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Staff Favorites - Diana Turk

Diana Turk

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Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (187ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Small in size but not in taste, this adorably-sized version of L-P is everything I love abouttheir classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Perfect for party favors!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Picnic perfect! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point, even in the half bottle. Drink now!

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvée boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point. Plus the Magnum ages beautifully, much appreciated with the larger Chardonnay component. A beautiful choice for your next party.

Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne (2004)
Review Date: 05-31-2018
Ten years - TEN YEARS - on the lees for less than $100? Less than $80, even? Incredible. This is a sophisticated, yet hugely accessible Champagne, with depth, texture, and a honeyed quality saved from being too fruity by the 80% Chardonnay and a backbone of acidity and that coveted toastiness. I first met Paul Fallet at our annual Champagne Tent Event in 2017, where he charmed with his shy, sincere personality, and then dazzled us with his high quality wines. Fallet-Dart is a great family-run Direct Import house to support, and even without the backstory, I'd want to drink these delicious, complex Champagnes. Plus, this is fruit from a Clos, based on the 2004 vintage! We always have customers come too late to this party, and only realize how lovely this Champagne is when our limited quantity is gone. Don't let that be you.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "La Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 05-04-2018
Wow! This is everything I love about Laurent-Perrier's classic brut, just amplified. More chalky Chardonnay and an extra year on the lees give the La Cuvee boosted minerality and complexity. It still shows the easygoing apple fruit of the original, with a sophistication that belies its great price point.

2012 Franck Bonville "Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2018
Miracle vintage! While I love all our Franck Bonville Champagnes, this 2012 release is really special. Ripe with apple and golden pear fruit, it nevertheless shows the vivid snap of acidity and chalkiness this incredible Direct Import Blanc de blancs producer is best known for. It's accessible now but bracing and structured, plus the backstory of the vintage is irresistible. A must try for fans of crisp Champagnes.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

2011 Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 03-31-2018
As vintages go, 2011 is not as celebrated as its neighbors, but our friends at Egrot – namely winemaker Elisabeth Goutorbe – worked some magic with a difficult year. This release, composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, is both crisp and rounded, showing off baked apple fruit balanced with chalky minerality. As with all Goutorbe wines, this has a delicate bead, an elegant, dry finish and overdelivers for the price.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Egrot (formerly Elisabeth Goutorbe) Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Don't let the new look fool you! This release was formerly called Elisabeth Goutorbe, named for the pedigreed winemaker who charmed guests at many a Champagne Tent Event. She's ventured out on her own and while the label underwent a makeover, what's inside the bottle is as impressive as ever. Crisp with red cherry Pinot fruit, this is both chalky with elegant mousse, and shows complex leesiness tempered by bright acid and structure. This nonvintage release is drinking beautifully now, and the price - especially for Ay - is nearly impossible to beat.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Baron-Fuenté "Grande Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 02-24-2018
Incredibly, a magnum of Baron-Fuente is priced lower than some bigger name 750 ml bottles of Champagne – the value is almost unbelievable! Concentrated fruit with a hint of spice, luxurious toastiness, and creamy finish, this Meunier-based Champagne is both expressive and easygoing, with more pronounced acidity in this larger format. And while there’s technically better aging potential to the 1.5L, it’s tough to keep this cellared when it’s so exciting (and affordable) to pop at a party.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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2009 Baron-Fuenté "Grand Millesime" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-24-2018
While 2008’s strength was structure and acidity, 2009 shines with supreme drinkability and luxurious texture. Buttery notes on the nose with pure pear fruit through the palate, plus hints of lemon and leesy toastiness, this release of Baron-Fuente’s "Grand Millesime" finishes cleaner than expected for such a rich style. A welcome addition to our Direct Import Champagne collection, and a killer value as well.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

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Baron-Fuenté "7" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-23-2018
Leesy with coveted brioche notes, pear fruit, and bright acid – and much more vivid than the other offerings by one of our favorite Direct Import producers – the “7” is the most sophisticated Baron Fuente I’ve tasted. It’s aged for seven years on the lees and it shows: this is astonishing quality for the price, with lovely texture and focus.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
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Michel Arnould Verzenay "Brut Tradition" Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-27-2018
Bright cherry fruit really comes through on the nose of the Michel Arnould "Brut Tradition" half bottle, which lent an almost Northwest vibe when I paired it recently with salmon. Although there is structure and that hallmark hazelnut toastiness unique to Verzenay, this is a refreshing, crowd pleasing option, with a crisp finish. Clean, but with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging, Michel Arnould has delivered a creamy, picnic-ready Champagne. The great price, especially for Grand Cru fruit, makes this little beauty go down even easier.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-26-2018
The decadent, complex Michel Arnould "Grand Cuvée" Brut is the creamiest of their lineup, featuring a toasty hazelnut note and a crisp finish, which balances well with the richness and bright cherry fruit of the palate. Although not technically a vintage release, this is from the warmer 2009 harvest, making it instantly accessible, with weighty texture and just the right amount of lift. North-facing slopes in Verzenay ripen Pinot Noir beautifully but maintain a snap of acidity that pairs well with sushi, and the raciness here cuts through anything with ponzu sauce. This is easily one of my favorite Pinot-based Champagnes in the store, and a killer value.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Michel Arnould Verzenay Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-26-2018
Clear lemon fruit on the nose, with a stream of salinity through to the finish, the Michel Arnould Extra Brut is based on the 2010 harvest, a vintage celebrated for creating more linear Champagne. Although this is 100% Pinot Noir and Blanc de blancs is typically the favored suggestion for fish, the Extra Brut is a natural with sushi, especially yellowtail and snapper, which benefits from the sharper acid and low dosage. As a bonus, the Extra Brut's crisp yet easygoing style (it is still a berry-scented Pinot) not only works with food, but as a lively pre-dinner drink if you’re not-so-patiently waiting on delivery.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

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Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-02-2018
I can't believe this is under $20! Delicious and elegant, this paper-wrapped Champagne is a departure from the searing acid of Blanc de blancs and instead shows golden apple fruit up front, followed by toastiness and a luxurious mouthfeel. Though there is a crisp backbone of minerality from the fossil-rich soil, this is a slightly unusual offering in that it’s 100% Chardonnay, but with a creamier spin. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is textured and age worthy, but in a smaller, more portable size.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-02-2018
Delicious and elegant, this paper-wrapped Champagne is a departure from the searing acid of Blanc de blancs and instead shows golden apple fruit up front, followed by toastiness and a luxurious mouthfeel. Though there is a crisp backbone of minerality from the fossil-rich soil, this is a slightly unusual offering in that it’s 100% Chardonnay with a creamier spin. The current release is from a single vineyard and spends over five years on the lees. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is textured and age worthy, and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this family-owned favorite.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 01-02-2018
Party perfect! Just when I thought I couldn’t love Aspasie more, they charm us at the annual Champagne Tent Event AND make improvements to their production facilities that send their wines over the top in elegance and quality. An unusual offering for the Aristons in that this is 100% Chardonnay, but with a creamier spin. The current release is from a single vineyard and spends over five years on the lees. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional value Champagne, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here, especially given the celebration-ready magnum format. Aspasie Blanc de blancs is luxurious and age worthy, and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this family-owned favorite.
Price: $79.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 12-26-2017
Half-bottles are not always the most economical option for Champagne, but Aspasie's 375 mls prove to be an incredible exception. Holiday-ready, the current release of Carte Blanche still spends five years on the lees, and has the biscuity notes to prove it, but shows even crisper acidity. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making high quality entry level wine, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. A traditional cépage of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Meunier, the Carte Blanche shows apple and crunchy pear fruit, tempered by underlying chalky notes, mousse texture, and a toasty finish. This is a bright spot in our DI Champagne line up – both figuratively and stylistically – and I'm happy to turn savvy drinkers on to this value.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2017
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Aspasie more, they charm us at the annual Champagne Tent Event AND make improvements to their production facilities that send Carte Blanche over the top in elegance and quality. The current release of Carte Blanche still spends five years on the lees, and has the biscuity notes to prove it, but shows even crisper acidity. Paul-Vincent Ariston is committed to making exceptional entry level wine, and there’s no doubt he’s accomplished that here. A traditional cépage of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Meunier, the Carte Blanche shows apple and crunchy pear fruit, tempered by underlying chalky notes, mousse texture, and a toasty finish. This is a bright spot in our DI Champagne line up – both figuratively and stylistically – and I love turning savvy drinkers on to this value-driven, family-owned favorite.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Pol Roger "White Foil - Extra Cuvée de Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-29-2017
An exceptional, value-priced offering from a house with clout, “White Foil” is subtly smoky and weightlessly creamy, with rich apple fruit balanced by enough acid to maintain focus through to the snappy but long finish. Pol Roger is the Champagne of royalty, and the care that goes into this cuvée is apparent. Aged 48 months on the lees and based on key spectacular vintages, this shows hints of toastiness, despite seeing no oak, and – like all Pol Roger releases – is still hand-riddled. This is one of our most requested Champagnes in Hollywood, and for good reason.

Louis Brochet 1er Cru Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2017
While all of Brochet’s wines impress, my favorite is probably the complex Premier Cru Brut, composed of 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier with over 50% reserve wines. The cépage reflects the varietal makeup of the family’s 32-acre vineyard in Écueil, and the larger percentage of Pinot Noir makes this release especially aromatic. Beeswax on the nose with apple and stone fruit through the palate and a super-creamy mouthfeel, the elegant Brut opens up to reveal earthier umami flavors. It’s sumptuous but finishes refreshingly dry and subtly herbal. Aged over two years on the lees and only recently disgorged, it’s cellared for as long as the house’s two oenologists deem optimal. The quality for the money here is remarkable.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Louis Brochet 1er Cru Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-26-2017
Brochet’s spectacular Extra Brut is a crisper option, singing with lemon and bright white floral notes (the winemakers specify acacia). Nimble acid is balanced by a richer, elegant mouthfeel and a tiny bead typically only seen in Champagne twice this price. Citrusy up front, with a distinct red berry hit from the 75% Pinot Noir, this steely wine is surprisingly toasty through the palate, and feels rounder than its five grams/L dosage implies. A sure bet for seafood, the food-friendly Extra Brut has plenty of lift and razor focus, and makes even weeknight takeout feel luxurious.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 05-23-2017
This might just be my favorite Champagne that we carry, and drinking it out of a magnum is especially luxurious. Whether you’re looking for a generous gift or just selecting something incredibly special for yourself, Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne should be on your radar. It drinks like Krug and the distinctive bulbous bottle adds glamour, especially in this striking 1.5 liter size. This release is sourced exclusively from the already-accessible 2009 harvest and is 100% Chardonnay from Bonville’s tiniest vineyard in Oger. Belles Voyes easily outshines exponentially more expensive options, showing apple brightness and intense floral aromatics, plus leesy complexity, brioche notes and a heady, indulgent texture balanced by racy minerality. The perfect celebratory investment.
Price: $149.00 Add To Cart
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Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Now featuring the new labels! Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning brut rosé is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: this feels like important Champagne, with quality that far exceeds its price point. Featuring 8% Pinot Noir from celebrated Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is a favorite rosé for not only celebratory occasions, but to make any day special, and the smaller size is picnic-perfect.
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart
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Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 05-23-2017
Consistently incredible! Bonville’s delicate, visually-stunning brut rosé is delicious and elegant, but also substantial: this feels like important Champagne, with quality that far exceeds its price point. With 8% Pinot Noir from celebrated Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, this crisp rosé features vivid red fruit on the nose but finishes fresh, with the linear snap expected of 92% Chardonnay, mostly from the colder 2011 vintage. There is electric acidity on the palate but also a plusher component thanks to a luxuriously fine bead. Luxurious, dry, and easydrinking – this is rosé I’ve returned to again and again.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart
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Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 04-25-2017
With a dramatic bottle shape and sometimes limited-edition packaging, Laurent-Perrier’s tête de cuvée is a prestige Champagne that feels like it. Aged ten years on the lees, Grand Siècle is sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyard sites, and is a multi-vintage blend: the latest release includes reserve wines from 1997, 1999, and the coveted 2002 harvests! Light straw yellow in color, this is bright with vivid stonefruit, and although undoubtedly fresh, the most notable quality is the honeyed, leesy depth – you can feel its storied age. Grand Siècle is sumptuous and yet still nimble, effervescent and easy-drinking. While I’d feel confident laying this down, my guess is you won’t want to; I received a bottle as a birthday gift, and though I tried to hold out for a "Grand" occasion, LP turned out to make an ordinary lazy Sunday special.

Le Brun de Neuville "Authentique Assemblage" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-28-2017
Bright but also mushroomy, earthy and slightly oxidative thanks to aging five years on the cork – an intensive process normally reserved for Tête de Cuvées of big houses (Bollinger Grande Année comes to mind) – this is an incredible value that encompasses (seemingly) conflicting qualities, all in the same glass. Creamy but lively with elegant acid, rounded yet crisp fruit, plus chalky undertones and a subtle nuttiness, the “Authentique Assemblage” nevertheless drinks cleanly through to the finish. This multifaceted Direct Import is a high-quality Champagne from a talented winemaker: Le Brun de Neuville was one of the biggest hits at our Los Angeles Champagne Tent Event, and after taking home a bottle, it’s easy to see why.

Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Elegant with citrusy fruit and a saline edge, the Extra Brut is one of my favorites in Billecart-Salmon’s impressive line up. Exuberant with a superfine bead and gorgeously searing acidity, this still shows creaminess on the palate and a longer – albeit crisp and mineral-driven – finish. Age worthy.

Billecart-Salmon "Brut Reserve" Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 02-14-2017
Aged 36 months on the lees, the Brut Reserve is clean and vivacious, with rich stone fruit and honey, plus that classic chalky finish. Billecart-Salmon is my go-to Champagne when looking for a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated sparkler. It has just the right amount of house name recognition while staying true to quality, and the brighter house style is both refreshing and elegant. An easygoing, impressive favorite that never disappoints, plus it's an incredibly reasonable price, especially for a half bottle.

A.D. Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 02-07-2017
Bright green apple shines on the nose, followed by more exotic fruit through the richer palate. There is a subtle sherry quality to this complex Champagne, but despite that lush feel, the finish is snappy and quite dry, with pleasing chalkiness. Coutelas’ delicious "Cuvée Louis Victor" always sells out quickly, and given the price for such a well-made offering, I can see why.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart
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Billecart-Salmon "Brut Réserve" Champagne
Review Date: 01-24-2017
Aged 36 months on the lees, the Brut Reserve is clean and vivacious, with rich stone fruit and honey, plus that classic chalky finish. Billecart-Salmon is my go-to Champagne when looking for a crowd-pleasing yet sophisticated sparkler. It has just the right amount of house name recognition while staying true to quality, and the brighter house style is both refreshing and elegant, at an incredibly reasonable price. A favorite that continues to impress!

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 01-24-2017
This sets the bar for spectacular brut rosé! Gorgeous rose petal and delicate white peach on the nose, followed by pure strawberry fruit gleaming on the palate, this showcases the bright house style while adding the sophistication of mousse texture and a minerally finish. There’s freshness throughout, plus substance – this would be a great wine to pair with heartier meals, although its elegance makes a glass equally at home with caviar. Tiny creamy bubbles and lovely color only enhance the drinking experience. And while Billecart-Salmon uses all three big Champagne varietals, they have traditionally championed Pinot Meunier and the result is a delicate, nuanced wine with depth. And not that it's necessarily indicative of quality, but the 375ml bottling is especially adorable, using the same bulbous shape as the full 750. It's a consistently special treat, just the right size for a tiny victory.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-17-2017
This sets the bar for spectacular brut rosé! It’s hard to gush about Billecart-Salmon without feeling like you’re piggybacking on critical accolades or following popular opinion, but this best-selling Champagne is worth the hype. Gorgeous rose petal and delicate white peach on the nose, followed by pure strawberry fruit gleaming through the palate, this showcases Billecart-Salmon’s bright style while adding the sophistication of mousse texture and a minerally finish. There’s freshness throughout, plus substance – this would be a great wine to pair with heartier meals like fried chicken, although its elegance makes a glass equally at home with caviar. Tiny creamy bubbles and lovely color only enhance the drinking experience, and cooler, longer fermentation in stainless steel (3-5 weeks!) keeps everything crisp. Billecart-Salmon uses all three big Champagne varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and curiously, more Pinot Meunier than most houses. They have traditionally championed Meunier and the result is a delicate, nuanced wine with depth. Perfect for any occasion, even if that occasion is a weeknight spent on an apartment balcony, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne is reliably special.

2007 Alexandre Le Brun "Cuvée Fascination" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 01-10-2017
The perfect celebratory Champagne! A special 2007 release from staff favorite producer Alexandre Le Brun, the "Cuvée Fascination" Blanc de Blancs is an investment well worth it, especially as a gift for more sophisticated palates. Sharp nectarine fruit and chalky minerality sing together through the palate, and the super low dosage makes for a dry yet lingering finish. This is high-quality Chardonnay, taut and linear but still approachable, with electric acid and biscuity leesiness. We’re down to just a few bottles, so get it while you can.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Laurent-Perrier "Cuvée Rosé" Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 01-10-2017
It can be tricky to define pricey Rosé Champagne as a bargain, but when one considers just how much quality there is in each bottle of Laurent-Perrier, it suddenly seems underpriced. Made with extended maceration and using the more difficult saignée method, their Cuvée Rosé is special. Brilliant red berry fruit shines through the lifted palate, with both richness and minerality coming through to the clean finish. This is a substantial rose – great with food – yet elegant with tiny bubbles and a citrusy freshness. The fact that the bottle is gorgeous and the house pedigree dates back to 1812 only adds to the glamour of this lovely Pinot Noir Champagne.

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 10-30-2016
An electric rosé! Composed of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Meunier, this expensively-made wine goes through carbonic maceration and the saignée method, with a little still red wine added in. The result is stunning: gorgeous wild berry fruit with delicate bead, bracing acidity and a clean, minerally finish.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 10-11-2016
From the first sparkly sip, you can tell that the 100% estate-grown Roederer Estate Brut Rosé is special. Full of texture, creaminess, and super effervescence, with orange and bright cherry fruit, this is a fresh rosé with a dry, almost pithy finish.

Michel Arnould Verzenay "Reserve" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Review Date: 10-03-2016
Creamy with a bright apple nose and solid minerality, this is classic Verzenay: qualities of hazelnut and cherry shine through, with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging. The great price makes this beauty go down even easier - a perfect party-pleasing Champagne.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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Ariston Aspasie "Cépages d'Antan" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2016
Wow. Mostly from the 2010 vintage (you can tell by inspecting what’s printed on the cork), this is a field blend of indigenous varietals Arbanne and Meslier, plus Pinot Blanc, and is drinking beautifully. Neroli on the nose, more aromatic and complex than just citrus, and riper fruit through the palate, thanks in part to later-ripening Pinot Blanc. But that orange blossom really comes alive after aging, as Cepages d’Antan is bursting with honeysuckle, white floral, tart lemon, beeswax, and wild honey, plus weighty biscuit notes from a longer time on the lees. The acid is still bright, but what really sets it apart is a slight earthy funk, with interesting rusticity and depth in addition to elegance. A must try for oenophiles, though even casual Champagne fans will enjoy.
Price: $99.00 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 09-27-2016
An electric rosé! Composed of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Meunier, this expensively-made wine goes through carbonic maceration and the saignée method, with a little still red wine added in. The result is stunning: gorgeous wild berry fruit with delicate bead, bracing acidity and a clean, minerally finish.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-31-2015
Easily outshining exponentially more expensive Champagne, Belle Voyes shows apple brightness, intense aromatics, plus complex lees-y brioche notes and a heady elegance. It almost feels ridiculous to call a $69 bottle value-priced, but for the quality, Franck Bonville is a steal. A perfect celebratory investment.
Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vinho Verde
Review Date: 09-20-2015
Easy-drinking crowd favorite “the crab wine” is back! Effervescent and refreshing, this Portuguese classic shows the slightly sweeter side of Vinho Verde but maintains that crisp, beautifully dry vibrancy. A warm weather winner.
Price: $8.99 Add To Cart

Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedès
Review Date: 07-17-2015
Clean and bright with a soft, elegant mouthfeel, this gorgeous Cava evokes stonefruit without being cloyingly aromatic - more crisp nectarine than peach - and finishes dry. A bottle of this quality goes down so easily, you'll be amazed (and your wallet grateful) that it's less than $14. Time to celebrate!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

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Michel Arnould "Reserve" Brut Verzenay Champagne
Review Date: 07-16-2015
Creamy with a bright apple nose and solid minerality, this is classic Verzenay: qualities of hazelnut and cherry shine through, with a richness that almost defies its stainless and enamel aging. The great price makes this beauty go down even easier - a perfect party-pleasing Champagne.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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Baron-Fuenté "Esprit" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 07-16-2015
Aged 7 years on the lees for under $35? Bring on the celebration! Yeasty nose with hints of caramel and plenty of autolytic characteristics (brioche!), plus chocolate and some dark cherry. While this is starting to sound more like a pastry than a beautiful bottle of wine, rest assured that these descriptors just mean this elegant Champagne is delicious.

Antech Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
Review Date: 05-29-2015
Spare and crisp, this sparkler does heavy lifting, whether it's holding its own in a cocktail or the star of a toast. Subtle white flowers on the nose with apple and pear notes, clean Antech is a natural for summer sipping but will also power through the holidays. Dry, refreshing, gorgeous finish - it's perfect for special occasions, though at this price, any night can be transformed.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart
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