NV Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Light golden in color.  Not much in the way of bubbles.  Just a slight mousse.  The nose is nice with vanilla and light seltzer.  It opens a bit to show a hint of lemon cream.  On the palate there is a light seltzer note.  Slightly sour apple-ish flavors especially on the long finish. This is very food friendly and a fun alternative for a sparkling wine.  $23 

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Nectar Imperial Rosé, France, Epernay, Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Apparently, this bottling was done for the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship.  This was not in the locker room, but part of the same bottling that was.  Go Cavs!  Orange pink in color.  There is a nice mousse with a lot of tiny bubbles.  On the nose there are a lot of cherries and oranges.  Very strong and interesting.  On the palate this is sweet.  Oranges.  The finish is oddly enough almost dry.  This wine's sweetness proved a bit divisive, but was quite enjoyable for me.  It has a nice depth and the acidity works with sweetness and this is very food friendly.  

NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 164eme, Fance, Wine Review

Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

Note:  Back label is pictured for this review.  This wine has reviewed many times but it been a few months.  Light golden in color.  The nose is big and bold and excellent.  Slight oxidation with clean and vibrant baked bread.  Much more vibrant than some prior bottles.  Also some slight ginger and a bit of apples.  On the palate, this is explosive.  Great balance.  Slight apples with a nice minerality.  Served at just cooler than room temp which was perfect (maybe 62F).  Complex and deep.  Food friendly.  If well stored bottles of this are still on the shelf, it is worth finding them and b

2006 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon, France, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A

It is amazing how much wine Moet can make and be so amazingly consistent.  Of course, Dom Perignon, is at the top of their heap.  Light gold with slight silver in color.  A steady stream of tiny bubbles form a nice mousse.  The nose is nice with slight toast and a sort of lemon/tangerine quality that is really nice.  Very clean.  On the palate, that lemon/tangerine quality continues with a nice dose of carbonation.  Incredibly smooth and easy yet with depth and also precision.  Long finish.  Probably not the greatest ever vintage of DP but still excellent.  Drinking quite well at the moment

NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne La Cuvée, France, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Light golden in color.  The nose is nice with minerals, baked bread, slight chalk and red apples.  On the palate, this is refreshing.  Good acidity.  Not much fruit but nice minerality and chalk.  Good depth.  It drinks easy.  Worked with a wide variety of foods.  Retail is around $40 which is fair value.  

NV Trouillard Champagne Brut Extra Selection, France, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay.  This is a fairly priced Champagne (around $40).  Light golden in color.  The nose has some toast with a bit of lemons.  Also a dusty quality.  On the palate, this has a nice minerality.  Some strawberries appear on the palate.  The acidity seems to fade away a bit.  This makes for easy summer sipping.  Nice finish.  Works fine with food.  

NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut, France, Wine Review

Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

From magnum.  Always a good choice for a crowd.  Light golden in color.  Plenty of small bubbles.  The nose has a bit of yeast along with a nice lemon backbone.  On the palate, them lemon comes thru as well as a bit of green apple.  Quite refreshing for a warm summer Brunch.  Not a ton of complexity but some.  Very nice acidity; it worked well with the food.  Perhaps it was the magnum format, but this seemed a bit fresher than this usually shows.  

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