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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

VINTAGES

29

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

HOLIDAY PARTYWINES & CHAMPAGNE

PRODUCT & TASTING NOTES

IN A GLASS

OF ITS OWN

(as shown on pages 16 to 23)

CHAMPAGNE

BILLECART-SALMON BRUT ROSÉ

CHAMPAGNE

AC, France

TASTING NOTE: A lovely rosé in an almost

vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and

a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors

of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise,

mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly

chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food.

Drink now through 2020. Score:

93

(Alison

Napjus,

winespectator.com

, Nov. 15, 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (XD) $109.95

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CRISTAL BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2009

AC, France

(Louis Roederer)

TASTING NOTE: White peach and acacia blos-

som aromas accent the flavors of poached

apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and

spun honey in this harmonious Champagne.

The satiny mousse caresses the palate, while

firm, focused acidity drives the lasting finish.

Drink now through 2030. Score:

95

(Alison

Napjus,

winespectator.com

, Nov. 30, 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (D)

$304.95

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AVintages Essential

DOM PÉRIGNON BRUT

CHAMPAGNE 2006

With gift box, AC, France

(Moët & Chandon)

TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Dom Pérignon

comes from a very rich vintage with an early

ripeness that brought a lot of aromatic

maturity. The white-golden prestige cuvée

contains a bit more Chardonnay than Pinot

Noir and opens with a deep and seductive,

pretty accessible nose with intense yet fresh

fruit aromas of pineapples, with peaches

and tangerines. Lively and elegant on the

palate, this is a full-bodied, unusually aromatic

and fruity DPwith a long and tension-filled

expression. Score:

96

(Stephan Reinhardt,

robertparker.com

, June 29, 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (XD) $231.95

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GARDET CUVÉE SAINT FLAVY

TRADITION BRUT CHAMPAGNE

AC, France

TASTING NOTE: A solid, balanced champagne

at a reasonable price, simple but authentically

toasty, with lively citrus and brioche-yeast

flavours. It’s in a delicate and refined style,

aiming for finesse rather than sheer power it

seems. Decent length, too. Score:

90

(John

Szabo, MS,

winealign.com

, July 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (XD) $42.95

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LALLIER GRAND CRU BRUT ROSÉ

CHAMPAGNE

AC, France

TASTING NOTE: This is a concentrated,

full-bodied wine, full of sweeps of red fruits

that are beautifully balanced by the citrus

acidity. It is an appealing Champagne to drink

now, although with its youthful acidity it will

age into a ripe, mellowwine. Score:

91

(Roger

Voss,

Wine Enthusiast

, Dec. 1, 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (XD) $56.95

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LARMANDIER-BERNIER LONGITUDE

BLANC DE BLANCS EXTRA BRUT

1

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CRU CHAMPAGNE

AC, France

TASTINGNOTE: Larmandier-Bernier’s NVExtra

Brut Blanc de Blancs Longitude 1er Cru is a

powerful, tightlywound wine that captures the

inherent energy of these soils rich in limestone

and chalk. The trademark Larmandier-Bernier

breadth comes through, but it is also tempered

by thewine’s tightlywound sense of energy.

Citrus, orchard fruit, dried herb and crushed

flowers all develop nicely. Above all else, though,

the Longitude is a wine of mineral-driven

intensity and focus. Ideally, readers should be

prepared to cellar this edition for at least

another 2-3 years. The Longitude is a gorgeous,

striking Champagne, but it is also one of the

most reticent wines in this range. Dosage is

4 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 2014.

Drinking window: 2018-2024. Score:

93+

(Antonio Galloni,

vinous.com

, Dec. 2016)

Rich & Complex

750 mL (XD) $75.95

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New at Vintages

Products on these pages will be available to order starting at

9:00 a.m. on December 9. Online quantities are limited.