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Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne $72.99
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Such an elegant, ethereal wine, this orange-pink wine is dry and crisp with fruity raspberry flavor at the fore. This particular bottling could improve for a year, but makes a great food Champagne now." (12/2013)92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 50% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir and 15% pinot meunier; L344234): Light orange. Vibrant strawberry and orange zest aromas are complicated by notes of tea rose, smoky lees and chalky minerals. Bright, incisive red fruit flavors pick up a toasty nuance with air. Fresh, incisive and refreshingly tangy, with impressive finishing clarity and ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Richly spiced, with ground anise, clove, ginger and cardamom, this offers a lively bead, fresh acidity and flavors of quince, honey, pastry dough and golden raisin. Offers a soft, creamy finish. Drink now through 2018." (12/2012)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This has finesse and elegance, with a thin stream of bubbles and crisp, dry apple flavor. It is taut with a cool feel, still young in the bottle and worth aging a year." (12/2012) K&L Notes: This is one of the best Champagnes we carry, regardless of price. Made from the one-and-three-quarters-acre Belles Voyes vineyard in Oger, this is Bonvill... Read More »
Our staff loved the 2005--"Wow this is decadent Champagne!" pretty much sums up the rave reviews--and we're excited now to offer the 2006. We began importing the Champagnes of Launois about a decade ago, though we haven't been able to promote them properly because our allocations were very tight. Fortunately for us, Bernard Launois has decided to export more! Champagne Launois' wines are highly sought after, so much so, in fact, that we've sold their Champagne to Champenois who can't get it at home! Bernard Launois does things differently than the rest o... Read More »
96 points Connoisseurs Guide: "***Three Stars*** Elegant and fruity at the same time with a quick invitation from bright, pure cherryish notes and then filled out handsomely by whiffs of chalky soils and well-integrated, rich and uplifting yeast-driven scents, this wine manages to be both vigorous and layered at one and the same time. Its bubbles are insistent, finely carved and add to the early sensations of lightness and energy yet also carry the wine long into a balanced, refined finish. And its latter palate grip is exactly what one should expect from the genre. While service with ...Read More »
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Light orange. Sharply focused red berry and tangerine scents are complicated by suggestions of allspice and cinnamon, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Sappy and minerally on the palate, offering fresh strawberry and blood orange flavors lifted by juicy acidity. Packs a serious punch but carries no excess weight and finishes stony and very long, with echoing red berry character. (JR)" (1/2015)92 points Wine Spectator: "A pretty rosé, harmonious and lithe, with flavors of dried strawberry and smoke carrying on a fine bead and intermingling with the accents of toasted almon ...Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "This deftly woven Champagne is all about finesse, offering a rich vein of smoky minerality and vivid acidity. The power is cloaked in a silky texture and notes of creamed pear, lemon confit, almond biscotti and fresh ginger. Drink now through 2021." (12/2014)92 points Antonio Galloni: "Light yellow-gold. Smoky citrus and orchard fruits on the deeply perfumed, mineral-tinged nose. Offers broad, toasty orange and pear skin flavors with an undercurrent of dusty minerals. Picks up floral and ginger nuances with air, along with hints of iodine and tarragon. Rich yet lively blanc de blanc ...Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "This is firm and tightly knit, with a backbone of steely acidity, showing a fine, creamy texture that imparts an overall sense of finesse to the layers of poached apple, mille-feuille, black currant, kumquat and honey, showing hints of ground spice and smoky mineral. Drink now through 2020." (11/2013)92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The classic Bollinger nonvintage is, as always, rich and firmly structured. With the roundness that comes from aging the wines in wood before blending, it has a ripe, smooth edge. Underneath, the texture is solid, with hints of apple and pear and mature acidi ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Notes Harvey Steinman, "...It had what I like to call a winey quality. The flavor profile was more like the fruit-mineral-spice balance of a complex, mouthwatering still Chardonnay wine than the yeasty-citrusy-toasty notes of many blanc de blancs Champagnes. The texture was on the plush side, but had enough acid backbone to be refreshing. 91 points, non-blind." (Web-2010)" K&L Notes: This spectacular Champagne is one of the most sought after in France, and Launois' cult status made it very difficult for us to make a purchase. We lucked out, and now we buy it directly... Read More »
90 points Wine & Spirits: "A whimsical play on fruit and spice, this is delicate enough to hint at an orange blossom scent and meaty enough to serve with cured sausages. It bristles with acidity over red fruit, lasting on heady complexity." (12/2013)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautiful, full rosé that is rich and shows a fine balance between acidity and fruitiness. This bottling is also mature with toastiness coming through, giving a softer, rounder character. There is weight, and great acidity on the finish." (12/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and creamy in texture, this offers a lightly smoky overtone to the flavors ...Read More »
Moet & Chandon introduces Moet Ice Imperial, the world's first ever Champagne created to be enjoyed over ice. This is a blend developed from the house's signature crus, to intensify the taste experience of icy freshness and powerful aromas of tropical fruits. Made to be enjoyed in the daytime, Moet Ice Imperial offers a unique experience for spontaneous moments of celebrations with friends on a sunny day.
94 points Wine & Spirits: "This delicate style of saignée Champagne is a Roederer specialty; the firm completed a new cellar in 2008 with a sole focus on rosé. What sets Roederer rosé apart is the beautiful freshness of a wine like this 2009. Its color is a light orange gold rather than pink or red. Its scent hints at pink grapefruit, the flavors ripe and tangy, deepening to red fruit. As a young wine, its austere structure is ideal for oysters. Cellar it and you’ll have a wine for the dinner table." (12/2014)94 points Wine Spectator: "Tangy raspberry and black cherry fruit is underscored by smoke and minera ...Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "This refined rosé shows verve, offering finely meshed flavors of dried black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with notes of almond skin, gingerbread, honey and candied orange zest. A vein of smoky minerality gains momentum on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases imported." (11/2013)92 points Wine & Spirits: "There’s a tinge of copper to this wine’s color and a hint of strawberry and jasmine in its scent, but there’s nothing obvious or overt about it. For a rosé with this much richness and roundness, it holds itself tight, a delicious, smoky evocation of limestone. ...Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* The latest numbered bottling in the Non Vintage series from Jacquesson, this has a beautiful balance between the lightest dosage, making it very dry, and intense structure and texture. It’s still young and fruity and worth some bottle age." (12/2014)92 points Wine Spectator: "A skein of ground spice unravels through this mouthwatering Champagne, while a firm frame of acidity and a tight, refined bead supports flavors of crunchy pear, ripe white raspberry, pastry dough, smoked almond and lemon confit. Disgorged July 2013. Drink now through 2020." (11/2014)91 points Antonio Galloni: "The Brut ...Read More »
Benoit Marguet is one of the leaders of the organic revolution in Champagne, and all of his estate vineyards are in conversion to biodynamic farming. He has returned to plowing the vineyards with a horse rather than with a tractor, as the horse hooves aerate the soil while a tractor compacts the soil. In the cellar, he is returning to wood as a fermentation vessel rather than stainless.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* One of the best vintages since the great 2002, this is a sophisticated, fruit- and yeast-driven wine. It has a delicate touch, with its white fruit flavors well integrated into the toasty and tangy texture. It will age for many more years." (9/2012)92 points Wine Spectator: "This fresh Champagne offers a lively bead and a smoky, mineral-tinged base note. Flavors of poached apple and pear, dried cherry, bread dough and lemon zest lead to a finish of good intensity and length. Very zesty. Drink now through 2022." (12/2012)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Ripe c ...Read More »
94 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Cuvee Nicole Moncuit VV is a little more structured and implosive than the Brut Blanc de Blancs Gran Cru. Still quite primary, the VV is going to need at least another year or two in bottle for the aromatics to fully develop, especially for readers who appreciate tertiary nuances. Today the 2004 VV is all about fruit and structure, both of which it has in spades. Dosage was 8 grams per liter." (11/2013)94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Rendered from 90-year-old vines in Les Chetillons, the Moncuits’ 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Nicole is fascinatingly ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Laurent-Perrier’s dry style is reflected in this crisp, elegant and fine Champagne. The character is mineral, taut, with a great burst of citrus and white fruit acidity. The ensemble creates a delicious food-friendly wine." (12/2011)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid yellow. Fresh pear and yellow apple on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. In a chewy, expansive style, but with good clarity and thrust. The pear note repeats on the persistent finish, which leaves notes of toasty lees, iodine and honeysuckle behind." (12/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "Steering a little more toward yeast than it does to fruitines ...Read More »
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "A deliciously ripe wine, full of fruit as well as a great mineral texture. It completely expresses the exceptional 2008 with all its structure. Still young, it’s all fruit and freshness that promise serious bottle aging. Drink this complex, serious wine from 2017." (12/2014)93 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2008 Brut races across the palate with gorgeous depth and resonance. Dried pear, spice, mint, anise and wild flowers meld together in the glass. Broad, ample and voluptuous, the 2008 possesses fabulous richness in all dimensions. Beams of acidity and minerality give the 2008 much o ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral on the nose, with hints of lavender and verbena, and spicy on the palate, offering ground clove and anise accents to the flavors of pastry dough, wild cherry, golden raisin, grated coconut and fleur de sel. Harmonious and elegant throughout, presenting a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2021." (11/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut Rose is very, very pretty. This is a fresh, energetic wine that impresses for its length and persistence. The wiry finish suggests the wine will drink well for a number of years, perhaps more if the fruit fleshes out. ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "A firm, toasty rosé, with roasted hazelnut and smoke notes underscoring kirsch, dried strawberry, piecrust and fresh ginger flavors. This is lip-smacking, softened and balanced by a fine, creamy texture. Drink now through 2023." (11/2013)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(70% pinot noir and 30% chardonnay; L1357SP00500): Vivid orange-pink. Aromas of raspberry, candied rose and sweet butter, with a deeper cherry pit quality in the background. Offers juicy red fruit and tangerine flavors that become toastier and spicier with aeration. Clings impressively on the finish, which features zest ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(45% pinot meunier, 40% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay, with no dosage; L349232): Pale yellow. Fresh pear, lemon rind and jasmine on the mineral-inflected nose. Spicy, penetrating and pure, offering zesty pear skin, blood orange and bitter quinine flavors complemented by deeper notes of melon and peach pit. Dry but distinctly fruity, finishing with strong thrust and mineral-driven persistence." (12/2013)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "With zero dosage, this is obviously a very dry Champagne. But such is the richness of its fruit that it tastes ripe and rounded, allowing the citrus bi ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and floral, this is supple and well-knit, offering an appealing mix of apricot, toasted almond, biscuit and subtle chalk. Lightly creamy, with a citrusy finish. Disgorged January 2012. Drink now through 2018." (7/2013) K&L Notes: Blanc de blancs from Bouzy? Yes--and what a blanc de blancs it is! This single-varietal, single-vineyard, single-harvest Champagne comes entirely from the Les Motellettes parcel which was planted in 1961. This bottle is all 2009, although not labeled as a vintage you can find the information on the back label. Quentin Paillard, his bro... Read More »
The juice for this blend comes only from vineyards classed Grand Cru, notably from around Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger, and is made entirely from the "coeurs de cuvee", or the best of the best. Vinification without malolactic fermentation and aging in oak casks adds to the complexity and depth. For the total Chardonnay fan!
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 45% pinot noir, 35% pinot meunier and 20% chardonnay): Bright orange-pink. Spicy cherry, red berries, blood orange and five-spice powder on the perfumed nose. Fleshy but dry, boasting excellent energy to its bitter cherry, redcurrant and floral pastille flavors. Finishes smooth and fleshy, with very good breadth and cling. The turnaround over the last few years at this house, now under the guidance of chef de cave Benoit Gouez, has been remarkable." (12/2013)91 points Wine Spectator: "A smoky, fresh rosé, lightly chalky in texture, showing delicate flavors of crème de ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Intense, mineral-accented aromas of citrus fruits, pear, honeysuckle and iodine, with a toasty overtone gaining strength with aeration. Dry and sharply focused, offering vibrant lime and bitter pear skin flavors and a touch of honey. Puts on weight with air and finishes with excellent clarity, power and mineral-driven persistence." (12/2013)92 points Wine & Spirits: "A pure Côte des Blancs chardonnay, this includes 25 percent reserve wine in the blend. At first, everything about it is white, from chalk to oyster mushroom and grapefruit pith. That dry sensation yield ...Read More »
Wine & Spirits: "This rosé's sweet strawberry flavors balance a kick of spice and rich undertones of nuts. The acidity is ample enough to support the waxy texture and sweet fruit. Serve with a tart aux fraise or strawberry shortcake." (12/2009) Wine Spectator: "Creamy, with honeyed flavors of passion fruit, guava and spice that show a hint of candle wax. There's good intensity to the acidity in this exuberant rosé, and it just balances the tropical overtones, with an off-dry, moderate finish. (Web-2012)"
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Comprising roughly equal parts Pinot and Chardonnay, Taittinger’s 2006 Brut illustrates the delicacy for which their Champagnes are known, with a clarity and primary juiciness that combine for admirable nuance as well as refreshment. White peach, pineapple and lime are garlanded with honeysuckle, lily-of-the-valley and mint, with subtle suggestions of piquant peach kernel, saline sweetness of raw scallop, and pungency of lightly toasted grains serving for further intrigue and allure. This bottling need not apologize in the least for its sense of finishin ...Read More »
91 points Antonio Galloni: "Light yellow-gold. Potent, mineral-tinged Meyer lemon, pear and buttered toast aromas show very good clarity and a hint of anise. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter pear skin and blood orange flavors that deepen and expand with air. Rich yet lithe Champagne with strong finishing cut, lift and stony persistence. (JR)" (1/2015)91 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly floral and balanced, with a fine, creamy mousse supporting spiced flavors of black currant, almond paste, fleur de sel and lemon parfait. This is rich, but kept in check by firm, well-meshed acidity." (11/2014) K&L Notes: Cha... Read More »
Champagne always tastes better from magnum! This all-estate grown Champagne is 100% Meunier from the village of Festigny. Unlike many "Reserve" designation Champagnes, this lives up to its name with half of the wine coming from old reserves. It is quite round, with a wonderful pie crust and spice nose, with some hints of exotic fruit in the flavor. This is medium to full bodied Champagne and makes great drinking on its own as well as being fantastic with pates of all sorts. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)
92 points Antonio Galloni: "Moët's 2006 Brut Grand Vintage is beautiful, finessed and expressive. Smoke, slate, apricot and pastry notes emerge as the wine gradually unfolds. Rich and textured on the palate, yet beautifully supported by veins of minerality, the 2006 is simply impeccable from the very first taste. The richer, honeyed notes typical of Chardonnay in this vintage are particularly evident today while the Meunier, which has higher acidity, keeps things bright, although it plays a lesser part in the overall blend than in years past. The 2006 is 42% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot N ...Read More »
This all-Chardonnay, all-estate Champagne is super exciting, and any real Champagne fan should try it at least once! This brut zero does not come across as austerely dry, but is rather rich due the exceptional ripeness of the two plots in Vertus that this wine is sourced from and the broadness of the 2009 harvest. I can't wait to take one of these home for sushi and Champagne, as this special bottle gets the balance between precision and pleasure exactly right. Don't miss this one! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)
93 points Wine Spectator: "Firm and mineral-driven, showing beautiful integration of the racy acidity, finely detailed texture and layered flavors of dried cherry, apple pastry, almond paste, crystallized honey and pickled ginger, with a lasting, spice-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020." (11/2013)92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a beautifully balanced and elegant offering, with pleasant fruitiness, tight acidity and a fragrant, crisp character. It’s full bodied, and falls in the middle of the brut spectrum of dryness. This is ready to drink now." (12/2013)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(one-third each Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Ch ...Read More »
Barrel-fermented Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Blanc, which is a real rarity in Champagne--it only exists in a few spots in the Aube and it adds a ton of body to this very rich wine. Fleury was one of the first to farm biodynamically in Champagne.
The Arnoulds own 27 acres in the village of Verzenay, a quite sizable holding in this high rent area. If you have enjoyed the wines of Lallement, Bollinger and Krug in the past, you may very much enjoy the bold Champagne of Michel Arnould. The Brut Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru, acquired by assembling different vintages and red Coteaux Champenoises coming from old vines. This lovely Rosé Champagne offers hints of raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant. Very refined on the palate where more berries and finally grenadine notes emerge.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This rich and creamy vintage wine boasts soft apples, fresh acidity and a fine, tight texture. There’s just a hint of toast to round out the palate and add complexity. It could improve with age further, so drink through 2020." (12/2013)92 points Wine Spectator: "A refined version, with a rich, toasty base, this carries flavors of brioche, pureed blackberry, graphite, candied lemon zest and fresh ginger on a fine and creamy mousse, followed by a lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2026." (12/2014)91 points Wine & Spirits: "Régis Camus found the pinot noir of 2006 particularly intense, so he increased the ...Read More »
This creamy, all-Chardonnay Champagne comes from entirely Grand Cru fruit from Avize, Mesnil and Chouilly.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Now with its intensity and some bottle age, this wine—formerly known as Crémant de Cramant—is rich, with its apple flavor blending with an almond note and a soft, warm texture. The acidity shoots right through this ripe wine." (12/2012)91 points Antonio Galloni: "(all grand cru fruit from Cramant; 8 g/l dosage; L1441300081): Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear, white peach and tangerine, with subtle honey and sweet butter qualities in the background. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a subtle touch of toastiness. ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(roughly 55% chardonnay and 45% pinot noir, with about a quarter of the pinot in the form of still wine; L239 9110): Vivid orange-pink. Smoky red berries and fresh flowers on the highly perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Rich but energetic and light on its feet, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors and a bracing jolt of orange peel. Toasty leesy nuances emerge with air and carry through a long finish tinged with spices and flowers." (12/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "A fresh, lively rosé, with a light grain to the texture and notes of juicy white cherry and raspberry fru ...Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright orange-pink. Spicy raspberry and blood orange aromas are complicated by chalky minerals and fresh flowers. Taut, sappy red berry flavors pack a serious punch, with refreshingly bitter citrus zest and white pepper notes providing added lift. This tight, concentrated pink Champagne has the verve to work with sashimi or raw shellfish." (12/2013)91 points Wine Spectator: "Rich with aromas of wood smoke and forest floor, this creamy, finely textured version is enlivened by well-meshed acidity and flavors of poached plum, white cherry, peach and ground anise and ginger. Drink n ...Read More »
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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir; L1R1YD19): Bright yellow. Fresh orange and pear aromas are complicated by chamomile, honey, herbs and fresh porcini. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense orchard fruit flavors braced by gentle acidity. A smoky, leesy nuance lingers on the long, supple finish. Drinking well now and showing good complexity." (11/2012)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This Champagne exhibits both the freshness of the vintage and a sense of toasty maturity. Baked apple aromas are touched with notes of almonds and cookies. The palate is substantially ...Read More »