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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, . These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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  • Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1996 Front Label
    Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 1996 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 1996
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996 Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil (in Gift Box) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Krug Brut (scuffed label) 1996 Front Label
    Krug Brut (scuffed label) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1996 Front Label
    Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Rose 1996
    Sparkling Rosé from Champagne, France
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  • Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1996 Front Label
    Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 1996
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  • Pol Roger Vintage Brut Chardonnay 1996 Front Label
    Pol Roger Vintage Brut Chardonnay 1996
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  • Dom Perignon Rose 1996 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Rose 1996
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  • Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996 Front Label
    Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 1996
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  • Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996 Front Label
    Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996 Front Label
    Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996
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  • Duval-Leroy Brut 1996 Front Label
    Duval-Leroy Brut 1996
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  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996 Front Label
    Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1996
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
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  • Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1996  Front Label
    Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1996
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