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Dom Pérignon in Three Acts

France: Champagne, featured, 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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Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

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

France: Champagne, featured

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.


Roederer Cristal: That ’70s Show

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

I have had many memorable tastings at Roederer over the years, but this vertical of Cristals from the 1970s might go down as the most remarkable yet. For the occasion, longtime Chef de Caves Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon pulled out all of the Cristals of the 1970s, nine wines in total, all of which we tasted from the original disgorgements. The wines were moving for their extraordinary beauty.

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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, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

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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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...

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Cellar Favorite: 1953 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

A total knock-out, Moët & Chandon’s 1953 Grand Vintage Collection possesses remarkable vinous intensity, breadth and richness, especially for a wine of its age. Scents of torrefaction, dried flowers and hazelnuts make a strong first impression, but it is the wine’s textural intensity and persistence, and the way they unfold in the glass, that prove to be utterly mesmerizing.


Vinous Table: Veuve Clicquot Retrospective at Marea, New York

France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

What starts as a simple dinner to taste a few vintages of Veuve-Clicquot’s Grande Dame somehow morphs into a large retrospective back to 1928. As is always the case with tastings such as this one, some wines don't live up to expectations for various reasons, most of them likely related to provenance. But those that do, well, they are spectacular.


Champagne’s Golden Age

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

Too often relegated to just special occasions and celebrations, Champagne is capable of myriad styles that make it extremely versatile at the dinner table. Properly cared for, the best Champagnes can age effortlessly for many years and decades while developing extraordinary complexity in bottle, which places them in rarified company among the world's great wines.