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Aug
25

Vouette & Sorbee ‘Textures’ Champagne

The sad sack wine grape of Champagne is undoubtedly Pinot Blanc. Rarely seeing more than a miniscule percentage in a blend, those wines made from a majority of it are

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Aug
6

Egly-Ouriet Champagne V.P. (2015 disgorgement)

One of the great grower-producers in Champagne, Egly-Ouriet, has no fear of oak. One of his top wines, the Vieillissement Prolonge, sees extended elevage and lees ageing, producing a wine

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Dec
18

A Champagne Wonderland

Hosting friends for dinner is one of life’s great joys. Picking all the wines for the evening is another. I recently had the privilege to open three superb bottlings at

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Oct
22

On Reductive Ageing, Or A Few Great Bottles of Champagne and Sherry

Champagne and Fino Sherry share two great commonalities. First, they both grow in calcareous clay and limestone soils. Second, they are (generally) both made with uncommon highly reductive wine-making techniques.

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Sep
16

Champagne Jacquesson Dizy “Terres Rouge” Rosé 2008

Few rosé Champagnes are terroir driven wines. Most try to meet expectations for greater fruitiness, softer texture and often (but not always) more dosage. The approach is not dissimilar to

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Sep
11

Jacques Selosse “V.O.” Champagne

For so many, Selosse represents the unicorn experience of Champagne. Few producers have attained similar cult status. But his wines are divisive due to their oxidative style. I fall on

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Dec
24

Bollinger Brut Rosé n/v

I cannot think of a more perfect Christmas wine than Bollinger’s category-leading rosé Champagne made by blending their special cuvée with 6% red Pinot Noir wine from special plots dedicated

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Jul
30

Champagne Dom Perignon 2002

I’m moving past the feeling. The feeling that drives you to unexpected commitment, thinking through your beliefs to become more embedded in value and community. It’s a moment increasingly dissipating.

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May
31

Jose Dhondt Brut Rose de Saignee n/v

This great value grower-producer is best known for its blanc-de-blancs. Do not overlook this beautiful 100% Pinot Noir Rose. A Classic Grower Champagne The Dhondt family started growing grapes for

Dec
4

Champagne Day: Larmandier-Bernier Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru

Consistently in my upper echelon of Champagne producers, Larmandier-Bernier is one of those biodynamic farmers who has dialed in each element of the growing and winemaking process. These wines are