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Bodega DiamAndes Gran Reserva 2007
Bodega DiamAndes Gran Reserva 2007
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/2/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

DiamAndes de Uco red wine has a personality of its own, shaped by the unique characteristics of Malbec, Argentina's emblematic varietal. This red wine blend is complex, alluring, intense and well-balanced. Full-bodied with rich, ripe fruit and depth.

Blend: 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Bodega DiamAndes:

The Bodega DiamAndes is a single estate nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountain, at an altitude of 1,100 meters. The vineyard is located in the heart of the Uco valley, one of the best quality vineyard areas in. Bodega DiamAndes has gained international recognition across the world, and is increasingly appreciated for its excellent quality and value for money. The fabulous terroir and the ideal climate, combined with expertise and experience, has resulted in the outstandingly long-living wines.


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Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut
Canard-Duchene Authentic Brut
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Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/2/2014: $37.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Authentic Brut epitomizes the Canard-Duchene style, where freshness and intensity bring together nobility and nature. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the wine is characterized by fresh fruit aromas jostling with brioche notes. The fruit aromas carry through to the palate and intermingle with pastry notes. Authentic Brut epitomizes is light-hearted Champagne, perfect for every occasion.
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About Canard-Duchene:

1860 in Ludes, Victor Canard, A cooper, and Léonie Duchêne, from a family of "vignerons" met and fell in love. They got married, and started to make their own champagne.

Success came quickly, so they then decided to set up their own Champagne house. They joined their names together, in the true Champagne tradition, and Canard-Duchêne was born. The year was 1868.

In 1890, their son, Edmond Canard took over. He was young, bold, loved champagne, and really understood the new world which was coming up. Under his guidance, Canard-Duchêne became international champagne, especially as one of the Champagnes supplied to the court of Tsar Nicholas II.

The relationship has left its mark: from then on, the Canard Duchêne coat of arms has borne the two-headed eagle, emblem of the Russian Imperial Family. Another symbol was added later. The sabre, in memory of a tradition which is intimately linked with champagne, celebration and reward. For the last hundred years, the eagle and the sabre have been our coat of arms.

The Third generation continues on the same tracks. Since 1930, Victor Canard, the founder's grandson, gives a new life of the son. After the recent integration of Canard-Duchêne in the privately-owned group Alain Thiénot, it now occupies a strong position on the French market. At the same time, the House is developing its international markets. Long a Symbol of enjoyment and elegance, Champagne is a gift from nature. From the 300 "crus" in the Champagne region, Canard-Duchêne has chosen 60 of them, blending Pinots and Chardonnay, in order to create year after year fruity, balanced and rounded wines.