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Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend

David T

I’ve had this many times but, never just sat and enjoyed full bottle with Sofia and pick it apart to write detailed notes. A great Costco price on this Cuvée has changed that for tonight.

The nose reveals; bruised, green & golden apple without skin and a hint of tartness, touch of of apple cider, Bosc pear, pineapple, lemon/lime zest, quince, cream soda, vanillin, very light white spice, caramel notes, great chalk, sea fossils and spray, bread dough, spring flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The body is full and lively. Some
@Severn Goodwin might want to decant this one. The acidity is fresh, big, yet restrained on the long set. Bruised, green & golden apple without skin a hint of tartness, touch of of apple cider, Bosc pear, pineapple, lemon/lime zest, quince, more cream soda on the palate, vanillin, very light white spice with a tad of palate heat, caramel notes, great chalk that really pops, saline, haunting iodine notes, sea fossils and spray, really nice grey, fine, grainy volcanic minerals, light woodiness, bread dough, spring flowers, jasmine, citrus blossoms and yellow lilies. The long finish is, rich, well balanced, polished and persists minutes. Really hitting its mark tonight.

Photos of; the House of Bollinger (007 James Bond), the library area, their miles of chalky caves and one of their Grand Cru Vineyards.
— 14 days ago

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Shay A

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I find similarities between this and the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, and depending on which I can find cheaper, I buy. But their ‘08 La Grande Anne is a stunner! Trying to load up, especially when compared to other ‘08 vintage champagnes of note.
Dick Schinkel

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Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Rosé 2002

Pale pink with a hint of amber. Beautifully poised. Some fresh notes of intense oyster shells on the nose and a lovely palate of wild strawberry, rounded soft edged fruit. Delicate acidity. Very harmonious, and subtle. Great stuff. A perfect wine for an anniversary dinner. 17 years and going strong! — 13 days ago

Bex Green
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Ira Schwartz

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@Conrad Green Happy Anniversary!
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Thanks Ira... she’s a keeper! By the way, Auburn is a great restaurant

R. Pouillon & Fils

Les Valnons Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Golden yellow. Toasty Brioche, vanilla, honey, ginger, dried apricot, marigold, lemon grass, strawberry, orange blossom, and hazelnut rounding out the taste. Creamy, rich, and toasty! Medium body, and finish. 65% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, from Vallee de la Marne, Montagne de Reims. 85% fermented in tank, 15% in oak. 50% 2016, 35% 2015, 15% Perpetual Reserve. Full malo. — 20 days ago

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R. Pouillon & Fils

Réserve Brut Champagne Blend

Very nice brut NV bubbles. Better than most. — 6 days ago

Mike, Vanessa and 11 others liked this


La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend 2008

Drank it with over ripe plantain taco with woodruff
— 9 days ago

Chapman Baehler
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Champagne Lallier

Grand Rosé Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

Some solid bubbles with plenty of mineral-laced strawberries muddled in island spices. Fresh and youthful, yet enough body to cause one to pause and savor. 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay. Dosage: 8g/l — a month ago

Krystal Vento
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Henri Goutorbe

Special Club Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend 2005

Followed the Ulysse Collin Extra. Rut, so the dosage seemed a bit high. I had the 2006 about a month ago and it was good, not great. This was good, but not great again. Enjoyable, but not entirely special. — 18 days ago

Kuan Lim
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Kuan, Severn and 8 others liked this


Clos des Goisses Brut Champagne Blend 1999

This had lots of intensity & energy with a fine mousse, mineral & orchard fruits — 6 days ago

Shay, Jan and 7 others liked this

Marc Hébrart

Brut 1er Cru Rosé Champagne Blend

One of the very few rose champagnes that I consider as serious wine. — 14 days ago

pascal, Chris and 5 others liked this


Sainte Anne Brut Champagne Blend

Consistent notes from last weekend's bottle, which we thought after the fact was acting a little off the norm, bottle variation maybe. No, the bottle this evening is mostly consistent, and slightly more expressive. — 14 days ago

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Aravind Asok

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Disg info?
Severn Goodwin

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@Aravind Asok Same as my last post.