Champagne - 75 Top Vintage and NV Champagne

Tasted September 1, 2015 - September 22, 2019 by Collector1855 with 1,233 views

Flight 1 - Millesime Champagne - Top Scorers (18 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses France, Champagne
97 points
Burgundy lunch. Contender for the best Champagne I had. This was stunning, combining floral elements with minerality, creamy, yet fresh palate and very long aromatic finish. Tertiary notes without being oxidative. A Wow Champagne. 97+
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White - Sparkling
1996 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil France, Champagne
97 points
During a tasting lunch. I am not a big Champagne person, so I was particularly interested to see what awaits you at the peak of Champagne. Well, I am still not a big Champagne person, may be it is because I am not a big white wine person either. Medium yellow. Expressive and complex nose of yeast, white fruit, flowers, minerals. There is a kind of aged/oxidative touch in these old Champagnes as usual, something that adds complexity but is not so much to my liking. The palate is subtle, complex with a long finish.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare France, Champagne
97 points
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Served by a friend of mine who is into Champagne. This bottle apparently won Wine Spectator blind tasting against stiff competition like Krug's Mesnil, Roederer's Cristal, Moet's Dom, etc. Very aromatic and floral nose with some apple and other citrus fruit, a touch of brioche but the yeasty side stays very much in the background. Excellent palate, fresh with good volume, long finish with citrus fruit and flowers. I can see why this has won. Up there with the best Champagne's I had.
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White - Sparkling
1991 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses France, Champagne
97 points
Wonderful bottle. Deep and complex nose of nutty flavors, bee wax, bakery, flowers. Fresh and not too oxidative for its age. Great perlage. A very grand Champagne.
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White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
97 points
During a tasting. Beautiful mineral nose intermixed with flowers. This is long and aristocratic. Excellent fruit and mouth feel too. A grand Champagne by any measure.
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Rosé - Sparkling
1996 Deutz Champagne Cuvée William Deutz Rosé France, Champagne
97 points
During a Paulee dinner so only brief impressions. Wow, what a start with this bottle at our table. This was seriously one of the best Champagne’s I ever had. Outstanding complexity, flowers, raspberry, brioche. Fresh and creamy.
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White - Sparkling
2003 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
97 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. My note may look astronomic but in this tasting this was by far the best bottle. It stood, for my palate, miles apart from the rest. The only Champagne I kept coming back to and wowed me every time. Very subtle nose, discrete notes of flowers, mint, nuts and white fruit. elegant and complex. Also on the palate, impressed much more with the depth of the aroma and not just the bubbles. You could sense that this was a great white wine before it was turned into Champagne. Very fine perlage, very long. Terrific!
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White - Sparkling
2004 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
96 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. This Champagne was my favorite of the 10 vintage Champagnes served in today's tasting. Complex and deep nose of vanilla, almond, yeast, very aristrocratic and subtle. On the palate very fine perlage with great aromatic length. Long finish. Wow! This will go great with a meal as well.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Deutz Champagne Cuvée William Deutz France, Champagne
97 points
During a wine tasting dinner. A wonderful champagne. Expressive and floral note, some nuts, stone fruit, touch of strawberry, really complex. Delicate perlage, wonderful mouth feel and long finish. Grand stuff.
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White - Sparkling
1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
96 points
From Magnum. What a great start into this wine dinner. Medium yello, aromas of apple, bakery, lemon, apricot. Excellent presence and perlage. This struck the right balance of drinkability and complexity. Everyone liked it. It also felt young and fresh from this MG bottle. Terrific!
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White - Sparkling
2002 Gosset Champagne Celebris Extra Brut France, Champagne
96 points
During a tasting. Nose of bakery, yeast , quite floral but restraint and not too sweet. Very nice complexity, good tertiary aromas also emerge on the finish. Nice perlage and mouth feel. A top showing.
White - Sparkling
1997 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
96 points
Not a Champagen buff myself but I found this to be a great Champagne. Mineralic, floral, drinks like a Montrachet or Meursault, goes well with food not just as apero. The perlage is subtle and fine. Great freshness and mouth feel.
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White - Sparkling
1996 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Les Clos Saint-Hilaire France, Champagne
96 points
During a tasting lunch. Complex nose of apple, flowers yeast, very young and fresh for a 20 year old bottle. Enters the palate lively and bubbly, classic and refined. Good freshness and finish.
White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
96 points
Discrete and complex nose of bakery, minerals, flowers, very elegant and deep. Enters the palate with fine perlage. Excellent length of an aromatically refined finish. Great vintage of Dom. 96+
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White - Sparkling
2012 Jérôme Prévost Champagne La Closerie Extra Brut Les Beguines France, Champagne
96 points
Wow, really loved this grower Champagne. Very racy acidity, excellent fruit, minerality, sophisticated perlage, this extra brut is not sour and lean, well done. Felt like a Meusault Perrieres with bubbles.
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White - Sparkling
2011 Paul Dethune Champagne Brut Cuvée à l'Ancienne France, Champagne
96 points
During a tasting/Paulee dinner, so only brief impressions. A really great Champagne with wonderful floral nose, fresh palate. Brioche, good dosage and mineralic. Very good. 96+
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White - Sparkling
1989 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
96 points
Wonderful mature Champagne nose with candied apple & cinnamon, vanilla, (I guess that makes apple pie) flowers, ginger. Not too oxidative for the fact that this is 30 years old. The palate stays fresh with fine perlage.
White - Sparkling
2003 Henriot Champagne Brut Millésimé France, Champagne
96 points
During a walkabout/tasting dinner, so only brief impressions. Wow, I really liked this. Highly complex nose of brioche, flowers, minerals, wax, flowers, nuts. Kept coming back to this despite me not being a Champagne fan. 96+

Flight 2 - Millesimes Champagnes (50 notes)

White - Sparkling
2000 Krug Champagne Vintage Brut France, Champagne
95 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Very complex nose bakery, brioche, apple, lemon, almonds and some oak, clearly on the classic, yeasty side. Soft perlage with good, aromatic finish. A very strong showing again.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
95 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. This is from the famous Clos du Mesnil vineyard. Very subtle nose with apple, mint, minerals, a bit much yeast for me. Fine perlage, elegant on the palate. This was grand Champagne no doubt but was clearly beaten by the Krug today. Given it is twice the price, no doubt where my money would go to.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Bruno Paillard Champagne Nec Plus Ultra France, Champagne
95 points
Very fresh and mineralic Champagne, flowers and some white fruit. I really like this racy style more than the yeasty style, this Champagne feels like a Meursault Perrieres or a Riesling GG. Excellent. 95+
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White - Sparkling
2004 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Distinctively more dry, mineralic and elegant compared to the first ones served. Aromas around almonds, hazelnut, some yeast, flowers and minerals.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame France, Champagne
95 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Very nice nose of yeast, bakery, mineralic, nutty and deep. Enters the palate fresh and fruity with fine perlage, not too bubbly. Good length.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Gosset Champagne Celebris Extra Brut France, Champagne
95 points
During a tasting. Tasted side by side with the 2002. The 2004 is more fruity and less mineral, feels sweeter on the palate. My clear preference is for the 2002 but this is also very good.
White - Sparkling
2004 Lamiable Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Les Meslaines Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
Holy cow, did not know this champagne. Dark yellow color with an orange hue. Exciting and deep nose that goes beyond the off the mill Champagne taste around flowers and bakery, adding apples and a strong dose of quince jam. Good perlage and excellent length. Really liked this.
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White - Sparkling
2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Discrete and subtle nose of apple, minerals but a light seaside touch. The yeast stays in the background (if you like the bakery/brioche style this is not your bottle). Elegant and discrete finish.
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White - Sparkling
2006 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut France, Champagne
94 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Nose of apple, mint, some yeast, mineral. Nice and subtle, also on the perlage. This is good but could not reach the best bottles of today.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
94 points
Very elegant nose of flowers, peach, hawthorn and some almonds. Very fine perlage and excellent length. Very high class champagne.
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White - Sparkling
2007 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut France, Champagne
93 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Fresh nose of apple, quince with a hint of vanilla, reminding me of a Chardonnay where the ripeness has really been pushed. Very little of the typical mineral and yeast notes in this Champagne. So, if you prefer the classic style this will not be your first choice. Finishes aromatic, with a strong apply cider note.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
93 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Nose of apple, oak, vanilla and flowers. Just like the Taittinger this is very fruit forward, lovely style.
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White - Sparkling
2005 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
93 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Nose of apple, apricot, yeast with a mineralic backbone. Very succulent to drink but with good length, pleases both oenophiles and occasional drinkers. A bit bubbly for my taste. 93+
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White - Sparkling
2004 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
93 points
Nose of apple, almond, whit fruit and a bit of minerals. Also some yeasty fruity notes. This was quite succulent as well as the NV bottle but with some additional depth. Good value. 93-94
Rosé - Sparkling
2000 Dom Pérignon Champagne Rosé France, Champagne
93 points
This champagne was interesting because the Pinot was quite noticeable in the blend. It included therefore some red wine aromas and bitterness to the normal white champagne scents. Quite a lot of strawberry, Haribo Gummibar etc. After all I would rate it as good but not beyond it. Not sure therefore it makes sense for the price.
Rosé - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
93 points
Discrete nose of flowers, rose petals, some yeast. Soft and tame on the palate with discrete bubbles. Very drinkable with food, Medium intensity and length.
Rosé - Sparkling
2003 Henri Abele Champagne Le Sourire de Reims Brut France, Champagne
92 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Discrete nose of cherry, with a distinctive bonbon touch, a bit too much for my taste, otherwise good. Quite present acidity on the palate, medium length.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill France, Champagne
92 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Distinctively yeasty nose with apple, lemon, very Chardonnay in style. A bit acidic for my palate. Medium finish. I wished for more given the price.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Dizy Corne Bautray Extra-Brut France, Champagne
92 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Interesting appearance, looks almost like a normal wine bottle. The nose was too yeasty for my taste, but with good white fruit and lemon as well. On the acidic side for my palate but with good finish.
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Rosé - Sparkling
2005 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée Rosé France, Champagne
92 points
Nose of strawberry intermixed with tea leafes, red current, flowers. This bottle was a whiff oxidative. Perlage on the bubbly side but with a sappy, pinoesque finish.
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White - Sparkling
1997 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année France, Champagne
90 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Very unique nose... Nutmeg, butterscotch and a bit oxidative, mushrooms as well. Is this a correct bottle? Don't know what to make with all of this. Many people liked it though. Need to follow up one this once more. 88-93?
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White - Sparkling
2006 Joseph Perrier Champagne Esprit de Victoria Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
90 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Nose of green apple, lemon. Relatively lean and acidic on the palate. Perlage a bit too foamy.
White - Sparkling
1990 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
95 points
During a tasting dinner. From Magnum. Golden color. Nose of dried fruit, bakery flowers. This has a lot of mature aromas. Nice and complex with a long finish on dried fruit aromas. Perlage is a bit too tame for my taste. Drink up.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Joseph Perrier Champagne Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
90 points
During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. Nose of green apple, quince, some almonds. Very fruity and bubbly on the palate, quite sweet for my taste and not very mineralic. Good but not really my style.
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White - Sparkling
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
93 points
Discrete nose of flowers, some yeast, vanilla. Very soft with tame bubbles, quite a subtle Champagne, nice with food.
White - Sparkling
1998 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon France, Champagne
95 points
During a tasting dinner. Nose of flowers, lemon, apple, a bit of yeast. This is racy and crunchy with great acidity wrapping around the fruit and sweetness. Good length.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage France, Champagne
92 points
Nose of bakery, flowers, succulent but with good freshness and nice perlage. Nice but not overly deep.
Rosé - Sparkling
2007 Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
92 points
Nose of strawberry, yeast, citrus. A nice and refreshing champagne, well balanced between body, acidity and sweetness. Medium length.
White - Sparkling
2004 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
92 points
Pleasant nose of yeast, apple, touch of flowers, nice but not overly complex. Dosage on the easy drinking side, pleasant.
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White - Sparkling
2000 Tarlant Champagne La Vigne d'Antan Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut France, Champagne
95 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Disgorged in 2010. Fine mineralic nose with a touch of nuts, flowers. Finishes clean and fresh like a Riesling GG. Elegant and long.
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Rosé - Sparkling
1999 Tarlant Champagne Rosé Prestige France, Champagne
flawed
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. This was clearly too oxidative for me.
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White - Sparkling
2005 Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
94 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Aromatic nose of nuts, wax, mineral, chalk, creamy palate, a touch oxidative. Good with food.
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White - Sparkling
2008 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
94 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Straight forward mineralic nose with apple, quince, racy and fresh. Clean, lovely. Feels very young at this stage.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Henri Giraud Champagne Grand Cru Argonne Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Fresh nose of white fruit, flowers, mineral, racy, long, good complexity.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses France, Champagne
95 points
Very classic aromas around yeast, quite a lot of it, strong minerality, bakery and flowers. A bit too bubbly/foamy for a higher score but very nice. To be revisited
White - Sparkling
2004 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Grand Cru Fleur de Passion Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
96 points
Very complete Champagne. Fresh on the palate with great aromatic complexity around flowers, white fruit and minerals. Soft perlage, good length.
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White - Sparkling
1998 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Cuvée Creation France, Champagne
93 points
During a tasting dinner. From Magnum. Still very young nose with elements of yeast, flowers, some citrus fruit. Lively and fresh on the palate. Felt so young. Medium complexity, good intensity.
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White - Sparkling
2007 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
95 points
A wonderful Champagne with lots of flowers, some bakery. The palate is pleasant and fruity wih acidity and minerals chiming in in the finish. Very good, attractive QPR too.
White - Sparkling
2000 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne France, Champagne
95 points
During a tasting. Light color, discrete but complex nose of flowers, bakery, white fruit. Very elegant palate, fine perlage. An excellent Champagne.
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White - Sparkling
2004 Bruno Paillard Champagne Assemblage Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Light and steely, lean and clean, white fruit, almost grassy like a SauvBlanc. If you like it fresh and racey, this is your Champagne.
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Rosé - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Rosé France, Champagne
95 points
During a La Paulee dinner, so no detailed tasting notes. Lovely brioche and strawberry, fine perlage.
White - Sparkling
2002 Paul Bara Champagne Grand Cru Comtesse Marie de France Bouzy France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
94 points
Floral and succulent Champagne, dosage felt on the high side but stays fresh and elegant at the same time. Good length.
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White - Sparkling
1996 J. de Telmont Champagne Heritage France, Champagne
94 points
During a blind tasting dinner. Medium dark yellow. The nose was oxidative, not over the ill but clearly oxidative. The Champagne connoisseurs in the room liked it, not my thing though. The palate was great. Good freshness still, great brioche aromas, flowers, toast, nuts. Palate 95, Nose 92
White - Sparkling
2008 Delamotte Champagne Blanc de Blancs Millésimé France, Champagne
94 points
Very nice showing. Beautiful nose with brioche, flowers. The palate has good stuffing and dosage. Well balanced. 94+
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White - Sparkling
2009 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses France, Champagne
95 points
Complex nose of brioche, apple, flowers, touch of nuts. Fine perlage. Long finish. Good, but not as sublime as the 2002 recently tasted.
White - Sparkling
2006 Francis Cossy Champagne Vieilles Vignes France, Champagne
92 points
Tasted blind. Nose of green apple, a touch of bakery with a touch of oxidtion pointing to age. Fine perlage, medium length. Given the nutty notes I would drink this up.
White - Sparkling
2013 Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillerettes France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
94 points
Wonderfully complex nose with red apples, minerals, rose petals, white flowers. Fresh and elegant palate. I wish all large houses would make Champagne like this.
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White - Sparkling
2010 Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Millésimé France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
Clean and crisp iwth lots of white flowers, typical for a blanc de blanc. Some red apples as well, well measured oxidative notes.
White - Sparkling
1995 Henri Giraud Champagne Fût de Chêne France, Champagne
95 points
Medium gold. Mature color and nose, with nutty flavors, intermixed with bakery and lemon. Very good complexity. Fine perlage. Fully mature, drink up.
White - Sparkling
2007 Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
Nose of brioche, nutty flavors showing age, a touch oxidative. Perlage is quite wild for this producer pointing to younger age. Hmm. To be revisited.

Flight 3 - Non-Vintage Top Scorers (7 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Les Crayères France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
97 points
This blanc de noir has a very light rose hue color, showing its Pinot pedigree. Wow! Amazing nose of flowers, strawberries, bakery, vanilla and all. One of the best Champagne aromas I have witnessed and, even better, not oxidative like most high end Champagnes from Krug, Salon & Co. especially when aged. Absolutely wonderful. At an attractive price level for this quality too.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru VP France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
Expressive and complex nose of brioche, flowers, seaweed, very fragrant. This is really deep and complex. On the palate fresh and clean with a fruity touch to it. Good perlage and long finish. I really feel that this is Champage made from high quality white wine and not just (typical for the basic offerings of the big houses) yeast, bubbles and sugar added to semi-ripe Chard. Well done, Egly-Ouriet team.
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Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
95 points
Tasted during a Clos Saint Jean wine dinner with Domaine owner Vincent Maurel. Expressive nose of of white fruit, minerals with a touch of strawberry. Excellent palate with great dry extract, not to sweet but not sour, perfect balance for my palate. Very impressive especially for a non vintage Champagne.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacquesson & Fils Champagne Cuvée No. 738 France, Champagne
95 points
During a wine tasting dinner at 3-Star Michelin Restaurant Meadowood. Aromas of green apples, touch of lime. This is very fresh and above all the a subtle perlage that I like so much. Not bubbly at all on the palate but more like a refined white wine. One of the best NV Champagnes I had and definitely the best at this price point.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut France, Champagne
95 points
Another great Champagne from Ruinart. Fresh, citrus, flowers, elegant style, very drinkable, not too bubbly. good length.
White - Sparkling
N.V. De Sousa et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Réserve France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
During a Confrerie dinner. From Magnum. A very nice surprise this Champagne, never heard the name before. Expressive nose of flowers, brioche, white fruit. Nice mouthfeel, good dosage, a winner during the approach and at the table.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. André Jacquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Experience Brut Nature Mesnil France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
95 points
Tasted blind. No dosage Champagne. My favorite Champagne of the night. Very racey palate, clean and crisp, like a Ramonet Chablis or Riesling GG. Cistrus, minerals. The owner, Marie Doyard, mentioned that to produce a good non-dosage Champagne you need very high quality grapes and ripeness.

Flight 4 - Non-Vintage Champagnes (35 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
94 points
I am not a big champagne lover nor expert but I found this both refreshing and complex at the same time. Great aromatics with dry extract, not to sweet but not sour either, perfect balance for my palate. Aromas are around white fruit, minerals with a touch of strawberry. Very solid especially for a non vintage Champagne.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Grand Cru Lieux-dits Extra Brut Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Les Carelles France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
94 points
During a tasting dinner. Nose of bakery, quite a bit of yeast, bee wax, a touch oxidative. Expensive stuff, nice and complex but not so much my style. Other folks on the table liked it more.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée France, Champagne
94 points
Expressive nose of apple, dried fruit, honey and a touch of yeast and toast. Pure and crisp with wonderful perlage. Apparently this is blended from up to 120 lots from different vintages and vineyards. I guess Krug is the real stuff for real wine connoisseurs and not for the dude who orders it in a Moscow night club... sorry, team Dom Perignon. :-) 94-95
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Premier France, Champagne
94 points
During a wine diner. Medium yellow. Floral nose intermixed with almonds, acacia, apple/lemon and discrete minerality. Not very yeasty in a good way. Excellent freshness, almost a bit too sour.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Gosset Champagne Grand Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
94 points
Nose of green apple, citrus, a touch of flowers and yeast. I like this for its fruity floral nose and the pleasant palate due to the right dosage. A really nice Champagne that gets the party going but also appeals to the connoisseur.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bruno Paillard Champagne Brut Premiere Cuvée France, Champagne
93 points
Medium yellow. Nose of bee wax, nuts, flowers, some white fruit. Very nice palate with good acidity and limited dosage, this is very much in a dry white style and not sweet at all. Well balanced and elegant. Good to go with food as well.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Boucher Fils Champagne Prestige Brut France, Champagne
92 points
This is a small family grower Champagne producer. Quite an unusual label, vintage style. Very nice NV champagne with a distinctive nose of white fruit, bakery (brioche!) and some almonds. Good perlage.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut France, Champagne
92 points
Very nice yeasty nose with bakery and brioche. A bit too much dosage on the palate for my taste but this certainly gets the party going, still enough minerality and freshness in the background . Easy to like.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
92 points
Nice and yeasty with a fruity, succulent feel to it, not too dry. Aromas of white fruit, vanilla, flowers. A nice crowd pleasing Champagne in a good way. Very popular tonight with the 30 people New Year's eve dinner group.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
93 points
Nose very much in the citrus, lime and flower spectrum with the typical bakery component very much in the background. This continues on the palate where we have a fresh and crisp Champagne. Not overly complex but I quite like this fresh style.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Prelude France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
91 points
Nose of apple and white fruit intermixed with a touch of bakery. This is not overly complex but quite pleasant overall. Will sure work well with a broad audience. Average perlage, medium finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru Tradition Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
90 points
Very yeasty nose with a slight oxidative touch. That is the part I did not like about this Champagne. Other than that it showed nice aromas of white fruit with flowers.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve / La Française France, Champagne
90 points
Medium yellow. Discrete aromas of bakery, yeast, white fruit. Pleasant perlage but not as long as other champagnes in this tier.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Forget-Brimont Champagne Premier Cru Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
89 points
Delicate nose of apple, minerals and flowers. I feel this is a notch better than the standard champagne of the big houses.
White - Sparkling
N.V. G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut France, Champagne
88 points
Nose of apple, pleasant bakery, some lemon on the finish. Very bubbly on the palate giving me almost a feel of an effervescent vitamin tablet in the mouth. Not at par with the better NV Champagnes.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
88 points
Reserved nose of white fruit, a bit metallic, very little bakery. Good perlage on the palate but a bit lean. Not my cup of tea of an NV Champagne.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Forget-Brimont Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
92 points
During a Pauillac themed wine tasting dinner. Nose of flowers, strawberry, bakery with very good pinosity. Creamy and elegant on the palate. Quite bubbly. A bit too much dosage for my taste but very good NV rose overall.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Pierre Paillard Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Extra Brut Les Terres Roses France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Nose of bakery, strawberry, flowers. Good freshness, sappy.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Tendil & Lombardi Champagne Cuvée Hymenee Brut France, Champagne
93 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Expressive nose of bakery, apple, spices, citrus. Quite bubbly and fruity on the palate. Hard to dislike.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Henri Giraud Champagne Grand Cru Fût de Chêne MV09 Principaute de Mykonos France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
94 points
During a matter of taste Master Class, Grower's Champagne. Nose of oxidative notes, nuts, maggi intermixed with bakery and flowers. Restrained and elegant. Good with food.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Besserat de Bellefon Champagne Cuvée des Moines Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
94 points
Proposed by the Sommelier at Joel Robuchon. A very nice surprise. Nose of citrus, bakery, flowers. Very delicate perlage (apparently this is a lower pressure Champagne). Excellent with food. Loved it.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grande Réserve France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
94 points
I really liked this Champagne. Fresh apple, pear, touch of citrus, mineralic base. Very dood dosage-acidity interplay. Well don, this will get the party started and please a connoisseurs palate. Impressive for a base cuvee.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
95 points
Discrete bur complex aromas of apple, pear with a bit of bakery, quince. Soft perlage, good acidity, medium-long finish.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Bauget-Jouette Champagne Brut Grande Réserve France, Champagne
93 points
From Magnum. At an apero. Really liked this with its yeasty, flower and apple/lemon aromas. Also the dosage makes it pleasant.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Joseph Perrier Champagne Brut France, Champagne
92 points
Very nice floral nose with some yeast, bakery. Pleasant dosage. Easy going but solid.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Larnaudie Hirault Champagne Premier Cru Brut France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
91 points
At an apero. Decent everyday champagne with classic yeast/mineral aromatics. Solid but not very complex.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. de Venoge Champagne Princes Blanc de Blancs France, Champagne
90 points
Lovely freshness, notes of flowers, citrus and bakery. Good but not great.
White - Sparkling
N.V. André Jacquart Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Experience France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru
89 points
During a tasting dinner. Apple, a touch oxidative, brioche. Good quality by not so much my style.
White - Sparkling
N.V. André Jacquart Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Experience France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
93 points
Tasted blind. Good quality, here, yeast, apple, a touch oxidative. Good complexity
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Pommery Champagne Brut Royal France, Champagne
93 points
Served as an apero before a Conseillante/Figeac winemaker dinner. This showed very well, fresh, lots of energy, minerality and soft perlage. Lemon, green apple and a touch of brioche on the finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Bruno Paillard Champagne Extra-Brut Rosé Première Cuvée France, Champagne
94 points
Bery nice and fresh nose of flowers, brioche touch of rasperry. Good energy and lift. Paillard is always good QPR.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Michel Reybier Champagne France, Champagne
92 points
From the name I am guessing this is from the Cos d’Estournel owner. Very pleasant Champagne with brioche, flowers, yeast. Pleasant palate with good dosage balance.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Blancs La Haute-Lemblé France, Champagne
94 points
Really liked this bottle. Ripe nose with pine apple, brioche, blossom, white flowers. Sexy and aromatic palate with good freshness.
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White - Sparkling
N.V. Gosset Champagne Brut Grande Réserve France, Champagne
93 points
During a walkabout tasting. Lovely nose of white flowers with grapefruit and discrete bakery. Good QPR, so much better than the basic stuff of the large houses.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve France, Champagne
88 points
Not really a noteworthy Champagne. Very basic quality, not much complexity. Confirms that it is never a good idea to drink the base line Champagne of the large houses.
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