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Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 6-11-2009
This champagne is definitley worthy of being referred to as a "baby Krug". Fresh and bright, yet with amazing aromatics of asian spice, lemon curd, orange zest and a touch of brioche. Always a stellar standout!

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 5-20-2008
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A pinot noir-dominated blend that immediately after opening, has a distinctive leesy, slightly oxidated nose. This is no doubt from the reserve wines that are fermented in oak barrel and then aged in magnums under low pressure. This also lends to the full-bodied, richness of the wine. After several minutes of aeration, the sweet smell of ripe, sun-soaked apples begin to emerge. The predominance of estate fruit (approximately 70% of the assemblage) lends to the broad, rich and intense flavors. Fresh and toasty on the palate with a slight touch of hazelnut, the Special Cuvee has a long finish with a hint of exotic spice at the very end.

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