2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne, France, Champagne, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$150.00USD

A phenomenal wine in a phenomenal vintage.  Dom really nailed it in 2008.  Light green/gold in color with lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has lemons, brioche, and slight smoke.  On the palate, this is seamless.  Smooth.  Tart lemons, chalk and crushed rocks.  A very long finish.  Delicious and deep.  This is still young with lots of energy.  It should drink like this for another ten years before starting to mature for another twenty to thirty after that.  It will work with virtually any food.  An incredible wine.   

2012 Roland Champion Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Special Club, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

From a grower producer in the village of  Chouilly. This is packaged in an attractive squat bottle.  It is 100% Chardonnay.  Silvery gold in color with a slight copper hue.  Lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has seltzer, brioche and smoke.  On the palate, pears come out and a slight hint of lime.  There is a gravely base to it.  It does seem to have just the slightest bit of sweetness to it.  A long finish.  This is drinking great now and should continue for another five to seven years.  After that it should mature well for another decade for those who like that style.  It will work with just

NV Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut, France, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

This is a lovely Champagne and a nice way to celebrate with friends and start an evening.  Pale yellow gold in color.  It has a nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles.  On the nose, there is lemons and seltzer water.  On the palate, this has lemon candy.  nice acidity.  Slightly sweet on the finish.  Some depth.  This is a recent release.  It is very food friendly and also drinks well on its own.  

2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (regular label)

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$180.00USD

This is the luxury cuvee of Moet & Chandon.  It might be the most well known of all of the luxury cuvees.  The amazing thing is that they make 5 million bottles of this wine every time they produce it.  Of course, it is not produced in every vintage.  They have made a 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and now this 2008.  So, it is made almost every year.  The 2008 is special though.  it is probably the best vintage since 1996.  It is expensive, but for a top notch luxury Champagne it is reasonable.  If you do open a bottle, pay attention.  Don't just open to start a night and let the f

NV G. H. Mumm Grand Cordon Brut Champagne , France, Wine Review

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

Dosage is 8 grams per liter.  Silvery light gold in color.  A nice amount of smaller bubbles.  The nose has seltzer and gun powder.  On the palate, this is lively. Plenty of a (red) apples with a tart sourness that is very nice.  A reasonably long finish.  This is an affordable Champagne that is very user friendly.  It will work well on its own and with just about any foods but especially salty foods.  This should be consumed within the first few years of release.  There was no disgorgement date on this bottle so purchase from stores with good turnover.  

2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne P2, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$330.00USD

Yowza.  This is certainly a step up from the 2000 P2 and the regular 2002 version of this wine.  The P2 signifies that is saw about another 8 years of bottle ageing (under cork) before its final dosage.  The dosage is also less sugar than the regular version.  Just a stunning and youthful wine.  Light golden in color.  The nose is great.  It has this quality not too unlike homemade pie dough.  Not yeasty but doughy.  Also some tart lemons and minerals.  On the palate, this has a lemon candy quality with minerals underneath.  Tart lemons on the finish.  This is persistent and lengthy and see

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier, France, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir.  It was disgorged on October, 2017.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has minerals, slight lemons and a bit of spice/oak.  On the palate, this has good acidity.  It has a lemon hard candy quality to it, that I find enjoyable.  Lots of energy.  Long finish.  This should drink well for the next five to seven years.  It will pair well with most foods.  

2006 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$115.00USD

Always nice to revisit this wine.  This time it was in a tasting with other sparkling wines and tasted blind.  It started out quite tight and took some time to open up.  It continued to open up all night long.  it was the groups wine of the night though not mine.  Light golden in color.  The nose has a lemon/citrus quality to it along with minerals and slight ginger.  On the palate, the citrus carries thru with nice minerality.  Good acidity.  This is just starting to enter its peak period and  should be good for another decade or more before slowly starting to fade.  With the (better) 2008

2010 Pierre Callot Champagne Grand Cru Les Avats, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$90.00USD

This is 100% Chardonnay from a vineyard originally planted in 1951.  Les Avats means "All Good" in old French.  Silvery gold in color.  The nose has minerals and lemons with slight yeast notes.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Not a lot of effervescence.  It seems slightly oxidized.  I don't know if that is the house style or an issue with this bottle.  Either way, it is not to a level of being a problem.  The lemon/citrus carries thru to the palate.  Nice finish.  This probably should be consumed in the next five years if this bottle is representative.  It will go with most foods. 

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne 150th Anniversary Impérial Brut, France, Champagne, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

This ubiquitous Champagne seems to be everywhere and sometimes, that means it can be easy to look past it (for wine geeks anyway).  It is quite good.  This is actually a special bottling to celebrate their 150th anniversary of their founding in 1869.  It is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (30% to 40%) and the rest Chardonnay.  Golden in color with a bit of copper.  The nose is nice with toast, apple and slight ginger.  On the palate, this has nice full carbonation.  Good acidity.  Slight tannins.  Pears and apples.  Long finish.  This is drinking well now and should cont

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