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Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1995
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1995
(search item no. 87612)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
The Wine News rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $259.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 99 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 99 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
1990 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1990 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1989 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1989 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1988 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1988 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
1988 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1995 vintage Krug shows today its immense potential, with a smoky, lemony fruit character and hints of brioche, mineral, ripe white fruits and honey. On the palate the wine is majesterial and full, while retaining crisp acidity and vibrant length. A very rich and luxurious Krug.

Vintage Krug is one of the most long-lived wines from the Champagne region, with bottles still lively and fresh after 80 years of aging – although not that many wine lovers have the patience to age their Krug for this amount of time. Like all Champagne, Krug is released when it is ready to be drunk, but Krug 1995 will definitely reward at least 10 – 15 years of cellaring before consumption.

As many as 20 different lots of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from a variety of sources are blended together to form Vintage Krug. The majority of the grapes come from the finest vineyards in Le Mesnil, Aÿ, Trépail, and Ambonnay.

This wine is not the most typical of the Krug style, but reflects instead the particularity of the vintage. It is only made in exceptional years, and is only produced when there is a sufficient difference between the vintage wine and the Grande Cuvee.

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About Champagne Krug:

Since 1843, with unique single-mindedness and sense of purpose, the Krug family has proudly cultivated the markedly individual character of their exceptional champagne. Theirs is a living legend, a certain idea of excellence that has been quietly redefined through six generations without a break.

Krug's founder, Johann-Joseph Krug, was a maverick who turned his back on a comfortable position in an established champagne house to strike out on his own. He had not only the vision, but also the talent, to achieve his ambition of creating a champagne with a taste quite unlike any other.

Subsequent generations of the Krug family not merely honored his achievement, but amplified it, bringing genuine pride and passion to their craft. From meticulous grape selection, through the birth of the wine in small oak casks, to the intricate process of "assemblage", followed by long years of aging in the cellars, Krug champagne is the culmination of painstaking care and unrivalled craftsmanship.



Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Carneros    California   
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Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
(search item no. 277)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A distinctive blend of 92% Pinot and 8% Chardonnay, this light-bodied sparkling wine displays a slight pink color, resulting from a special pressing technique. Bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, small, lively bubbles and a persistent finish.

Our Blanc de Noirs is predominantly made from hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes, the hallmarks of which are a vibrant red fruit character. The creamy palate and rosy hue are a result of a small addition of Vin Gris, which was blended into the base cuvée. Over forty different clones and selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are planted on our 340-acre estate in the Sonoma Carneros district. This allows us to consistently produce cuvées with complexity and clear fruit expression.

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About Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards:

Gloria Ferrer is the offspring of a powerful parent: Freixenet of Spain, the world's largest producer of sparkling wine. Drawn to the promise of California, Freixenet established a California winery, naming it after the wife of Freixenet's president. The winery in Carneros is one of the best stops in all of Wine Country. Visit the aging caves carved in the hillside and enjoy the sun-splashed deck while noshing on roasted almonds and sipping bubbly. Wines produced are Blanc de Noir, Brut, Brut Rose, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rose.


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Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2002
(search item no. 95156)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $199.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1988 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cristal, the jewel and tête de cuvée of Champagne Louis Roederer, was created in 1876 for the Tsar Alexander II of Russia. It remains faithful to its origin, inspired by elegance and purity. Cristal is produced with regimented standards of winemaking that require a rigorous selection of crus, vintages, grapes, and wine.

Cristal is produced using only the finest vintages from crus guaranteed to originate from the Louis Roederer vineyard. All the exceptional characteristics of the 2002 vintage have literally been captured in this Cristal 2002, which is generous and lush, revealing perfect balance between concentration and finesse, freshness and vinosity, intensity and refinement. In three words: proud, rich and luxurious.

Cristal 2002 is brilliant yellow with light amber highlights and has a beautiful mousse with fine cordon of persistent and regular bubbles. The nose is intense and delicate, revealing a clean and well-blended mixture of flavors of honey, cocoa, lightly toasted hazelnuts, candied citrus fruit. A savory explosion of ripe fruit on the attack, the wine reveals red fruit, white chocolate, caramel and Danish pastry, typical of Cristal. Its silky, concentrated texture relies on its intense, powerful and vinous structure, but maintains refinement. The palate builds up to attain a delicious sensation of well-blended harmony of flavors. A fresh finish with a hint of bitterness makes it almost crunchy.

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About Louis Roederer:

Uncompromising Quality
Champagne Louis Roederer was founded in 1776 in Reims, France and is one of the rare family owned companies, which is still managed by the Roederer family. In 1833, Louis Roederer inherited the company from his uncle and renamed the company under his namesake. Under his leadership, the company rapidly grew while remaining true to their philosophy of uncompromising quality. Today, the company is under the helm of Jean-Claude Rouzaud and his son Frédéric who continue to place quality before quantity.

First-Rate Vineyards
Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the only French champagne producers to own nearly 75 percent of the grapes in the most desirable vineyards in the Champagne. The property is located on 450 acres in the finest villages of Montagne de Reims, Côtes des Blancs, and Valleé de la Marne. Each region is selected to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the elegance needed for perfectly balanced champagne. The Louis Roederer vineyards rate an average 98 percent based on France’s statutory 100-point classification scale.

The reserve wine is then tasted and graded by a team of Roederer specialists. They choose as many as 40 different wines from several lots for the blend. For the final touch, the wine is then added in order to enhance the cuvee and guarantee consistency while retaining the champagne's characteristics.



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Roederer Estate Brut
Roederer Estate Brut
(search item no. 8498)
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has fluid 360

The Wine News rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world.

Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate.

Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.

The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California's premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.

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About Roederer Estate:

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.


Champagne & Sparkling    Non-Vintage    Napa Valley    California   
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Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige
(search item no. 270)
has fluid
has fluid 360


PRICE ON 7/11/2014: $19.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A complex assemblage of primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Brut Prestige opens with gorgeous layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon. With elegant acidity and crisp structure, this medium-bodied sparkling wine displays an excellent mousse and a rich, lingering finish. Refreshing acidity and fruit character makes Brut Prestige an excellent food wine.
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About Mumm Napa:

Mumm Napa draws from the rich heritage of Champagne Mumm of Reims, France while integrating a unique Napa Valley style to make internationally respected wines of excellent quality. Ludovic Dervin carries on the inspiration that began with Guy Devaux in making Mumm Napa wines, bringing the ripe character of Napa fruit to the forefront while maintaining the classic balance and structure necessary in an outstanding sparkling wine.