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Dom, Cristal, Comtes de Champagne, Krug and more...
18 November 2014|Cellar Journal
There are few pleasures in life comparable to sharing a bottle of Cristal or Krug. Rather than celebrating a special occasion, the quality of the wine becomes the occasion itself.
We've tracked down new releases of Dom Perignon, Cristal and Comtes de Champagnes - all are at least as good as last year's releases so regular buyers can buy with confidence. The Krug Grande Cuvee, the benchmark (blended from circa 120 cuvees) of non-vintage-dated Champagne is consistently outstanding as always.
We're also very proud to introduce our own directly imported Champagne Gardet Prestige Charles Gardet. With a phenomenal 8 years on lees (even longer than Dom or Cristal), we're confident the quality compares very favourably with all these other Champagnes.
"One should aspire to indulge in this finest of Champagne experiences which if slowly sipped over a long evening in special company, will leave you with indelible memories." Jeff
97/100 - Wine Spectator
95/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co.
91/100 - eRobertParker.com
5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine
The King of prestige NV Champagne Krug crafted from a blend of circa 120 wines across 10-vintages with some components 15-years old. Add in 6-years of lees ageing per bottle and Krug is 20-years in the making which is why it's so remarkable.
SMELLS: Every sniff reveals additional fruit, floral, lees aging aroma as its deep complexities unfold.
TASTES: Truly powerful Champagne with a breadth and depth that will have you in isolated contemplation. The arresting finish is laced with delicate citrus and nutty lees complexity.
The very emblem of success and prestige, Cristal's Gold wrapper has become a global icon.
97/100 - Richard Juhlin
97/100 - Huon Hooke
97/100 - Antonio Galloni
"The bouquet evokes dried herbs, straw and hay, wildflowers, bracken and heather. It's fine, soft, balanced and clean in the mouth: a multi-faceted wine which is still a baby and will age superbly, giving even more in the future. A great wine of tremendous power and intensity." Huon Hooke
"Just fantastic from the start. A colossal power and beautiful rumbling pinot maturity. It's like chewing on the ripest grapes from Ay and Verzenay. At the same time ultra stylish down all the unmistakable Cristal essence, peach and mango sweetness, pineapple coconut, vanilla and unreal sprightly acidity and citrus flowery. Many similarities with 2002, but with a clearer pinot touch." Richard Juhlin
"Roederer's 2006 Brut Cristal is striking in its sense of lift and delicacy…A nose of fresh apple, fennel and cucumber sets up associations with a slaw or salad that are crisply, lusciously and refreshingly redeemed on the palate. A garland of honeysuckle and heliotrope complements subtle suggestions of raw almond and vanilla, while alkaline and iodine notes as well as cooling but pungent green herbal notes add to the soothing yet stimulating finish. This exceptionally poised, refined, and buoyant performance is apt to gain depth with a few years' bottle age."
Brand new release - 100% Chardonnay and 100% to die for
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards
95/100 - Wine Enthusiast
94/100 - Wine Spectator
"Shows lovely balance, with a china-like backbone of acidity, finely meshed with a creamy mousse and rich and toasty flavours of roasted hazelnut, creamed apple, lemon parfait and spun honey. A vein of smoky minerality echoes on the finish. Drink now through 2028." Wine Spectator
The icon among icons - at a price that defies logic!
96/100 - Huon Hooke
96/100 - Antonio Galloni
95/100 - Wine Spectator
5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine
Named after the monk who revolutionised the production of sparkling wine in Champagne, Dom is perhaps the world's most famous Champagne - and with good reason. Each time Moet declare a vintage, Dom seems to redefine elegance and hedonism. After their idiosyncratic but potentially long-lived 2003 and their universally praised 2002, we're pleased to announce the 2004 Dom has massive and wide-ranging appeal. Chef du cave Richard Geoffroy describes the 2004 as 'tactile, dark and chiselled', and the vintage was marked by a cool August resurrected by a near-perfect September.
SMELLS: Bewitching as usual - the fine yeast autolysis characters of almond brioche give way to white flowers, peach, chocolate and hazelnut.
TASTES: Like many great white wines, Dom has huge power and presence allied with a wonderful lightness of touch. Like a shape-shifter, Dom keeps changing, unfurling layers upon layers in the mouth, building to a salty, spicy, creamy finish. Superb drinking between now and 2030.
From a vineyard right next door to Dom...
A statement cuvee in an impressive gift box - it's affordable luxury that looks too good to give away!
94/100 - Fine Wine Delivery Co
Exclusive to the Fine Wine Delivery Company there is just no vintage Champagne on the market that can come close to it for the price. With an astonishing 8 years on lees and no malolactic fermentation, this primarily Grand and Premier Cru fruited wine is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir with 8 g/l of dosage.
SMELLS: Attractive citrus, vanilla, pear, roasted nut and subtle honey aromas signal a fine Champagne experience is about to unfold.
TASTES: The elegant lightly creamed mousse coats the mouth with soft lemon, brioche and fine nutty characters evolving through to a captivating finish of gala apple and freshly baked bread. A very fine bead sustains the long complex finish, unfurling further complexity with every sip.
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