries, oranges and lemons with some minerality.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is refreshing and delicious.  Cherries and lemon rind with underlying minerality.  Long finish.  Great acidity.  This took some time to open in the glass suggesting it might yet have some upside.  It should drinking well over the next ten to fifteen years.  It drinks well on its own but will be incredibly versatile with food.  It shoul

2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$190.00USD

First time trying this vintage and it is awesome if still young.  I hate to call it elegant as that is not correct, but it is the kind of wine that fans of the "less is more" philosophy of wine will love.  Light silvery/gold in color, clear and bright with a lot of tiny bubbles.  The nose is great with green apples, minerality, slight lanolin and chalk.  But it is not big, just intense.  The palate is similar.  At first taste, it seemed to be missing something, but it has an energy and persistence that keeps building.  Intensity without volume.  The green apple and minerality carry thru to

2008 Caillez-Lemaire Champagne Extra Brut Cuvee Jadis, France, Champagne, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

From the excellent 2008 vintage.  This is 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and,10% Pinot Munier.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  A fair amount of tiny bubbles.  The nose has apples, slight cider notes, and a touch of chalk.  Medium bodied.  Good acidity.  The fruit is ripe which comes off a bit sweet but that calms down with air.  Nice apple fruit.  Solid finish.  This is drinking quite well now and should continue to do so for the next decade.  It went well with a varied menu from Shishido peppers and garlic to sharp Cheddar.  

2002 Bollinger Champagne R.D. Extra Brut, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

Golden in color with a persistent stream of tiny bubble.  Frothy.  The nose is tight at first but opens to show ginger, peach, toast, slight nuttiness and minerality.  On the palate, this is dry and very crisp.  Mostly about minerals, but some peach comes thru.  With air, a slight strawberry note. An incredibly long finish.  Just a delicious and complex Champagne.  Drinking quite youthfully now, it should continue to drink well for the hext couple of decades.  This will work with any food.  

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$130.00USD

This is the top "Luxury Cuvee" from this Champagne house.  They nailed it in 2008 and while it might not be quite at the levels of some of the top Champagnes, it isn't priced like they are either.  Another great showing for this wine.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright with a nice mousse of lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has smoke, minerals and light chalk.  Full bodied with excellent acidity.  The minerality and chalk carry thru to the palate.

2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
99
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$170.00USD

This is one of the better vintages of Dom Perignon.  It is truly amazing to make a wine of this quality at the amount of quantity they make.  Drink alongside some other 2008 heavyweights, and this more than held its own.  Light golden in color with a touch of green, clear and bright.  Lovely mousse with lots of small bubbles.  The nose has brioche, lemons and smoke.  Very big and powerful.  On the palate, tart lemons over a nice minerality.  Great mouthfeel.  So smooth and easy to drink.  Yet, deep and complex.  Starting to get past the baby stage and flexing some muscles at this point.  Gr

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