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Champagne: 2017 New Releases

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Antonio Galloni, Dec 2017

Champagne remains one of the hottest regions in the world. The emergence of small, family run domaines continues at a fast pace as the grower Champagne movement comfortably settles into its second generation. Many of the grandes marques, Champagne’s historic high-end houses, have quietly expanded their ranges, with an assortment of single-parcel and/or late-release ultra tête de cuvée bottlings that did not exist just a few years ago. All of that means consumers have never had more choice – at all ends of the quality and style spectrum – than they do today.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

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Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

Several recent bottles of Taittinger’s 2002 Comtes de Champagne have been nothing less than stellar. In a vintage in which many Champagnes show the raciness and flamboyance of very ripe Chardonnay, the 2002 Comtes remains fresh, vibrant and nuanced.

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Dom Pérignon in Three Acts

featured, France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2017

One of the most fascinating aspects of Champagne is its ability to transform over time. This remarkable tasting provided a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to compare the three principal releases of Dom Pérignon across a number of iconic vintages of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Jacques Selosse: A Study of Substance

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Anselme Selosse is one of the pivotal figures in the modern history of Champagne. Selosse’s meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and bold wines inspired a whole generation of younger growers, some of whom spent time working alongside him, and others who were captivated by a vision of Champagne as a wine that is, first and foremost, born in the vineyard. This recent tasting provided a remarkable opportunity to check in on a number of disgorgements of the flagship Substance going back to the early days.

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Cellar Favorite: 1964 Dom Pérignon - Original Release

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Wine lovers often debate which is the greatest vintage of the 1960s in Champagne. To be sure, it is a magical decade, with several candidates for that honor. Perhaps even more importantly though, the 1960s mark a sort of transition into modern times in Champagne.

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Cellar Favorite: 1971 Dom Ruinart

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Dom Ruinart flies under the radar relative to many of its peers, but it is one of the most compelling Champagnes in the market.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Jacques Selosse Brut Blanc de Blancs

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Aug 7

Seldom seen today, Anselme Selosse’s 1990 Brut Blanc de Blancs has become one of the rarest of all Champagnes.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Roses de Jeanne Rose de Saignée Le Creux d'Enfer

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Cédric Bouchard’s Champagnes have been among my favorite wines from anywhere in the world since I first tasted them about ten years ago.

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Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview

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Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Champagne lovers will find a number of compelling new releases in the market this summer. Once confined mostly to celebrations and special events, Champagne continues to grow in popularity as a wine to drink year-round. And why not? Champagne is one of the most versatile wines in the world. Best of all, consumers have never had more choices across the entire stylistic spectrum.

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Selosse – Lieux-Dits Dinner at NoMad

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Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Anselme Selosse’s wines are among the most coveted bottles in Champagne. In recent years, Selosse’s lieu-dit Champagnes have ascended into the realm of the nearly unobtainable because of their tiny production. Two of the lieux-dits are sold only as part of the 300 or so boxed sets that are released each year, which makes tasting all six Champagnes together virtually impossible. This unforgettable dinner featured the entire collection of lieux-dits, along with a number of Selosse classics.