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 sip, 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.

If you’re looking to steal the show at a big party or you’re simply in a celebratory, cheerful mood, you can’t go wrong with a bottle of fine Champagne. Pair it with deviled eggs or grilled chicken breast for maximum effect, and create a memorable evening for yourself and your loved ones.

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  1. 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 $1,495.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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 $750.00
  5. 2002 krug clos du mesnil Champagne
    2002 Krug Clos Du Mesnil
    (Krug, Clos du Mesnil, Champagne, France, White) Singly and emphatically the greatest Champagne release of recent years. Grand malic acidity of dizzyingly heightened proportions is..." Learn More
    Formats Available:
    As low as $3,015.00
  6. 2002 louis roederer cristal Champagne
    2002 Louis Roederer Cristal
    100
    AG
    Roederer’s 2002 Cristal, from magnum, is just off the charts. What else is there to say? The magnum format is so well-suited to Champagne. As opposed to still wines, which ar..." Learn More
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    As low as $640.00
  7. 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
  8. 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 $330.00
  9. 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 $190.00
  10. 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 $470.00
  11. 2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    2008 Besserat De Bellefon Champagne Cuvee Des Moines Brut Millesime
    93
    RP
    Tasted from the same lot as in June this year, the 2008 Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime is very fine on the deep, ripe and elegant nose where the 31% Pinot Noir and P..." Learn More
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    As low as $62.99
  12. 2008 billecart salmon cuvee louis salmon brut blanc de blancs Champagne
    2008 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Louis Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs
    ..." Learn More
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    As low as $189.00
  13. 2008 delamotte blanc de blancs Champagne
    2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
    95
    RP
    The finest young wine I've encountered from Delamotte, the 2008 Blanc de Blancs unfurls in the glass with an expressive bouquet of freshly baked bread, lemon oil, green apple, oyst..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  14. 2008 deutz champagne cuvee william deutz brut millesime Champagne
    2008 Deutz Champagne Cuvee William Deutz Brut Millesime
    97
    JS
    This is incredibly long and beautiful. It’s full-bodied, but comes across with so much finesse and complexity. It goes on for minutes. Compressed with very fine phenolics. On..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  15. 2008 egly-ouriet brut grand cru millesime Champagne
    2008 Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru Millesime
    100
    RP
    The 2008 Brut Grand Cru Millésime was eventually disgorged with only five grams per liter dosage, as Francis Egly and I had discussed last summer, and the wine has turned ou..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,169.00
  16. 2008 gosset celebris extra brut rose Champagne (Rose)
    2008 Gosset Celebris Extra Brut Rose
    95
    DEC
    The skillfully crafted Gosset Champagnes remain in good hands with the current cellar master Odilon de Varine, as evidenced by this fascinating rosé Champagne. Over the past..." Learn More
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    As low as $219.00
  17. 2008 henriot brut millesime Champagne
    2008 Henriot Brut Millesime
    96
    DEC
    An undramatic, cloud-filled season came right in a late harvest in October. A textbook cool vintage of great ageing potential. The perfect 50/50 balance of mineral-stamped Chardonn..." Learn More
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    As low as $79.95
  18. 2008 laurent perrier champagne brut millesime Champagne
    2008 Laurent Perrier Champagne Brut Millesime
    96
    WE
    While still young, this Champagne has all the makings of greatness. Produced from grand cru vineyards, it already balances ripe white fruits with a firm structure that will age wel..." Learn More
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    As low as $67.95
  19. 2008 louis roederer cristal rose Champagne (Rose)
    2008 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose
    100
    JG
    (Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé Brut) Like the 2008 Cristal, the 2008 Cristal Rosé is the finest young vintage of this cuvée that I have ever tasted. The vineyard..." Learn More
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    As low as $1,215.00
  20. 2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Rose (Luminous Labels)
    2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Rose (Luminous Labels)
    99
    JS
    This shows incredible depth of fruit with strawberry, cherry and phenolics. Full-bodied and layered with an incredible, three-dimensional element to the wine. This is so transparen..." Learn More
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    As low as $599.00
  21. 2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Rose
    2008 Moet Chandon Dom Perignon Rose
    97
    AG
    The 2008 Dom Pérignon Rosé is magnificent. Rich and deep in the glass, the 2008 offers up an exotic mélange of aromas and flavors. Sweet red cherry, mint, oran..." Learn More
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    As low as $489.00
  22. 2008 p moncuit cuvee brut millesime champagne Champagne
    2008 P Moncuit Cuvee Brut Millesime Champagne
    94
    AG
    The 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru is a fabulous wine from this great Champagne vintage. Given the extended time on the lees (more than ten years) the 2008 shows quite a bit o..." Learn More
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    As low as $67.99
  23. 2008 paul bara champagne marie de france Champagne
    2008 Paul Bara Champagne Marie de France
    95
    AG
    Bara's 2008 Brut Millesime Comtesse Marie de France offers a striking interplay of rich Pinot fruit with the natural tension of the year. Bright floral and mineral accents drive th..." Learn More
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    As low as $155.00
  24. 2008 philipponnat clos des goisses Champagne
    2008 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses
    98
    AG
    The 2008 Clos des Goisses is just as impressive today as it has always been. Rich, dense and explosive, the 2008 exists in three dimensions, with remarkable textural depth and vert..." Learn More
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    As low as $480.00
  25. 2008 pierre moncuit cuvee extra brut millesime champagne Champagne
    2008 Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Extra Brut Millesime Champagne
    94
    VM
    Moncuit's Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Millesimé shows a different facet of its personality in this version, with lower dosage vis-à-vis the Brut version. Her..." Learn More
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    As low as $64.99
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