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Vinous Table: La Gare, Le Mesnil sur Oger, France

Vinous Table, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

La Gare is an ideal place to stop by for an informal meal while visiting wineries and vineyards in Champagne’s Côte des Blancs. Housed in a former train station, La Gare is full of old world, countryside charm.

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Cellar Favorite: 1993 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2017

The 1993 Comtes de Champagne Rosé has not changed much since I last tasted it three years ago. Soft, aromatically open and super-expressive, the 1993 possesses exceptional balance and class.

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Champagne: The Season’s New Releases

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2016

Readers will find a bevy of compelling, delicious Champagnes in the market this fall. Many of the current non-vintage releases are based on 2013, a year that, while inconsistent, yielded wines with healthy sugars and terrific balance at a number of top-performing houses. At the upper end, a number of houses have new tête de cuvées that are or will soon be in the market. As always, the stylistic breadth that Champagne offers makes it one of the most versatile and fascinating of all wines.

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1971 Krug Vintage - Magnum

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Krug’s 1971 Vintage, tasted from magnum, is truly spectacular.

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Cellar Favorite: Taittinger: 1996 & 1995 Comtes de Champagne

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne has long been a personal favorite. Among other things, Comtes ages spectacularly well, is relatively easy to find (despite its small production) and is very well priced for the quality relative to its peers.

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Champagne: The 2016 Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2016

Continuing a tradition at Vinous, our Summer Preview highlights the best new releases coming into the market. Full coverage of new releases will follow in the fall.

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Champagnes Salon & Delamotte 1959-2007

France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2016

Salon remains one of Champagne’s most mystical and elusive wines. Since 1905, the house has declared just thirty-nine vintages. This vertical tasting of Salon and sister property Delamotte provided a great opportunity to revisit a number of reference point vintages and also taste the latest releases.

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1929 Louis Roederer Brut

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2016

Roederer’s 1929 Brut is impossibly beautiful. Wearing the graceful patina of age, the 1929 is more of a wine than a Champagne. Hints of apricot jam, spice and orange-infused oil grace the palate in a silky, wonderfully pliant Champagne endowed with remarkable brilliance, purity and freshness, especially for its age.


2015 Champagne – First Thoughts

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Mar 2016

Tasting Champagne’s vins clairs is one of my favorite moments of the year. Vins clairs are Champagne’s still wines before they are blended and put into bottle with sugar to become Champagne. For a few months between the end of the year and the following spring, when most wines are bottled, the vins clairs offer the most pure expression of site, variety and vintage.

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Cellar Favorite: 1914 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Dec 2015

It’s not everyday one has a chance to taste a 100 year-old Champagne that has been stored perfectly and only recently been re-released, as is the case with this bottle...