Champagne Wines

Champagne Wines

Champagne Wines

"The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine.

These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne “pop” has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe – when you hear it, good times are right around the corner."
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  1. 1976 Krug Collection
    1976 Krug Collection
    92
    WS
    A gorgeous but extreme style of Champagne that's fully mature in flavor yet lively in balance. It's deep gold in color, smooth in texture and long on the finish. Intricate accents ..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $2,805.00
  2. 1988 krug Champagne
    1988 Krug
    98
    RP
    Krug's 1988 Brut has long numbered among my very favorite vintages for this house, with the best bottles flirting with a three-digit score. Offering up complex aromas of apricot, c..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,520.00
  3. 1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    1990 Louis Roederer Cristal
    99
    DEC
    Unusually, the 1990 vintage produced grapes with high sugars and high acidity, which has led to this legendary Cristal which is so ripe, rich, limpid, and dazzlingly delicious on t..." Learn More
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    6L
    As low as $10,535.00
  4. 1990 moet chandon dom perignon Champagne
    1990 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon
    99
    JS
    This is really incredible with orange peel, dried pineapple and flan. Exotic. Full body, round and savory. Crazy character at the finish of cooked pineapple and tart tartine. Gorge..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  5. 1995 krug Champagne
    1995 Krug
    98
    WS
    A very youthful '95. Delicate. Intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and multigrain bread turn to honey, roasted almonds and graphite on the palate. It's all underscored ..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,790.00
  6. 1996 Bollinger R.D.
    1996 Bollinger R.D.
    97
    JS
    I have drunk this a half dozen times in the last six months and it always amazes me. The Recently Disgorged Bolly is ultra rich with yeast and spice and bread. It's tight and in re..." Learn More
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    As low as $460.00
  7. 1996 krug Champagne
    1996 Krug
    100
    W&S
    It's hard to imagine how a wine of this power can sustain perfect balance. What is now a more nonchalant intensity in the aroma was, in fact, too much to handle when we tasted this..." Learn More
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    As low as $940.00
  8. 1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    1996 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    100
    AG
    Krug's 1996 Clos du Mesnil remains one of the greatest Champagnes I have ever tasted. Deep, powerful and explosive, the 1996 possesses tremendous energy. The first signs of aromati..." Learn More
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    As low as $4,125.00
  9. 2000 krug Champagne
    2000 Krug
    98
    JS
    Very fragrant. This has developed bright, ripe red cherry fruit aromas, vanilla cream, sweet roasted almond biscuits, some marzipan, tobacco, lemon meringue and chalky minerals. Th..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,245.00
  10. 2002 Bollinger R.D.
    2002 Bollinger R.D.
    99
    JS
    It's striking that is as fresh as it is given the ten years in the cellars. It has a fine citrus nose with plenty of lemons, grapefruit and yellow chalky notes, not to mention some..." Learn More
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    As low as $610.00
  11. 2002 krug Champagne
    2002 Krug
    100
    JG
    (Krug Brut Millésime (ID# 415064)) It is hard to believe that two and a half years have now passed since Champagne Krug unveiled its long-awaited 2002 Vintage Brut. I do not..." Learn More
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    As low as $765.00
  12. 2002 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2002 Louis Roederer Cristal
    100
    W&S
    If a wine could ever make you want to pull the top down on your '68 Ferrari convertible, rip off the rearview mirror and take off, this is it. It has a different kind of energy tha..." Learn More
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    As low as $600.00
  13. 2002 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2002 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    97
    JG
    (Philipponnat Clos des Goisses Brut) These most recent two bottles of the 2002 Clos des Goisses were both magnificent. The wine is starting to really drink with great style at age ..." Learn More
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    As low as $435.00
  14. 2003 Krug
    2003 Krug
    95
    JS
    Tasted this year with Chef de Cave, Eric Lebel, it is exactly the same edition (ID) as tasted in 2016. This shows a rich nose featuring deep and ripe chardonnay and pinot noir. Red..." Learn More
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    As low as $475.00
  15. 2004 Bollinger R.D.
    2004 Bollinger R.D.
    98
    W&S
    Time has graced this wine, proving the value of Bollinger’s policy of long aging on the lees followed by prompt release after disgorgement. This RD (Recently Disgorged) 2004 ..." Learn More
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    As low as $530.00
  16. 2004 charles heidsieck blanc des millenaires Champagne
    2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
    98
    WE
    This is an iteration of a legendary Champagne. Perfectly balanced, still packed with white fruit but just touching nuttiness, the wine is at its peak. Celebrating one of the great ..." Learn More
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    As low as $225.00
  17. 2004 krug Champagne
    2004 Krug
    97+
    AG
    Krug's 2004 Vintage is absolutely mesmerizing. Layers of bright, chiseled fruit open up effortlessly as the wine fleshes out with time in the glass. Persistent and beautifully focu..." Learn More
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    As low as $475.00
  18. 2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    2004 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Alexandra Rose
    95
    JS
    Aromas of peaches and light cherries with rust and hints of grapefruit. Earth and spice undertone. Full-bodied, fruity and spicy. Hints of black pepper. Extremely bright and creamy..." Learn More
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    As low as $315.00
  19. 2004 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2004 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    97
    AG
    The 2004 Clos des Goisses is dense and powerful in the glass, with all of the pure, unbridled energy that has always been such a signature here. Hints of lemon peel, mint, spice an..." Learn More
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    As low as $290.00
  20. 2004 veuve clicquot la grande dame Champagne
    2004 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
    94
    DEC
    (Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame, Champagne, France, White) Subtle gold presages latent power, alchemy at work. Here we meet La Grande Dame at her most elegant, the wine’s arc..." Learn More
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    As low as $195.00
  21. 2005 taittinger comtes de champagne Champagne
    2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
    95+
    JG
    (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (Reims)) The 2005 Comtes de Champagne is a stunning young wine. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully complex, as it offers ..." Learn More
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    As low as $235.00
  22. 2005 taittinger comtes de champagne rose Champagne (Rose)
    2005 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose
    95+
    JG
    (Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé (Reims)) The 2005 Comtes de Champagne Brut Rosé from Champagne Taittinger is a blend of seventy percent pinot noir and thirt..." Learn More
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    As low as $540.00
  23. 2006 billecart salmon le clos st. hilaire brut blanc de noirs Champagne
    2006 Billecart Salmon Le Clos St. Hilaire Brut Blanc de Noirs
    93
    DEC
    Although it was disgorged in November 2020, Mathieu Roland Billecart has been keen to delay the release. The ageing post disgorgement is just as important as that before it and som..." Learn More
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    As low as $549.00
  24. 2006 Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Extra Brut Millesime Champagne
    2006 Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Extra Brut Millesime Champagne
    95
    WE
    From grand cru Chardonnay vineyards, this beautifully mature wine is ready to drink. Still with its mineral edge, the Champagne is textured. But it is the ripeness, the brioche fla..." Learn More
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    As low as $54.99
  25. 2007 billecart salmon extra brut Champagne
    2007 Billecart Salmon Extra Brut
    95
    WE
    Definitely dry, this impressively crisp wine is tightly textured, mineral in character and with great fruit. Its acidity and taut tangy character are part of a sophisticated wine t..." Learn More
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    As low as $179.00
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