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2012 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
A classic, broad shouldered Champagne from a spectacular vintage, the 2012 Roederer Brut is crafted from seventy percent Pinot Noir from Verzenay, and thirty percent Chardonnay from Avize. Aromas of delicate red currant, white mushroom and toasted almond hint at the depth on the palate, but this wine exceeds expectation. The palate is broad and rich, but balanced, with flavors of underripe pineapple, exotic spices, and even hints of black pepper, making this Brut a knockout for those who value power and length in a Champagne.

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-09-2018
Alexandre Le Brun makes some of my favorite direct import Champagnes, which is partially due to site, (Chouilly Grand Cru, close to Cramant) but also his fastidious approach to winemaking. Relying on cold, slow barrel fermentation, Le Brun creates wines of seemingly endless complexity, and the Fascination is no exception. Mushroomy, leesy, savory aromas lead to a broad palate with hints of caramel that never overpower the delicate minerality of the wine.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

2015 Venge "Silencieux" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 08-28-2018
"Silencieux" by Venge Vineyards possesses an interesting juxtaposition of subtlety and flamboyance. This Cabernet is definitely not shy, with lush Oakville Estate fruit, particularly midpalate. Sourced from seven different vineyards, the Cabernet is classic Oakville, with notes of mint and tobacco leaves, ripe blueberry and boysenberry trailed by focused graphite minerality that cuts through, leaving a dry, lasting impression. Fermented by native yeasts in stainless steel, concrete and open top barrel, the complex Oakville fruit shines bright, and barrel spice is minimal.

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-08-2018
The "Authentique Assemblage" is aged on the lees five years, and is an almost even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This Champagne emits rich aromas of baked apple, hazelnut and white and yellow flowers, due in part to the 30 percent reserve wines added to the cuvée. The palate, however is lighter than expected: delicate, with a fine bead, and a lusciously creamy back end.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 02-17-2018
Bubble therapy, anyone? This bone dry, Sans Dosage sparkler with some history will quench your palate and leave no reason for guilt. Feeling stressed? Jump in the bubble bath with a glass, or just whip up some crudité and wash it down with this gem. From Limoux in Southern France, historically famous for Sparkling wine, the Antech Brut Nature is made from 90% Mauzac blended with Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Racy, fresh and energetic, this bottle is universally crowd pleasing, and best of all, won't break the bank.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 02-09-2018
This wine is made from 100% Grand Cru fruit from Avize, Cramant and Oger. The palate is clean and subtly floral, but is fairly robust and has hints of under-ripe tropical fruit, a testament to the warmer vintage. With a dry, soft finish, this is an elegant wine sure to please the most discerning.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Tradition" Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Made from 100% Meunier grapes harvested from Troissy, the Cuvée Tradition is uniquely creamy and refined on the palate. Aromatics of red apple skin and walnut highlight the personality of the delicately spicy and red-fruited varietal. With three years on the lees, the bubbles are fine and soft.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Gilbert Jacquesson "Cuvée Eugénie" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 02-06-2018
Part of Vigneron Independant, Jacquesson adheres to strict standards of production, and the result is a fine rosé Champagne at an affordable price point. Made from 100% Meunier, the palate is light and obtains its color from a bit of skin contact. With intriguing notes of frozen Bing cherry and savory white pepper, this is not just another pretty rosé in the crowd.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

2010 En Tirage Extra Brut Blanc de Blanc Carneros Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 01-09-2018
All the Chardonnay that comprises En Tirage is sourced from Beckstoffer Las Amigas Vineyard in Carneros, which is renowned for producing concentrated fruit with bright acidity. This Method Traditionelle sparkling spends seven years on the lees, which imparts a creamy richness and complexity, and the Extra Brut finish ensures the quality of the vineyard shines through. Delicate white florals and a subtle hint of custard lead to a dry, yet creamy palate with a very long finish.
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Jean-Louis Denois "Tradition" Extra Brut Reserve
Review Date: 11-20-2017
If you are looking for a fun, bone dry and organically farmed French sparkling wine, this is your chance to experience it all. Crafted from Champagne varietals, but grown near the Pyrenees in the South of France, this sparkling comes from base wines that spend some time in oak barrels, which adds a pleasing richness to the palate.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart

Miquel Pons Cava Brut Penedes
Review Date: 11-06-2017
This energetic Cava is bursting with spicy quince and tart green apple peel, with a fine mousse and a burst of acidity and minerality mid-palate that catapult to a long and racy finish. The Miquel Pons Cava is a fantastic aperitif for your gathering, and has the heft to accompany most seafood, vegetarian or chicken dishes.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Grande Sélection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
A more subtly rounded Champagne than the Grand Reserve, the Grand Selection from Fallet Dart is blended with mostly red fruit, like the Grand Reserve, but the small about of high quality Chardonnay in the blend makes an impression, and an important distinction. There is also an extra two years on the lees, with a total of six years aging, which creates a slightly funky nose with a clean, bright palate with a hint of toast, and an earthy, chalky quality.
Price: $36.99 Add To Cart

Fallet-Dart "Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
This delicious Champagne is aged four years on the lees, and crafted from only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The result is a rich, toasty Champagne rich in brioche, red apple and Marcona almond flavors, but with a surprisingly perfumed finish, with slight tropical flavors of white peach and honeysuckle.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Bollinger "Special Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-09-2017
The Bollinger Special Cuvee is a Champagne for the connoisseur, as it is created painstakingly from up to forty percent reserve wines, which are stored in Magnums, under half pressure, and hand disgorged before bottling! This is a Champagne of exceptional quality and small production, created from grapes grown on Chalky, south facing soil. Aromas of lightly toasted nuts lead to a broad, very dry palate, with a dominant, chalky minerality and a slightly creamy roundness.

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 06-06-2017
Laurent Perrier's "La Cuvee" is a more powerful, richer and more focused iteration of their Brut Champagne, with extended aging in the bottle for six months, for a total of three and a half years on the lees. There is a similar clean and citrusy herbaceous quality in the initial aromatics, which speaks to the quality of the Chardonnay that drives the blend. The palate is broader and richer than that of the original Brut, with subtle flavors of white peach and frozen cherry, but a similar, yet more pronounced, chalky minerality comes to the forefront. "La Cuvee" is a beautiful Champagne which will delight lovers of their Brut and new fans alike.