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Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1998
Champagne Krug Vintage Brut 1998
(search item no. 95636)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 98 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $239.00

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
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
1995 The Wine News rating: 99 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 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 1996 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2007

Krug Vintage is a statement – Krug's definitive, one-off interpretation of the character of an outstanding year. The blend contains wines exclusively from that year.

Characterized by the warm glow of yellow gold and the fragrant aroma of flowers in bloom, Krug 1998 is an enchanting champagne of astonishing purity and precision. From its creamy, caressing texture, through its full, finely balanced flavors, to its extraordinarily long finish, it is a study in harmony, delicate, refined, and captivating. Think notes of red berries, stewed fruit, brioche, almond, gingerbread, and citrus.

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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.



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Champagne Krug Grande Cuvee
Champagne Krug Grande Cuvee
(search item no. 120282)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $199.00

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep golden color and fine, vivacious bubbles, predicting fullness and elegance. Aromas of flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, marzipan, gingerbread and citrus fruits. Flavors of hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar, jellied and citrus fruits, almonds, brioche and honey.
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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.



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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998
(search item no. 92241)
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 98 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay

La Grande Dame 1998 has a pale gold color with jade glints. The wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles.

On the first nose, typical Chardonnay characteristics come to the fore, with the arrival of floral and mineral aromas (acacia, ferns, chalk). By agitating the wine, scents of candied fruit (citrus fruits, apricots, quince) and sweet almond emerge, to reappear later in the mouth. After rotating the wine for a few minutes more, rare notes such as peaty malt, tobacco and delicate herbs, are gradually unveiled.

This aromatic, impressively complex bouquet is confirmed in the mouth. On the palate, the wine is clear-cut and pure, perfectly balanced with a delightful silky smoothness. La Grande Dame 1998, with its lace-like construction, has a long, lively, and structured finish.

This wine has unbelievable aging potential. The 1998 vintage of La Grande Dame, the quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot style, reaches a peak of refinement, without losing its legendary strength produced by a blend including nearly two-thirds of Pinot Noir.

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About Veuve Clicquot:

The House was founded by Philippe Clicquot in 1772. Since its inception, Veuve Clicquot has been a specialist in Champagnes based on Pinot Noir, especially Rosé. In 1803, François Clicquot was married to Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot was widowed just two years later. Veuve Clicquot (Veuve means widow in French) took over her husband's business. In 1810, the house took the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The way that she ran her company, from risky overseas ventures to startling technological innovations, changed Champagne forever. Her motto is still the guiding principle of our company – "Only one quality – the finest."

In 1816, Mme. Clicquot invented the process, called rémuage or riddling, that removes the yeast from the bottle. She used holes cut in her kitchen table to perfect the method of slowly tilting and turning the bottles to gather the spent yeast in the neck of the bottle. Once settled it could be removed by freezing the neck in a brine of salt and water, removing it, and recorking.

The company was taken public in 1963, and merged with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1986. Today, Jacques Peters is the chief winemaker at Veuve Clicquot, and was appointed cellar master in 1985. He has undertaken an ambitious program since this time to upgrade the grape sources, improve the vineyards, and improve the cellars and production facilities.



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Chateau Pontet-Canet  2006
Chateau Pontet-Canet 2006
(search item no. 100645)
collectible wine
older vintages

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008

Very intense color. Very strong nose, dominated above all by fruity notes and a high mineral content. Cultivation methods add a touch of additional complexity. Strong palate and full-flavored. The wine is structured, with very smooth tannins. The finish is long and savory.

Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 3%, Petit-Verdot 2%

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About Chateau Pontet-Canet:

Jean Francois Pontet, Royal Master of the Horse in the early 18th Century, bought and consolidated several plots of land located northwest of Pauillac. Several years later, in 1750, his descendants bought neighboring vineyards in an area named "Canet", thus creating one of the largest estates in the entire Medoc. Chateau Pontet-Canet's topography and soil predestined it to produce great wine.

In 1865, the noted wine shipper Hermann Cruse acquired the chateau and its 120 hectares of vones. The Cruse dynasty provided the financial means to make one of the greatest wines in the Medoc. In 1975, Guy Tesseron, solidly implanted in the Cognac region, and owner of Lafon Rochet in St-Estephe, purchsed Pontet-Canet. Assisted by his son Alfred, he has done much to develop the reputation of this famous classified growth. "Quality" is the key word in the vineyard and cellars.



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Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades)
Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades)
(search item no. 91199)
collectible wine
has fluid
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Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $299.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Armand de Brignac is marvelously complex and full-bodied, with a bouquet that is both fresh and lively. Its sumptuous, racy fruit character is perfectly integrated with the wine's subtle brioche accents. Its texture is deliciously creamy and the palate has great depth and impact with a long and silky finish. A superb and singular example of a Prestige Champagne.

THE BOTTLE
2006 marks the unveiling of Armand de Brignac in the stunning gold bottle originally developed by Cattier for the André Courrèges fashion house. Cattier's gold bottle also made an appearance at Queen Elizabeth II of England's Golden Jubilee celebration. All labels for each bottle of Armand de Brignac are made of real pewter, polished and applied by hand. Each bottle is packaged in a black embroidered velvet bag, which completes a package that speaks to the quality of the Armand de Brignac Champagne and the care taken with each step of its realization.

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About Armand de Brignac:

Armand de Brignac is produced by Armand de Brignac Champagne of Reims, France. The Cattier family has owned and cultivated land in the Champagne region’s Montagne de Reims Terroir since 1763, and coined the Armand de Brignac name in the 1950s. In our search for a Champagne that would meet our standards for a finer luxury Champagne, we chose the Cattier house because of their history and reputation for producing exquisite Champagne. M. Cattier was able to create a blend of grapes that fit what we had sought. Armand de Brignac bottles are filled, corked, and cultivated by hand by our caretakers throughout the aging process. The Armand de Brignac cellars are considered the deepest in the Reims Terroir.


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Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2004
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2004
(search item no. 107401)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $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
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 100 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 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:

Louis Roederer Cristal, the first Prestige Cuvée, was created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. One hundred and thirty-four years later, it remains faithful to its origin, inspired by elegance, purity, and precision. "It is a blue sky, without any clouds," says Cellar Master Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon.

Cristal 2004 – a highly seductive vintage reminiscent of the classic 1988 – has a slender, almost living freshness. Highly contemporary in its harmony and immediate seductiveness, it nevertheless remains first and foremost a great classic of northern Champagne, combining freshness, energy and an almost chalky mineral quality. The Cristal hallmarks are evident: purity, precision and the unique harmony of flavors associated with the subtle power of our historic vines, located on the finest Champagne Grand Cru terroirs.

"Brilliant yellow color displaying light amber nuances, combined with an ultra-fine, persistent, soft effervescence. There's an intense, highly expressive bouquet on the first nose! The aromatic elegance and precision of Chardonnay is apparent: white fruit, sweet pollen, fine citrus fruit and very pure minerality. After a few minutes, the aromas move on to more confit, lightly grilled hints. The bouquet is rich and sweet, almost generous, remaining precise and impeccably refined. The bite in the mouth is full and creamy, revealing an incredible concentration of juicy fruits: yellow peach, apricot, mango and others. This silky, meaty concentration, which is both dense and soft – and typical of great pinot noirs – is immediately combined with a sophisticated touch of acidity, bringing the wine alive with minerality. The overriding impression is one of a true harmony of flavors, senses and silky textures...Absolute sensuality." – Jean Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master.

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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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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 10/1/2014: $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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Dom Perignon  2002
Dom Perignon 2002
(search item no. 106088)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 98 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $159.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1993 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1990 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1985 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities.

The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.

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About Dom Perignon:

Dom Pérignon, a seventeeth-century cellarmaster of the Abbey of Hautvillers, is revered as the spiritual father of winemaking in the Champagne region. Keen observation, respect for nature, pragmatic creativity, technical innovation, the courage of his convictions, and patience were the instruments serving his vision. He constantly mastered and incorporated all its components and the stages of its production, from the vineyards themselves to the pressing and clarification of the wines and their preservation.

Dom Pérignon was the originator of new techniques for cultivating vines and making wine. These innovations spread rapidly throughout the region.

Today, Dom Pérignon is produced by France's largest Champagne house, Moët et Chandon. Dom Pérignon’s principle contribution in the 20th century has been its commitment to vintage years. In addition to the exclusive use of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from only the finest growths and vineyards, Dom Pérignon strictly limits itself to wines of the very best years, which have undergone long ageing.

The Dom Pérignon style is constructed by the Chef de Cave to create a range of sensations on the palate that reflect all the complexity of the structure, and the aromas and characteristics of the vintage.