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Krug

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 2004

Shay A
9.5

Last night’s “Evening With Krug” event, where they officially released their 2006 vintage. Beautiful evening with many different Krug offerings paired with a delicious meal.

Very similar to the 167eme in style, showing a relatively fresh and bright style. If tasting this blind, there is no way I could peg this as Krug. In fact, this reminded me of the ‘04 Salon. One of the few vintages where this has more Chardonnay than Pinot (which makes sense based on vintage, and aligns with the taste profile). Extremely youthful, with a sharp, acidic and mineral driven profile. Honeyed Stone fruits up front with a classic chalky limestone and intense core of lemon zest and apple crumble tart. This still has some growing up to do. Great things on the horizon.
— 6 days ago

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A lucky man enjoying this beauty.
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@Shay A couldn’t agree more with your description. Fantastic now but cannot wait to see what happens down the road!
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@Severn Goodwin @Arden Barnett: At this point, a peek at what is to come down the line. I imagine this will age at a glacial pace!

Krug

Grande Cuveé 167ÈME Édition Brut Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.3

Last night’s “Evening With Krug” event, where they officially released their 2006 vintage. Beautiful evening with many different Krug offerings paired with a delicious meal.

This is now my second time having the 167 in the last two months, and my impression is consistent. This has a base of the 2011 vintage, and seems to show the coldness of that vintage as this is quite light...doesn’t flex Krug’s powerful and rich profile. Stone fruits, wet rock, chalky limestone and yeast picking up the longer it’s in the glass. Very balanced and down the middle.
— 6 days ago

Weston EidsonDan Fitzgeraldjoe leatherwood
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Beautiful notes Shay.
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@Severn Goodwin : Thank you Severn! Feels easy to do with beautiful wines in front of you.

Thierry Grandin

Éclat Noir 1er Cru Champagne Blend

Cuvee Eclat Noir / Blanc de Noirs made from 60% pinot meunier and 40% pinot noir / 50 months sur lattes / vinification on wood / a very racy Champagne, lots of Granny Smith apples in smell, yeast. Very pure in taste, finesse, light footed. Long aftertaste. A fine glass of champagne to accompany food. Paired it with pepperbell antipasti and risotto with mushrooms. — 2 days ago

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Marie Demets

Cuvee 19eme Brut Pinot Noir Champagne

Second Marie Demets bottle this weekend, such wonderful stuff, and a great price ($36)! This bottle and the regular Brut bottle are our new favorites.

Nose has sweet pear, dried apple slices, subtle oak and dried bread.

Palate has honey drizzled pear, red apple flesh, bread dough, fresh green apple peel and lightly saline mineral paste on the long finish.
— 3 days ago

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Nice wine, really sings at just below room temp!
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@Lyle Fass Such great stuff.
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Their Tete de cuvee

Krug

22ème Édition Brut Champagne Rosé Blend

Shay A
9.6

Last night’s “Evening With Krug” event, where they officially released their 2006 vintage. Beautiful evening with many different Krug offerings paired with a delicious meal.

This is based on the 2010 vintage. I believe this was actually my first Krug rosé...and it may have been the greatest rosé champagne I’ve had to date. I was curious how this would taste based on Krug’s style, and the first note that hit me on the nose was strawberry shortcake. A sweetness accompanied by yeast, but the fruit was very pure and clean. Raspberries, red berries, cran-raspberry scone, and delicate rose petals up front before a mineral and limestone streak highlights the finish. Knockout pairing with braised short ribs.
— 6 days ago

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Beautiful stuff!!! However &sadly, its price has pasted its QPR.
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@Shay A really impressed with this wine. Love the food pairing!
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@Bryan Kesting : It was certainly a magical night trying so many different Krug offerings!

@David T : I have to agree. Mesmerizing, but the price tag was shocking.

@Arden Barnett : Right up your alley with the pairing!

Chanoine Frères

Grande Reserve Champagne Blend

Shay A
8.9

Yesterday’s Wednesday Wine Committee lunch. Normal format of 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind.

An enjoyable and down the middle type of champagne. At first, it was almost a touch sweet and had bigger bubbles than I expected, but the second bottle had a finer bead. Apple tart, chalk, and very little yeast. I let this mellow out over lunch and it smelled like fresh honey after a while. I believe this is the second oldest champagne house in champagne? I called this French NV champagne.
— 5 days ago

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Charles Heidsieck

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

It’s a little birthday pre-celebration for the birthday girl before we head north tomorrow for a big Bordeaux tasting and dinner to celebrate.

That’s her enjoying the afternoon sun in the D&S Lounge on her day off. Happy Birthday Sofia! Love you.

As for the Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve, it never disappoints.

The palate shows beautiful mousse, green & golden apple, pineapple juice, some pear, a touch of cider, lemon & lime zest, kiwi, green melon, notes of caramel, baguette crust, mixed greens, saline, sea fossils & spray, grainy, grey volcanic minerals, low intensity white spice, thick, powdery chalkiness, spring flowers, jasmine, soft, crisp acidity and a well balanced & polished finish.

Photos of; the birthday queen on her throne, her birthday bouquet, long shot of our yard and a nice fall sunset with a glass of celebration nectar. 😜🎉🎊🎂🥂
— 11 days ago

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@David T David have a great tasting trip and Happy Birthday to Sofia Cheers 🍷
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Thank you PA appreciate it!
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@Sofia Jalilie you’re welcome from Canada enjoy Cheers 🎂🍷

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.3

It’s Friday night, time for Champagne. It’s been a number of weeks since we had one of our very favorite N/V Rosé Champange’s.

One of the last nights in the D&S Lounge before we close it up for the season. It’s getting into the 50’s at night with fog hovering. But, it’s 75-77 degrees inside our propane fray. Rainy season is coming as well. 😞

Plate & Bottle dinner tomorrow night. 😋

Have great weekend everyone! Cheers! 🍾🥂

Numerous previous notes apply.

Photos of; the sunset over one of Billecart’s Grand Cru vineyards, inside the House of Billecart and the beautiful manicured grounds of the Billecart Estate.
— 4 days ago

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24°F here tonight, with wind 🥶
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@David T : I don’t blame you. At $330 (or $300 with 6-pack pricing), it’s well outside my purchase range! Too bad.
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@Severn Goodwin Yes, I heard about the sub seasonal temps through Tuesday east of the Rockies! Burr! 🥶 Can’t say I miss my MN days. Good people but, bad geography.

Krug

Grande Cuvée 162 Ème Édition Brut Champagne Blend

Shay A
9.4

Last night’s “Evening With Krug” event, where they officially released their 2006 vintage. Beautiful evening with many different Krug offerings paired with a delicious meal.

Since the ‘06 was being released, they wanted to also pour the ‘06 base Edition. I preferred this over the 167, mainly because it seemed more Krug like. Slightly oxidative, toasty, lots of sweet toffee and nougat aromatics. Fresh honeyed pastry, ginger, and such a decadent profile on the palate. This is going to get even better, and is such a great buy...especially when these Grande Cuvée bottles have 88% reserve wine in them going back to the early ‘90s.
— 6 days ago

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Ruinart

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

David T
9.2

It’s a 375ml double dip night.

There was a time in my life, I almost never opened Champagne. Now, can’t seem to get enough.

The Ruinart Rosé has the; deeper, darker, richer fruits over the BSR but, while the chalk, sea fossils, minerals are very good, it just not as a impressive as the BSR.

Photos of; the House of Ruinart, Dom Thierry Ruinart, their caves and one of their their Grand Cru vineyards.
— 4 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin But, as a wise, elderly man once told me, “variety is the spice of life!”
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@David T There is another cuvée above Run Rig these days called The Laird which is up around $1000AUD I believe. Never tried it myself but one of my favourites and a GSM blend is called The Steading.
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@David T Sorry. Meant to be on your Torbreck note not Ruinart!