Effervescence LA 2018: May 3-May 5

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty,” Lily Bollinger famously said of Champagne. While you never need an excuse to uncork something sparkling, this weekend in Los Angeles, wine lovers from across the globe are uniting to rejoice in all things bubbly at the inaugural Effervescence LA. This epic weekend of Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world brings together iconic producers with passionate enthusiasts in a series of wine tastings and seminars. Such opportunities include a luncheon with Billecart-Salmon, an evening pairing Krug with vinyl, a grand tasting, gala dinner, and beyond. Tickets are available to Delectable users at an exclusive discounted rate here. Use code DELECTABLE20 for 20% off the Grand Champagne Tasting and More Bubbles Sparkling Wine Tasting and code DELECTABLE10 for 10% off all other events. THURSDAY - May 3 Master Class: You Say Bubbles, I Say Sparkling Wine 10:30am – 12:00pm, Kimpton La Peer Hotel A master class led by journalist Patrick Comiskey featuring sparkling wines from Italy, Spain, Germany and beyond. Master Class: Style and Substance – The Triumph of the Grande Marques 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Kimpton La Peer Hotel A master class taught by Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth exploring the prominence of Champagne’s finest big houses. Pairing: Krug Lovers Dinner 7:30pm, Viale dei Romani A paired dinner in the company of Krug’s winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot, where guests have the opportunity to try such icon wines as the 2002 Clos du Mesnil and 2002 Clos d’Ambonnay. FRIDAY – May 4 Master Class: Mature Champagnes – How Champagne Ages Over the Years 10:30am, Kimpton La Peer Hotel A master class with Swedish Champagne expert Richard Juhlin on the ageability of Champagne, featuring examples from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Pairing: Billecart-Salmon Collector Luncheon 12:30pm, République A paired meal by Chef Walter Manzke in celebration of Billecart-Salmon’s 200th Anniversary, where attendees can bid on the only known magnum of Nicolas François 1961. Master Class: An Exploration of Chardonnay in Krug 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Kimpton La Peer Hotel A master class guided by Krug winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot focused on the role of Chardonnay at the Champagne house, featuring Clos du Mesnil 2004. Tasting: More Bubbles Sparkling Wine Extravaganza 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Avalon Hollywood A walk-around style tasting featuring bubbles from the United States, Austria, England, Italy and beyond. Pairing: An Evening of Krug x Vinyl 8:00pm, Kali Krug takes over one of Los Angeles’ top restaurants, where winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot will pair his wines with musical selections. SATURDAY – May 5 Master Class: Champagne Hiking – The Missing Piece 10:30am, Kimpton La Peer Hotel A master class with Richard Juhlin, author of “The Scent of Champagne,” discussing how your environment can affect your perception of Champagne. Tasting: Grand Champagne Tasting 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Avalon Hollywood A grand tasting featuring a carefully curated lineup of Champagne’s top producers, from the Grande Marques to artisan growers. Pairing: Champagne Gala Dinner 7:00pm, République A Paulée-style dinner by Chef Walter Manzke where guests are encouraged to bring treasured bottles of Champagne from the cellars. Be sure to use Delectable to capture all of your favorite sparkling sips throughout the weekend and to see what your friends are saying! Plus, show that you have a Delectable account to be entered to win prize packages that include a bottle of bubbly, a Vinous Classic subscription, and Delectable Premium access. We can’t wait to see how you’ll be celebrating!

Krug

Clos du Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2002

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9.5

The 2002 Clos du Mesnil is wonderfully pliant and expressive in the glass. The radiant personality of the year comes through in the wine's ripe, tropically-leaning flavors and open-knit personality. I imagine the 2002 will develop at a relatively fast pace by Clos du Mesnil standards. Even so, there is more than enough freshness underpinning the fruit to support at least two decades of very fine drinking. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2017) — 2 years ago

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Krug

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 1998

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9.5

Krug's 1998 Brut Vintage is an excellent choice for drinking today, as the classic Krug style is rich, alive and totally vivid. Honey, almonds, smoke, graphite and dried apricots are some of the many aromas and flavors found in this rich, enveloping Champagne. A wine of texture and depth, the 1998 impresses for its vinous personality and terrific balance. Lively veins of underlying acidity suggest the 1998 will drink well for many years to follow. This is one of the best bottles of the 1998 I have ever tasted. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2012) — 2 years ago

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Henri Giraud

Fût de Chêne Brut Grand Cru Champagne Blend

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9.4

The MV 10 Fut de Chêne is a blend of 70% 2010 and 30% reserve wines. The flavors are bright, focused and lifted throughout. Even so, there is plenty of underlying Aÿ depth. Lemon confit, chamomile, mint and dried flowers are some of the signatures. Now that the Fut de Chêne perpetual reserve has a few more vintages in it, this cuvée is gaining in complexity, which is of course great to see. The MV 2010 needs at least six months in bottle to recover from its disgorgement. Even so, it is impressive today. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Disgorged December 6 2016. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2017) — 2 years ago

Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend 2002

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9.4

The 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart comes across as rich, powerful and opulent. This latest release of the 2002 was disgorged in July 2015 and finished with a Chardonnay-based liqueur whereas the previous release, disgorged in May 2014, was finished with a Pinot Noir-based liqueur. This is a distinctly vinous, almost shockingly raw, visceral Champagne from Billecart-Salmon. There is no shortage of volume or intensity, that is for sure. Stylistically, this year's release inhabits a whole other world relative to last year's release. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2016) — 2 years ago

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Billecart-Salmon

Le Clos Saint-Hilaire Brut Blanc de Noirs 1996

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9.5

One of the most pleasant surprises of the night, the 1996 Le Clos Saint Hilaire, is striking. Crushed flowers, mint, autumn leaves and sweet berries all lift from the glass. Sweet, pliant and generous, the 1996 shows exceptional balance and purity. I don’t see the 1996 as a super long-term ager, but it is fabulous today. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, October 2014)
— 2 years ago

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Bollinger

La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend 2007

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9.3

Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2017) — 2 years ago

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Cesarini Sforza

Aquila Reale Riserva Trento DOC Sparkling Chardonnay

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Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2009

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9.6

Rich, creamy and radiant, the 2009 Cristal captures all of the natural generosity of the vintage while also retaining a good bit of freshness and aromatic intensity. Immediate and totally sensual in its allure, the 2009 will drink well with minimal cellaring. All things considered, at this stage, the 2009 comes across as relatively restrained for a wine from a warm year. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2017) — 2 years ago

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Jacquesson & Fils

Cuvée No. 740 Extra Brut Champagne Blend

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9.4

The NV Cuvée 740, based on the 2012 vintage, is superb. Rich, ample and creamy, yet with striking translucence, the 740 has it all. A classic Jacquesson Champagne, done in the house’s contemporary style, the 740 is a rare young Champagne from this house that will drink well with no cellaring at all. Pastry, orchard fruit, spice, dried flowers and chamomile all flesh out in the glass, but it is the wine’s exceptional balance that places it among the region’s top bottles. The 740 marks another stylistic shift for Jacquesson in which the preference is to focus more on the character of a specific vintage by lowering the amount of reserve wines from the 30% range, where it has been, to around 20%, where it is now. The 2012 is a blend of fruit from vineyards in Aÿ, Dizy, Hautvillers, Avize and Oiry. Disgorged July 2016. Dosage is 1.5 grams/liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2017) — 2 years ago

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Bellavista

Franciacorta Pinot Nero Chardonnay Rosé 2011

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9.2

Golden-tinged light pink. Very deep aromas of candied orange peel, apple sauce, peach and yellow flowers on the spicy nose. Clean, fresh and juicy, with very good size and mouthcoating texture to the ripe red fruit and apricot flavors. Finishes long, with a tactile mouthfeel. A serious rosato with sneaky concentration and complexity that just creeps up on you. Very well done. (Ian D'Agata, Vinous, May 2017) — 2 years ago