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Champagne 1990 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises 1 Bottle 75cl £1,200
Champagne 2007 Bollinger Grande Annee 1 Bottle 300cl £295
  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2037

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2019

    Source

    Issue 242 End of April 2019, The Wine Advocate

    From a bottle disgorged in March 2017, Bollinger's 2007 La Grande Année is showing brilliantly, offering up a superb bouquet of lemon oil, confit citrus, almond paste, iodine, walnut oil and freshly baked bread. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad-shouldered and powerful in this frequently rather slender vintage, with excellent concentration, a deep and tightly wound core and a precise, chalky finish.

    There are plenty of projects afoot at Bollinger, as chef des caves Gilles Descotes explained to me during my early April visit—my first in some years to this important Aÿ-based domaine. One of the most important changes is that Bollinger has entirely abandoned the use of herbicides for four years now, an initiative that began with the impulse to rehabilitate their famed red wine monopole, La Côte aux Enfants, and which was gradually rolled out across all their holdings. Their facilities have expanded too, to make space for more barrels to insure a sufficiently abundant supply of wood-fermented base wine from the Special Cuvée in years when Grande Année is also produced. And the still red Coteaux Champennois from La Côte aux Enfants is returning to the range, from 2015 vinified separately from the red wines destined to rosé production, with some whole clusters added to the cuves. Descotes also has been working to better manage Bollinger's gently oxidative style, and while fermentation and maturation in old wood still lends Bollinger its strong and distinctive style, oxygen inputs at other stages in the winemaking process are more carefully controlled, resulting in more consistency and structural tension—a trend exemplified by the brilliant 2008 Grande Année (97+), which I reviewed last month. There's so much more to say about this house, but much of that can wait for an in-depth article in a future issue. For the time being, it's sufficient to note that all these recent releases come warmly recommended.

Tasting Notes
94
Champagne 2007 Bollinger Grande Annee 1 Case 3 150cl £360
  • Rating

    94+

    Release Price

    NA

    Drink Date

    2019 - 2037

    Reviewed by

     William Kelley

    Issue Date

    30th Apr 2019

    Source

    Issue 242 End of April 2019, The Wine Advocate

    From a bottle disgorged in March 2017, Bollinger's 2007 La Grande Année is showing brilliantly, offering up a superb bouquet of lemon oil, confit citrus, almond paste, iodine, walnut oil and freshly baked bread. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad-shouldered and powerful in this frequently rather slender vintage, with excellent concentration, a deep and tightly wound core and a precise, chalky finish.

    There are plenty of projects afoot at Bollinger, as chef des caves Gilles Descotes explained to me during my early April visit—my first in some years to this important Aÿ-based domaine. One of the most important changes is that Bollinger has entirely abandoned the use of herbicides for four years now, an initiative that began with the impulse to rehabilitate their famed red wine monopole, La Côte aux Enfants, and which was gradually rolled out across all their holdings. Their facilities have expanded too, to make space for more barrels to insure a sufficiently abundant supply of wood-fermented base wine from the Special Cuvée in years when Grande Année is also produced. And the still red Coteaux Champennois from La Côte aux Enfants is returning to the range, from 2015 vinified separately from the red wines destined to rosé production, with some whole clusters added to the cuves. Descotes also has been working to better manage Bollinger's gently oxidative style, and while fermentation and maturation in old wood still lends Bollinger its strong and distinctive style, oxygen inputs at other stages in the winemaking process are more carefully controlled, resulting in more consistency and structural tension—a trend exemplified by the brilliant 2008 Grande Année (97+), which I reviewed last month. There's so much more to say about this house, but much of that can wait for an in-depth article in a future issue. For the time being, it's sufficient to note that all these recent releases come warmly recommended.

Tasting Notes
94
Champagne 2006 Philipponnat Les Cintres 4 Bottle 75cl £230£215
Champagne 2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 20 Case 6 75cl £540
Champagne 2002 Laurent Perrier Brut 5 Case 6 75cl £320
Champagne 1966 Dom Perignon 1 Bottle 75cl £450
Champagne 1991 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 6 Bottle 75cl £350
Champagne NV Salon Le Mesnil Oenotheque Assortment 1 Case 7 75cl £5,850
  • [1 magnum 2008; 2 bottles 2007; 2 bottles 2006; 2 bottles 2004]

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Champagne 1990 Dom Perignon Reserve de l'Abbaye 2 Bottle 75cl £875
Champagne 1979 Krug 2 Bottle 75cl £925
Champagne 1982 Krug 3 Bottle 75cl £575
Champagne 1982 Salon Le Mesnil 1 Bottle 75cl £1,100
Champagne 1985 Dom Perignon Rose 1 Bottle 150cl £1,450
Champagne 1985 Bollinger Grande Annee 2 Bottle 75cl £215
Champagne 2007 Roederer Cristal 4 Case 6 75cl £800
Champagne 2007 Roederer Cristal 1 Bottle 150cl £295
Champagne 2012 Bollinger Grande Annee Rose 3 Case 6 75cl £500
Champagne 1979 Henriot Reserve Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2 Bottle 75cl £350£275
Champagne 1981 Henriot Reserve Baron Philippe de Rothschild 2 Bottle 75cl £275£225
Champagne 1988 Salon Le Mesnil 2 Bottle 75cl £950
Champagne 2009 Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 2 Case 6 75cl £680
  • The wine has an inviting, bright golden hue, and a fine, regular stream of bubbles.
    At first the refined nose exudes subtle hints of brioche and sweet spice combining with citrus flavours and floral fragrances.
    As the wine warms in the glass, it becomes more powerful and the nose develops complex nuances of toasted nuts, acacia blossom and honeycomb.
    The palate is round and creamy supported by notes of fresh fruit.
    The structure is opulent, underpinned by fabulous balance. The finish is long and powerful.

    Champagne Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne : robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity. The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated : "My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied with the best". Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, finesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from Grands Crus Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were already under vine during Churchill's lifetime. Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill is only made in the very best vintages and is always released later than the other vintage dated Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking Churchill's appreciation for older wines.

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Champagne NV Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus 3 Case 6 75cl £175
90
Champagne 2004 Pol Roger Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve 1 Case 6 75cl £275
  • The 2004 Brut Rose Extra Cuvee de Reserve is quite fruity and vinous at first but then the minerality kicks in, giving the wine its energy and sense of focus. Crushed flowers, spices and mint unfold in the glass, adding complexity and nuance. Overall, this is a fairly delicate, feminine style of Rose that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or alongside a meal. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. 
     

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92
Champagne 1998 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises 1 Bottle 75cl £650
  • Bollinger’s 1998 Vieilles Vignes Françaises is quite pretty and lifted in style. A decidedly feminine VVF, the 1998 is starting to show the first signs of tertiary maturity, so it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later.

    Score: 93 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December 2014

Tasting Notes
93
Champagne 2002 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 5 Case 6 75cl £270
  • Rating 93

    Drink Date 2016 - 2026

    Reviewed by  Stephan Reinhardt

    Issue Date 4th Mar 2016

    Source 223, The Wine Advocate

    Moët's 2006 Grand Vintage Brut blends 42% Chardonnay with 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Meunier. This cuvée opens with ripe and pretty intense as well as elegant and remarkably pure Chardonnay aromas; additionally, there are floral and refreshing chalky lemon and herbal flavors, and subtle notes of brioche and bread. This Champagne is full-bodied, intense and powerful, yet really fine and refreshing on the palate; it has nutty flavors and a lot of tension and chalky flavors. This is a dry and firmly structured cuvée of great expression, finesse and elegance. Still very young. Date of disgorgement was May 2014. Dosage is five grams per liter.

    Chef de cave Benoît Gouez and his team keep on producing serious cuvées in an approachable, reductive style. The Impérial Brut is light and fresh, but also generous and moderately sweet. The Rosé Imperial is another important cuvée of the house; I find it remarkably good and well structured due to a good dose of Pinot Noir and Meunier red wine. The 2006 Grand Vintage Rosé, Moët’s 40th vintage Rosé, is deep, powerful and concentrated, and provided with a firm structure and great complexity. Raised under natural corks, the 1999 Grand Vintage Collection is Moët’s value for money prestige Cuvée, since Dom Pérignon is marketed under its own brand. It is a great, intense and elegant Champagne with matured flavors on the nose, but the wine is still vital and refreshing on the palate and capable to age for another five years, probably more.

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93
Champagne 2007 Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 3 Case 3 150cl £530
  • Philipponnat's 2007 Brut Clos de Goisses is soft, delicate and polished. One of the most understated, young Goisses I can remember tasting, the 2007 is a rare vintage that will drink well with pretty much no cellaring, which, as Goisses fans know, is highly unusual. Expressive in its aromatics and equally welcoming on the palate, the 2007 speaks to grace above all else. In 2007, bright Chardonnay-inflected notes are most apparent today, while the Pinot Noir is felt mostly in the wine's weight and overall texture. Even so, 2007 is a vintage that favors finesse over power. Dosage is 4.5 grams/liter. Disgorged: June 2016.

    Score: 94 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December 2016

Tasting Notes
94
Champagne 2006 Pol Roger 2 Case 6 75cl £275
  • Sourced in 20 Premier and Grand Crus of the Côte de Blancs and the Montagne de Reims, the 2006 Vintage Brut is a cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay that was aged for nine years in the 33 meters deep cellar in Epernay. The deep golden-colored wine offers a deep and vinous, very clear and elegant nose of sweet cherries, stewed and baked apples, ripe stone fruits, cinnamon, chalk, brioche, sweet paprika, orangeade and dashes of lemon juice. Full-bodied, rich and round on the palate, this is a creamy textured though pure and highly elegant, firmly structured, powerful and persistent Champagne; it has a noble and rested expression, as well as a long, noble finish. This is midnight Champagne for noble jazz clubs with fine piano music, or to be matched with noble cigars.

    Score: 94 Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (223), March 2016

Tasting Notes
94
Champagne 1998 Dom Perignon Rose 1 Case 6 75cl £1,795
94
Champagne 2005 Bollinger Grande Annee 2 Bottle 300cl £325
  • I love when Bollinger leaves the Pinot Noir in the driving seat like this. The sweet flirty vintage that I so often criticise is here turned into an advantage. The classic hazelnuttyness becomes Sicilian pistachio. The dark cocoa notes become heavenly milk chocolate. Despite this obvious nirvana of pleasure there is a seriousness and sleeping animalistic power. A very great vintage Bollinger indeed!

    Score: 95 Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club, February 2015

Tasting Notes
95
Champagne 2010 Dom Perignon 10 Case 6 75cl £620
  • Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 was a bold wager, the fruit of an unwavering commitment to expressing nature, coupled with the freedom that makes audacious endeavours possible. Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 is a wager that has been won thanks to inspiration, and to the mastery, that comes from experience.
     
    The passage of time has revealed the grandeur of this vintage of which Dom Pérignon is among the very few to bear witness.
     
    With low temperatures, the beginning of 2010 offered a contrast to the rest of the decade. Summer was hot and rainfall rare. Everything changed in mid-August, when two months’ worth of rain fell in just two days. The heat and water caused generous ripening but required drastic sorting of the grapes. The sugariness of tropical fruit yields to a more measured freshness. The wine makes its full, ample presence felt. Its character unfolds, generous and firm - before tautening around vibrant, spicy notes. This energy extends to reveal a salty finish.
     
    Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 is the fruit of intuition and mastery, a mastery nurtured by experience, passed on and reproduced.
     
    “I remember we had to battle our natural reflexes as winemakers and admit that part of the harvest – representing a full year of our labours – simply had to be sacrificed in order to save the best parcels, and try to make a Dom Pérignon vintage.”    - Vincent Chaperon, Chef de Cave
     
     
    Following press tastings we have received strong praise for the vintage 2010.
     
    “Gorgeous, amply toasty and smoky nose. Still holding back. The fruit is impeccably crisp and appetising but still the palate carries the best surprises. There is such volume and generosity but look at the acidity rolling in complementing the exciting textural dynamics. It comes with a superbly saline and perfectly pristine finish, leaving the moth satisfyingly refreshed, yet yearning for more. There is an appetising fluffiness to the mousse and the wine takes its 5g/l dosage effortlessly. This is undoubtedly is a Dom Pérignon that will keep on giving. 95 points with potential for 97.” – Essi Avellan

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95
Champagne 2006 Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 1 Case 3 150cl £775
  • Like Fred and Ginger, this dances gracefully on the palate, with rich and expressive flavors of peach tart, raspberry sorbet, candied ginger and orange peel, and sleek acidity that leaves a mouthwatering impression on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2031.

    Score: 95 Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, January 2017

    (the varietals are a “proprietary secret” with fruit from old vines in grand cru vineyards). A whiff of petrol can be found on the ripe aromas of baked apple, brioche and soft floral scents. The exceptionally rich yet powerful flavors possess an almost creamy mid-palate mouth feel despite the presence of a firm supporting effervescence that also shapes the sappy and wonderfully complex finale. This is a bold, indeed even robust vintage for this famous cuvée and while it could certainly be enjoyed now, I would suggest holding it for another 5ish years as
    my sense is that even more complexity is almost certain to develop. 93/2021+

    Score: 93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (68), October 2017

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95
Champagne 1990 Krug 1 Case 6 75cl £2,500£2,450
  • Rating

    95

    Release Price

    $350

    Drink Date

    NA

    Reviewed by

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    Issue Date

    26th Dec 2005

    Source

    162, The Wine Advocate

    At its finest, the 1990 Vintage is superb, revealing a slightly oxidized style, but a full-bodied, rustic, rich personality with the body of a red wine, but loads of character. I cannot recommend the 1989 Vintage as three bottles tasted were all oxidized, possibly from bad storage, but who knows?   

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95
Champagne 1996 Billecart Salmon Clos St Hilaire Blanc de Noirs 6 Bottle 75cl £375
  • Rating

    96

    Release Price

    $175

    Drink Date

    2008 - 2010

    Reviewed by

    Antonio Galloni

    Issue Date

    22nd Dec 2008

    Source

    180, The Wine Advocate

    The estate’s 1996 Clos Saint-Hilaire emerges from a one hectare plot that was planted with 100% Pinot Noir in 1964. This golden-hued wine flows from the glass with extraordinary elegance. Delicate notes of biscuit, honey, acacia and roasted nuts are woven into a mousse of sublime refinement. Notes of white pepper, honey, pear and minerals appear on a finish that frames the wine with superb harmony. In 1998 the fermentations were extremely slow, and this wine saw no malolactic fermentation. This is an exceptionally fine, seamless Champagne that is a must-have wine for those lucky enough to find it . Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010. Billecart-Salmon, based in Mareuil-sur-Ay, makes wines in a style that is all about timeless elegance. These Champagnes are characterized by their supreme balance. All of the 2008 vins claires I tasted showed remarkable harmony and transparency of site. Much of the aromatic complexity of the wines can be attributed to a preference towards cold temperatures in fermentation, which keeps the wines fresh. The domaine uses Burgundian oak barrels for a portion of the wines. The exact amount of batonnage and malolactic fermentation depend on the vintage. Prior to being bottled the wines are blended in a large steel tank to insure consistency, something the estate takes very seriously. In general the non-vintage wines receive 7-9 grams of dosage, while the vintage wines have 5-7 grams, depending on the year. Among current releases, I found the 1998s to be brilliant, while the 2000s, from a much more challenging growing season, come across as less refined. The estate does not disclose disgorgement dates, but a code on the foil wrapping can be traced back to a date. 

Tasting Notes
96
Champagne 2007 Bollinger Grande Annee Rose - 1 Case 3 150cl £440
  • Given the house's connection to Bond, 007 sounds like a brilliant Bollinger vintage. Normally, I'm not so fond of the vintage's correct, but somewhat neutral character. I remember that major investments were made by the house at this time and the results are excellent. In my world, this is one of the most surprising vintages from the small boutique house in Aÿ. From the start, this rosé reminds us of the great vintages in the 80's, when the house style was more nutty and smoky than later years, somewhat easier and peachy creations. Tasted next to a Vieilles Vignes Francaises of extra-terrestrial eminence from the same year, the wine stood well with a huge poise and power in a rich burgundy style. The aromas are dominated by dried roses, blood orange, forest mushroom, leather and hazelnut cream.

    Score: 95 Richard Juhlin, Champagne Club, January 2018

    A blend of 72% Pinot Noir (mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay) with 28% Chardonnay (Cramant and Oger), Bollinger's 2007 La Grande Année Rosé Brut is a rich and powerful yet fresh and tightly woven Champagne that gets its characteristic coral color from the addition of 6% red Côte aux Enfants Pinot Noir from Aÿ. Fermented entirely in barrels and aged under natural cork, the 2007 offers a chalky-pure and matured bouquet of redcurrants, green figs, dark chocolate, minty and dried floral expressions. Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, dense, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish that reveals the youthful soul of this fresh and chalky 2007. This is a long-distance runner and surely a wine to have with poultry dishes such as duck or pigeon. It will strongly benefit from further bottle aging. Tasted in May and June 2018 from lot L1733457 that was disgorged in November 2016. 2021 - 2032

    Score: 96 Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (237), June 2018

Tasting Notes
96

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