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  1. MINIERE F&R (2010) BRUT ZERO

    Item #: i_347290
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Frederic and his brother, Rodolphe, are the fourth generation to lead their estate. The domaine was founded in 1919 by their great-grandfather but they never bottled Champagne under their own name. For generations, the Minières preferred to sell all of their fruit to larger houses. Frederic Minière worked with Anselme Selosse for two harvests in the late 90s. It was then that Fred fell in love with barrel aged Champagne and saw the benefits of organic viticulture. At the time, he was in the middle of his oenology studies and was at an impressionable age. This experience was formative for him and it convinced him to bottle Champagnes under his family name. This dream would not be realized until 2007 when his father retired and the two brothers were able to chart a new course for the domaine. “If I hadn’t met Anselme I would not be making the wines I make today.”

    This blened which is based on the 2010 harvest is composed of 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay with 15% Reserve Wine from 2008.
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  2. MOET & CHANDON ICE IMPERIAL ROSE 750ML

    Item #: i_376824
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Moët Ice Impérial Rosé is the world’s first Rosé champagne specially created to be enjoyed on ice. Pinot Noir wines are this cuvee's largest component (45% -55%, of which 10% is red wine). Angular and vinous, these wines were chosen for both the intensity of the fruit and the structural integration of the dosage.
    Pinot Meunier wines (35%-45%, of which 10% is red wine). Round and fleshy, these wines were selected to add richness and middle notes of harmony and suppleness.
    Chardonnay wines with a polished acidity (5%-10%) for a refreshing finish. Finally the blend is rounded off with 20% to 30% of especially selected reserve wines round out the assemblage by enhancing its intensity, richness and consistency.
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  3. MONTHUYS PERE ET FILS BRUT RESERVE

    Item #: i_374824
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS-"A streak of smoky mineral drives this sleek version, offering lively acidity and flavors of poached apple, whole-grain toast and black currant, with hints of toasted almond and lemon zest. Drink now through 2018. 20,000 cases made. (11/13)."
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  4. MOUZON LEROUX BRUT L'ATAVIQUE

    Item #: i_374423
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    VINOUS WINE MEDIA 91 PONTS-"“The NV Extra Brut L’Atavique Tradition is a dazzling wine. Deep and resonant on the palate and yet finely-cut, the Atavique captures the combination of fruit intensity and tension that is the signature of Verzy. Bright, saline notes give energy to this Pinot-heavy NV Champagne from Mouzon-Leroux. The blend is 80% 2013 and 20% 2012/2011, 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. What impresses me most, though, is flashes of brilliance that suggest what future wines here might be like.”
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  5. MOUZON LEROUX (14) BRUT ROSE L'INCANDESCENT ROSE DE SAIGNEE

    Item #: i_376429
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This Extra Brut Rose is made from 100% organically farmed Pinot Noir grapes all from the 2014 harvest) fermented with indigenous yeast. Half the base wine was aged in neutral oak casks. Its amber reddish hue was achieved through a short maceration on the skins (i.e. traditional Saignee Process)and was disgorged in March of 2016 with a minimal dosage of 3g/l. The aromas show a distinctive rose petal component laced with hints of cardomin and cinnamon. The palate dispalys dried red berries and earthy forest floor notes that are sugestive af a fine Cote de Beaune with bubbles.
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  6. NICOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT BLUE LABEL

    Item #: i_348530
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - "Rich and creamy, showing the dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake, with lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors. Clean citrusy acidity integrates beautifully and provides an elegance to this refined Champagne. Drink now through 2020."
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  7. PALMER & CO BRUT RESERVE

    Item #: i_326800
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Citrus, pear, and apricot aromas with discrete notes of hazelnut and buttery brioche. Succulent and substantial with an unfettered freshness. The model of balance.
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  8. PAUL BARA 2008 BRUT COMTESSE MARIE DE FRANCE

    Item #: i_371883
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    was $154.95 Special Price $144.95
  9. PAUL BARA 2012 BRUT SPECIAL CLUB

    Item #: i_378603
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Wine Spectator: 90
    was $109.95 Special Price $99.95
  10. PAUL BARA 2013 BRUT ROSE SPECIAL CLUB

    Item #: i_377462
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 92
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The label is terribly pink but the color salmon rose and the bouquet of the 2013 Special Club Grand Cru Brut Rose is absolutely delicate and subtle on both nose and palate. Bright flavors of raspberries, roses and red currant lead to an elegant, fine, well balanced and absolutely delicate and serious Rosé Vintage Champagne, which exemplary reflects the purity and freshness of the 2013 vintage as well as the expressive house style."
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    was $124.95 Special Price $114.95
  11. PAUL BARA BRUT RESERVE GRAND CRU 375ML

    Item #: i_315340
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
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  12. PAUL DETHUNE (05) BRUT PRINCESSE DES THUNES GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_377874
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    PETER LEIM 1 1/2 STARS-"Made of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is based on 2005, with 25 percent of the blend being composed of reserve wines up to 30 years old. This results in a creamy, complex depth of flavor, with richly textured notes of strawberry and red cherry accented by hints of honey, beeswax and dried fruits. Its dosage is slightly high, detracting somewhat from the overall expression, but it benefits noticeably from time in the glass, becoming finer in tone and more subtly detailed—put this in the cellar for a few years and it should become more soil-inflected and more harmoniously knit. Last tasted: 2/13."
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  13. PAUL DETHUNE 2011 BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_375258
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    100% Chardonnay from Ambonnay Grand Cru. Made and aged in 205 liters champagne Oak barrels. Tasting: A gorgeous crystalline gold colour, with green highlights. An extremely fine bouquet, with apricot,grapefruit and peach aromas. Palate: This exceptionally fresh champagne will be an ideal companion for summermeals.Or just to be tasted with our Blanc de Noir for a tremendous tasting that will reflect all the differences only made with the difference of grapes as they are worked exactly the same way. This champagne should be enjoyed either as a cocktail.
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  14. PAUL DETHUNE BRUT GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_375873
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. 2010 base vintage with 50% reserves from 30 different years.
    Pierre comes from a long line of wine growers (since 1610), following Leon, Henri and Paul who transmitted this passion which is so unique of Recoltant-Manipulants, those Champagne growers who bottle and sell their wines under their own labels. Backed by these traditions and experience acquired over the years, Pierre and his wife Sophie are now developing this know-how, keeping pace with technological advances, but always remaining in harmony with nature.
    Our terroir is located on the edge of Montagne de Reims. Our village, Ambonnay, is a Grand Cru Village, only one of seventeen having earned this label of excellence. On the seven acres we cultivate with care, we create seven Grand Cru vintages. Thanks to this unique soil, out Pinot Noir black grapes and our Chardonnay white grapes express their full natural richness.
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  15. PAUL DETHUNE BRUT GRAND CRU 3 LITER

    Item #: i_375874
    Bottle Size: 3 Liter
    was $259.95 Special Price $235.95
  16. PAUL DETHUNE BRUT GRAND CRU 375ML

    Item #: i_375868
    Bottle Size: 375ml
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
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  17. PAUL DETHUNE BRUT GRAND CRU 6 LITER

    Item #: i_379811
    Bottle Size: 6L
    $695.00
  18. PAUL DETHUNE BRUT ROSE GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_376231
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    As with all of Pierre Dethune's Champagnes this 2010 based Rose his made from his family's organically farmed plots all of which are situated within the Ambonnay Grand Cru. For his rosé, Déthune uses both the maceration (i.e. saignee) and blending methods: first, the Pinot Noir grapes undergo a short maceration, giving the juice a deep color that's close to a red wine's depth. To this reddish juice, Paul adds about 20 percent of Chardonnay, both to lighten the color and to add finesse to the blend. The result is a deeply toned salmon colored rose with a delicate effervescence that liberates a profusion of red fruit esters (cherries, raspberries, strawberries, and red currants). In the mouth this Champagne is certainly flush with red berry goodness but what is even more impressive is its detailed core of nougat infused chalk and spice. A memorable rose tailor-made for grand celebrations.
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  19. PERRIER-JOUET 2012 BRUT BELLE EPOQUE

    Item #: i_352070
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 95 POINTS - "The iconic Belle Epoque bottle reveals a well-structured, taut wine. With Chardonnay very much in evidence in the mineral texture, the wine is almost as floral as the bottle. Drink from 2021."
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  20. PERRIER-JOUET BLASON BRUT ROSE

    Item #: i_377405
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    COLOR=BLUE>WINERY NOTES-"The Blason Rosé is a non-vintage Brut wine made from the strictest selection of the finest possible base wines. It was first launched in 1956 in France and remained a limited production Cuvee. A Champagne that blends freshness and intensity. An exquisite delicacy in the floral, stylish and diamond-cut style of the House of Perrier-Jouët."
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  21. PERRIER-JOUET GRAND BRUT NEW BOTTLE PROFILE

    Item #: i_352140
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 91
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "A crowd-pleaser, open-knit and lightly juicy, with a lively, frothy bead. Mixes white cherry, ripe apricot, pickled ginger and mineral notes, with a fresh, spiced finish."
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  22. PHILIPPONNAT 2009 EXTRA BRUT CLOS DES GOISSES

    Item #: i_375324
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    TYSON STELZER THE CHAMPAGNE GUIDE 94 POINTS-"(disgorged March 2018; 39% Chardonnay, 61% Pinot Noir; 37% fermented and aged in oak barrels; no malolactic fermentation; aged 9 years on lees; 4.25g/L dosage; 19,805 bottles). Philipponnat is astute in rolling out its barrels to suit the season, pulling back from 73–75% oak fermentation in 2007 and 2008 to a restrained 37% in the presence of the 2009 harvest. With a gold tint to its medium straw hue, the grand power and volume of this ripe harvest make for a cuvée of thundering proportions. Generous, mature yellow fruits jostle with the roast nut character of barrel fermentation. This warm season furnished low levels of gentle malic acidity, hence its definition owes more to the fine chalk minerality of the site. It’s inimitable Clos des Goisses of other-worldly dimensions. (2020-2021)"
    ANTONIO GALLONI 96 POINTS-"The 2009 Clos des Goisses has been very tight in two recent tastings, which is probably a very good thing for its long-term prospects, but less so for readers seeking the immediacy that is common in so many 2009 Champagnes. White flowers, orchard fruit, mint white pepper and citrus peel add to the wine’s bright profile. Readers should plan on being extremely patient, as the 2009 Goisses does not show much, if any, early appeal, even if the density and textural persistence of the great years are both there. The 2009 is 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter.

    JOHN GILMAN 94 POINTS-"The very, very fine 2009 Clos des Goisses is more typical of what one expects from this wine in its youth, as the nose is far more reserved out of the blocks than the 2010 version. This wine was disgorged in March of 2018 and the cépages of sixty-one percent Pinot Noir and thirtynine percent chardonnay (a two-thirds Pinot to one-third Chardonnay blend is the goal here most years). The 2009 is nicely primary on the nose, offering up scents of pear, lovely red fruit tones, macadamia nut, a lovely base of soil, gentle smokiness and incipient notes of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid core, lovely focus and grip, refined bubbles and outstanding length on the balanced and very promising finish. The palate seems a touch more open than the nose suggests and this wine will probably come forward fairly early for a Clos des Goisses, but will age long and beautifully on its exquisite balance. There is nothing blowsy about this racy 2009! 2025-2075."
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  23. PIERRE PAILLARD XIV EXTRA BRUT LES TERRES ROSES GRAND CRU

    Item #: i_377642
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS-"With a bouncy, lively bead and bright acidity, this is open-knit and accessible, offering flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, biscuit and fresh ginger. Delivers a clean, minerally finish. Disgorged May 2012. Drink now through 2016. 800 cases made. (07/13)"
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  24. PIPER-HEIDSIECK 2002 BRUT RARE NIGHT EDITION

    Item #: i_343230
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 97
    JOHN GILMAN 95 POINTS-"I reported on the 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Rare a year ago [2015] and time does not seem to have touched it at all over the last twelve months, for if anything, this particular bottle seemed even younger than last year’s! The wine beautifully synthesizes the ripe fruit of ’02 with great structural integrity and seems likely to drink at its peak for at least another twenty years. The bouquet is a pure, complex blend of apple, white peach, a touch of leesiness, a great base of soil, fresh-baked bread, a touch of citrus peel and an overtly smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and superbly detailed, with a fine core of fruit, elegant mousse, bright acids and excellent backend mineral drive on the long, vibrant and very classy finish. 2016- 2035+.

    WINE SPECTATOR 97 POINTS
    - "A powerhouse, with verve to the finely cut, racy acidity, showing a sense of finesse and seamless integration of the firm frame. The silky texture carries layer upon layer of toasted brioche, currant and pear pâte de fruit flavors, with notes of grated ginger and coconut, cappuccino foam and spun honey. Mineral accents of smoke, ground spice and fleur de sel build on the long, echoing finish. Drink now through 2032."

    For the seventh consecutive year Chef de Cave Regis Camus of Piper-Heidsieck has walked away with the prestigious International Wine Challenge’s Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Award. It seems only fitting that Champagne’s most awarded Winemaker would be the mind behind this year’s top Champagne release. Since joining Piper-Heidsieck in 1994, Camus has shepherded the house to great acclaim thanks to his expert blending skills, attention to detail and passion for quality. Over the years we have developed an acute suspicion of ornately packaged wines (and boy is this tête de cuvée ever dressed to the nines); however, this is definitely one of those rare instances where the Champagne is as lustrous as its gilded label. As the notes below attest, this Piper Rare ranks with the best of the best from the great Champagne class of 2002. It goes without saying that this handsomely adorned treasure would make a most impressive executive gift.
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  25. PLOYEZ-JACQUEMART 99 X BRUT LIES DE HARBONVILLE

    Item #: i_373648
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    JOHN GILMAN 95 POINTS- "The 1999 Ployez-Jacquemart 'Liesse d’Harbonville' is its customary blend of seventy percent Chardonnay and thirty percent Pinot Noir, with all of the vins clairs barrel-fermented and aged for six months in the cellars in two and three year-old barrels. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation and is aged for more than twelve years on the lees prior to disgorgement. The 1999 bottling offers up a deep and very classy nose of pear, delicious apple, buttery overtones from the oak, brioche, crème patissière, complex minerality, a bit of hazelnut and a topnote of gentle smokiness. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very racy (from its non-malo personality), with a great core of fruit, broad shoulders (from the ’99 vintage’s ripeness), very refined mousse and stunning complexity on the very long, poised and perfectly balanced finish. The ripeness of 1999 is mostly felt here in terms of the breadth of the attack and the rock solid nature of the wine in the mid-palate, but I also get the sense that this fine vintage of Liesse d’Harbonville will mature on a faster track than wines such as the 1995 or 1996, and will probably be at its apogee within the next three or our years. It is a stellar example of the ’99 vintage. 2016-2025+. (May/Jun 2014)"
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