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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

DECEMBER 2017

35 VINTAGES

TAITTINGER COMTES DE

CHAMPAGNE BLANC DE BLANCS

CHAMPAGNE 2006

AC

TASTING NOTE: Light yellow. Refined,

elegant nose still in its youth, intermixing

floral scents, herbs – angelica and

fresh mint – and subtle toasted

undertones. Ample, ethereal, silky palate

displaying supreme harmony.

A particularly successful bottling.

Score:

99

(

gilbertgaillard.com

, 2016)

55277 (D)

750 mL $215.00

KRUG CLOS DU MESNIL

BLANC DE BLANCS

BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2002

AC

TASTING NOTE: This is a wine with

staggering length and immense purity.

It’s as powerful as chardonnay can be,

showcasing an incredible depth of

pure fresh lemons, yellow grapefruit,

honey and dried white and yellow flowers.

The concentration and complexity of

primary fruits are outstanding, and

there are some more exotic flavors here

too in the peach and green-mango

spectrum. The texture is ultra-fine and

creamy through the mid-palate, its

majestic curves sweeping long around

a sturdy mineral core. This is very silky

and focused, offering gently creamy

moments before twisting towards a

composed, restricted and compressed

chalk-like finish. It delivers an impression

of chardonnay that captures incredible

richness, fleshiness, persistence and

power. Yet the acidity is staggering while

being simultaneously perfectly balanced.

Drink now but this will have a lot more

to come after 2020. Score:

100

(James

Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, Oct. 7,

2016)

38711 (XD) 750 mL $1,149.00

PIPER-HEIDSIECK

RARE BRUT CHAMPAGNE 2002

With gift box, AC

TASTING NOTE: Impeccably balanced

and silky, with finely honed acidity

shaping the expansive flavors of toasted

brioche, crushed blackberry, lemon

preserves and honey, revealing hints of

Frangelico liqueur and smoked nut. Rich

and vivid, with a lasting finish. Drink now

through 2027. 2,500 cases made. Highly

Recommended. Score:

97

(Alison Napjus,

Wine Spectator

, Nov. 15, 2015)

380915 (D)

750 mL $239.00

FRANCE

– JURA

RED WINE

DOMAINE DU PÉLICAN ARBOIS

TROIS CÉPAGES 2015

AC Arbois

“My red cuvée, Trois Cépages, is clearly

not made in a Burgundian way because

it’s a blend of Pinot Noir, Poulsard and

Trousseau. It is not possible to make Jura

wines in the same manner as in Burgundy

because we have to adapt to the local

terroir, and to how the plant behaves in

such a terroir. That is one reason why this

Jura project is interesting and sometimes

challenging.” (Guillaume d’Angerville, as

quoted in

Decanter

magazine, March 2017)

529073 (XD) 750 mL $53.00