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11 VINTAGES

THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

FRANCE

– CHAMPAGNE

KRUG GRANDE CUVÉE

BRUT CHAMPAGNE

AC

TASTING NOTE: This is all about balance

and the integration of power and finesse,

with finely honed acidity supporting

flavors of quince paste, dried black

cherry, spun honey and candied orange

zest, while rich notes of roasted walnut,

coffee liqueur and toasted cardamom

resonate on the finish. Hard to stop

sipping. Drink now through 2028.

Score:

97

(Alison Napjus,

winespectator.

com

, Nov. 30, 2013)

38562 (XD) 750 mL $305.00

TARLANT CUVÉE LOUIS

EXTRA BRUT CHAMPAGNE

AC

TASTING NOTE: This is a decadent

and rich blended Champagne with

a very fine bubble and texture. Full body,

dried mango, pineapple and lemon

character with a bread dough and light

cheese aftertaste. The base wine of

half chardonnay and pinot noir comes

from the 1996, 1997 and 1998 vintages.

Drink now. Score:

93

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Oct. 7, 2016)

293811 (XD) 750 mL $108.00

MOËT & CHANDON

MCIII CHAMPAGNE

AC

TASTING NOTE: As MC-owned Dom

Pérignon sails under its own flag, the

NV MCIII is the new prestige cuvée of

Moët & Chandon, and it is nothing but a

unique assemblage of different vintages

or what MC calls “the Champagne of the

third millennium.” With its ambitious MCIII,

Moët seeks the perfect “balance between

harmony and generous complexity” by

blending young vintages aged in stainless

steel vats (I), with matured vintages aged

in oak casks (II), and rare vintages aged

in glass bottles (III). Call it madness or the

“icon of luxury for a new generation,” but

this is of what the inaugural assemblage

NVMCIII 001.14 is made: steel-fermented

vins clairs of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

from the vintage 2003, which were

blended together in 2004 and comprise

40% of the cuvée (I); another 40% blends

the declared vintages 2002, 2000 and

1998 that were mainly fermented in large

oak vats and kept as vins clairs for Moët’s

Grand Vintage (II); and the final 20%

assembles the Grand Vintage Collection

Champagnes 1999, 1998 and 1993,

which had already undergone the second

fermentation, but had not been disgorged

yet (III). The “ultimate expression of

blending” was created in 2004 and kept

for ten years on the lees of the second

(respectively third) fermentation. The

cuvée 001.14 was disgorged in 2014

as Brut with a dosage of four or five

grams per liter. The expensive wine offers

a fascinatingly deep and concentrated

bouquet that is very clear and fresh in

its fruit aromas, but also delivers complex

secondary aromas of coffee, nougat,

biscuits and many more flavors.

Full-bodied, ripe and intense on the

palate, this is a rich and powerful, yet

round and highly elegant cuvée of

great complexity and persistence. It is

stunningly fresh and pairs fruity aromas

with nutty and spicy flavors, revealing

a delicate tannin structure and a very

long, salty and mineral finish. The MCIII

can age for many years and I would

recommend not drinking it much

earlier than 2020. Drink: 2020-2040.

Score:

95+

(Stephan Reinhardt,

robertparker.com

, June 29, 2016)

470575 (XD) 750 mL $657.00

TAITTINGER COMTES DE

CHAMPAGNE BRUT ROSÉ 2006

AC

TASTING NOTE: Taittinger’s 2006

Comtes de Champagne Rosé blends

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with 16%

red wine, mainly from Bouzy. Lovely,

pure and fresh on the nose, with spicy

sweet cherry aromas and red berry

flavors, this is a rich and potent, full-

bodied and firmly structured Rosé with

nice purity and freshness. The finish

reveals a sweet intensity and good length.

Drink Date: 2021-2028. Score:

93

(Stephan Reinhardt,

robertparker.com

,

June 29, 2016)

82354 (XD) 750 mL $278.00