1998 Dejoria Platinum Brut Champagne (Elsewhere $90+ )

SKU #1050342

We tasted this Champagne and liked it when it was expensive, but didn't feel that it offered great value at that high price. After months of going back and forth, we ended up with a better deal than we thought possible and bought everything the distributor had. This is a wine cut from the Ace of Spades cloth (which we sell for $269), both in production (the Ace is also a brand made by a separate producer) and in flavor. It is made entirely from the first press juice of a strict selection of Beaumont des Crayeres 212 acres of vines. It is very well balanced, exceedingly easy to drink Champagne that is velvety smooth without being sweet or fat. The wine has lovely maturity from long aging on the lees, but also has nice freshness on the finish. It is a very easy to like style that does not have any sharp edges or esoteric flourishes. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer) What a lovely Champagne! Initially, a full palate of ripe golden apples, butter and lemon creme. A rich mid-palate and a surprising finish with crisp acidity and minerality. The finish really balances this wine out and sets it apart from competing bubblies that are all about richness and end up being one-trick ponies. I had our San Francisco staff taste it on Labor Day weekend and they enjoyed it immensely. At this price, it is a really good bargain! (Scott Beckerley, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/8/2009  | Send Email
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This bubbly is a great buy. Starts out rich and finishes with crisp acidity. Nicely balanced and a good choice for those of you who like their champage rich and full. An excellent buy!
Top Value!

 By: Michael Jones |  Review Date: 10/5/2009 
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The Best. Found out one of the owners behind this Champagne also owns Patron Tequila. No wonder why it is high in quality and Taste. As my wife says Magnicifcent.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.