2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Plentitude 2, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$430.00USD

Spectacular Champagne.  The P2 series is held back for almost 15 years before being released.  This one is from the excellent 2002 vintage.  The extra time has served to make this a bit fuller and rounder but with all the verve of the original release.  Golden in color with some green hues.  A lovely stream of tiny bubbles in the fluted glass.  On the nose, this is smoky with lemons, salinity and spice (ground coriander?).  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is incredibly smooth and seamless.  Deep.  Notes of lemons, limes, smoke and salinity.  Great balance.  Incredibly long finish.  And, d

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

Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Tasted from Magnum.  Great showing.  In the world of semi-affordable Champagne, this is one of the top Rose's.  Ruby/copper in color, clear and bright.  A steady steam of tiny bubbles form a pretty mousse.  The nose has strawberries, slight orange peel and just a hint of currants.  Medium bodied.  Nice acidity.  Fresh and clean.  On the palate, the red currants really come out along with a bit of red raspberries.  Nice finish.  This drinks easily and served as a wonderful prelude to a long dinner, both stimulating the palate and working well with Potato Pave.  Drink over the next few years

2002 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, France, Champagne, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2002
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$421.00USD

Always a pleasure to try this wine although it underperformed expectations for the  wine in this vintage.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  Nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose is toasty with slight lemon and a hint of smoke.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has tart acidity.  Green apples with slight lemon.  Very long on the finish.  This is very tasty.  It seems to be about at peak or at least turning from a young vibrant Champagne to a mature one.  Drink  over the next ten years unless you like them old.  This is very food friendly and would work with just about any fo

NV Domaine Bousquet (Charmat) Brut Rosé, Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

An amazing value in sparkling wine!  This is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and25% Chardonnay certified organic grapes from Argentina.  The Charmat method allows for the fermentation in stainless steel tanks to capture the carbonation.  Salmon pin/orange in color, clear and bright.  Lots of smaller bubbles.  The nose is very nice with strawberries, yeast (at the proofing stage), and minerals.  On the palate, this is crisp with light tannins.  Notes of fuji apples, strawberries and minerality.  Nice acidity.

NV Domaine Bousquet (Charmat) Brut, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is another quality value from this Argentinian producer.  Made from a blend of organic grapes, it is 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.  The Charmat method is utilized meaning that the bubbles are trapped in stainless steel tanks versus in the bottle.  While that does not have the tradition or "romance" of the Methode Champenois, to does allow for high quality wines at much more reasonable pricing.  And, this bottle is proof.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The wine is frothy on opening with lots of small bubbles.  On the nose, there are lemons, lemon peel, and minerals.  Good aci

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 Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley, USA, California, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

Always a nice value in sparkling wine.  Approximately 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  Frothy with lots of small bubbles.  The nose is less toasty than I remember with more green apple.  Very clean.  On the palate, the green apple is present with slight minerality.  This is crisp and tasty.  Nice on it own, but also quite food friendly.  Fried foods would match easily.  Drink over the next couple years.  

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.

NV Gruet Winery Brut, USA, New Mexico, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

It had been a while since last trying a Gruet wine, so this was a nice opportunity.  Originally founded by a Frenchman with ancestral ties to Champagne in New Mexico, this winery has been making lovely sparkling  wines for decades now.  This one is also lovely.  Silvery gold in color with lot of smaller bubbles.  Toasty with lemons.  Clean.  Crisp.  On the palate, this is tasty with some complexity.  Slight apples, more lemon and toast.  Nice toasty finish.  A great value in sparkling wines.  Very food friendly.  Try it with popcorn.  

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

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