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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

26 VINTAGES

FRANCE

– CHaMPaGNE

RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS

BRUT CHAMPAGNE

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

a finely knit Champagne,

this is driven by smoky minerality and

layered with a subtle mix of lemon curd,

biscuit, acacia blossom and white peach

puree. Long and vibrant on the spiced

finish. Drink now through 2020. Score:

92

(alison Napjus,

winespectator.com

,

Oct. 31, 2016)

62984 (D) 750 mL $115.00

CHAMPAGNE BARONS DE

ROTHSCHILD VINTAGE

CHAMPAGNE 2008

AC

Champagne Barons de Rothschild is

made up of the three French branches

of the family who individually own a

number of wine brands and Bordeaux-

classed growth estates, including Mouton,

Lafite and Clarke. The 2008 Champagne

is an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot

Noir, and it received six years on the lees.

499863 (XD) 750 mL $128.00

PHILIPPONNAT CLOS DES GOISSES

BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2007

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

Extremely precise

tensile acidity with gunflint, soy, vanilla, dry

and lean citrus and pear fruit and just a

faint note of eucalyptus leaf. The bead and

texture is also fine and pure leading to a

terrifically long finish. This will certainly age

for 25 years plus and shouldn’t really be

broached for another five. Score:

95

(John

Stimpfig,

decanter.com

, Oct. 14, 2016)

540211 (XD) 750 mL $344.00

KRUG BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2004

AC

From one of Champagne’s most legendary

producers, this newly released 2004

bubbly is yet to be reviewed. However, if

the near-perfect scores of 19 and 19.5,

respectively – which Jancis Robinson,

MW, gave to the ’03 and ’02 vintages

earlier this year in a blind tasting – are any

indication, this too is poised to be a classic.

68395 (D) 750 mL $410.00

MOUTARD BRUT CHAMPAGNE 1996

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

Firm and smoky, with

a hint of oyster shell underscoring the

flavors of roasted walnut, dried currant,

fleur de sel, ground ginger and crystallized

honey. Racy on the palate, delivering a

zesty finish. Disgorged June 25, 2014.

Drink now through 2020. Score:

93

(alison Napjus,

winespectator.com

,

Dec. 15, 2014)

513614 (XD) 750 mL $105.00

DOM PÉRIGNON P2 ROSÉ

CHAMPAGNE 1996

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

This has plenty of

dried roses, rose hip and other very gently

seductive perfumes on offer here such

as wild cherries, some pepper, plenty of

spices and pink, musky marshmallows.

The autolysis is still very discreet, although

the fruits have changed to another phase

of more savory characters and are really

delicate. This is undoubtedly a restrained

Champagne on a very slowpath of evolution.

The palate’s smoothly layered with the

phenolics shaping it in the first phase of

the palate, casting a long tube-like form.

The core is composed of dried strawberries,

some spiced cherries, some dried peaches

and pink grapefruit to boot. It then gives

way to fresh acidity as it delivers a really

thrilling and mouth-watering finish with

some toasty hazelnuts and flamed orange

zest to close. Superb focus, and the

vintage character of the acidity and length

is stunning. Beautifully preserved in the

cellars for some twenty-odd years. What

a treat! Drink now and for another decade

or more. This will age on cork very nicely.

Truly a superb expression of Dom Perignon

Rosé. Score:

96

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Oct. 7, 2016)

507897 (XD) 750 mL $1,280.00