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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Salon Le Mesnil 1996 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €12,774.23
1996

Salon Le Mesnil 1996 (6x75cl)

Vinous (99)

The 1996 Salon is just dazzling. It needs a good bit of air to fully open up, but the 1996 Salon is simply a mesmerizing Champagne that sizzles with energy, cut and total precision. A second bottle later in the week was every bit as compelling. When the 1996 Salon is on, it is just about as great as Champagne gets.
As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €12,774.23
Bollinger RD 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,524.23
2002

Bollinger RD 2002 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

It's striking that is as fresh as it is given the ten years in the cellars. It has a fine citrus nose with plenty of lemons, grapefruit and yellow chalky notes, not to mention some lighter floral elements. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g), and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture that makes this smooth fine and long. The citrus flavors give way to the surging acidity and the finish twists very slowly through to lightly toasted cashew nuts mingled with complex fruit and citrus flavors. Disgorged October 22, 2013.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,524.23
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,454.23
2002

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is beginning to drink very well, wafting from the glass with a brilliant bouquet that mingles aromas of pear, citrus confit and dried fruits with notions of marzipan, brioche, oyster shell and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a layered and multidimensional core, considerable concentration and a long, penetrating finish. Racy and precise though the wine is, this is a somewhat broader, richer rendition of Comtes than the compelling 2008 that preceded it in this tasting, but it's hard to choose between the two in terms of quality.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 months

Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,454.23
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,482.23
2002

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2002 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson MW (19)

Disgorged October 2010. Tasted blind. Something a bit rubbery on the nose but very tense and exciting. Is this the 2008? Tense and vibrant, with lots of complexity and persistence. Impressive for its age.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 19 (JR) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,482.23
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,106.63
2002

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 2002 (6x75cl)

The Champagne Guide (99)

"(disgorged in 2012; 60% Montagne de Reims pinot noir, 40% Côte des Blancs chardonnay; 18% barrel-fermented in old oak casks; partial malolactic fermentation; 4g/L dosage)... Even at 13 years of age it upholds brilliant primary definition of icy lemon citrus, with only subtle graceful evolution of nougat and butter, promising decades of potential yet. As always, the greatness of Billecart is proclaimed not by impact or power, but by slowly rising complexity and profound chalk mineral presence. Its cascade of minerality is very fine, to the point of silkiness, yet simultaneously poised and confident. Delightful poise and intricate craftsmanship proclaim one of the great Billecarts of the modern era, a champagne with many characters and subplots to reveal, to be enjoyed slowly in the presence of the most intimate company--and ideally not for at least another decade.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 99 (CG) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,106.63
Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,806.12
2002

Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A re-release of the original 2010 disgorgement. Super fine, super fresh and super savory aromas of chalky stones with hints of flowers, white almonds, lemon peel and grapefruit. The palate has intense, mouth-filling, lemon-curd flavor. Very powerful, very concentrated and very expressive. Smooth finish that’s full of life, leaving a bright, white cherry note. Drink in 2022.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,806.12
Salon Le Mesnil 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €9,690.23
2002

Salon Le Mesnil 2002 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (100)

The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12 years, it still needs to age further. Drink from 2018.
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Champagne 6x75cl 3 100 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €9,690.23
Dom Perignon P2 2002 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,662.12
2002

Dom Perignon P2 2002 (3x75cl)

Decanter (99)

And so from P1 methuselah to P2, which for Geoffroy ‘goes beyond Champagne’. P2, he continues, must be ‘deeper, richer, longer…better than P1' - otherwise why release it? Well, they haven't yet, although it's pencilled in for later in 2019. Here we have drive, vinosity and incredible length. The sweet and savoury balance indulges with a seductive embrace. Gustav Klimt in a glass maybe. Outstanding.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,662.12
Dom Perignon 2002 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,980.23
2002

Dom Perignon 2002 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2002 Dom Pérignon is unforgettable. Rich, sumptuous and flamboyant to the core, the 2002 captures all of the radiance of a year in which ripeness in the Chardonnays was pushed to the edge. The 2002 is oily and viscous on the palate, with tremendous textural resonance in all of its dimensions. Tropical fruit, pastry and exotic floral notes all build as the 2002 opens up with air. I can still remember the first time I tasted the 2002, here in the Hautvillers cloister, with former Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. It was thrilling back then, and is every bit as memorable today.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-6 months

Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,980.23
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,722.23
2008

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

The perfect blanc de blancs. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. Totally in tune. Superb. Deep and complete. Has everything. One for the cellar. It is the greatest Comte ever. It has everything. A perfect upgrade from two years ago. Drink or hold.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,722.23
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,332.23
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,332.23
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,530.23
2008

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

The 2008 La Grande Année is another brilliant 2008 that delivers the goods. Straight-up awesome notes of stone fruits, white flowers, honeysuckle, and an incredible, liquid rock-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it develops more nuance, spice, toasted bread, and an almost Alsatian Riesling-like petrol character over the course of the evening. It’s a full-bodied, rich, powerful Champagne, yet like the top 2008s, it has brilliant precision, purity, and focus. It’s unquestionably one of the finest versions of this cuvée ever produced, although it needs another 4-5 years of bottle age to hit prime time. It should keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,530.23
Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,734.23
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is a huge, powerful Champagne and also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. This is one of the most reticent bottles I have tasted. So much so that I am thinking about holding off opening any more bottles! The 2008 has always offered a striking interplay of fruit and structure. Today, the richness of the fruit is especially evident. Readers who own the 2008 should be thrilled, but patience is a must. (Originally published in May 2021)
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,734.23
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,318.12
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,318.12
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,772.23
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,772.23
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,178.23
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,178.23
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,149.72
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 3x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,149.72
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,518.23
2012

Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (99)

The great 2012 vintage shows well in this rich, full Champagne. Dominated as usual by Pinot Noir, the wine is powerfully ripe and impressively full of white fruits and tight minerality. Ready to drink from 2022, it is worthy of aging and certainly drinkable even in 10 years time.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,518.23
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (3x150cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,860.23
2012

Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (3x150cl)

Wine Enthusiast (99)

The great 2012 vintage shows well in this rich, full Champagne. Dominated as usual by Pinot Noir, the wine is powerfully ripe and impressively full of white fruits and tight minerality. Ready to drink from 2022, it is worthy of aging and certainly drinkable even in 10 years time.
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Champagne 3x150cl 1 99 (WE) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,860.23
Dom Perignon 2012 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,476.23
2012

Dom Perignon 2012 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (lime, tangerine and kumquat) joined by those of fresh fruit, herbs, liquorice, and menthol. There is even a refreshing note of ivy. The palate is tense, vibrant, and very fresh despite its impressive density, which meets its match with an unending finish. This 2012 incarnates the very essence of Dom Pérignon with such a concentrated degree of intensity, along with a capacity for ageing, that it is surely destined for a second life in a P2 edition.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,476.23
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)
Inc. TAX: €8,876.30
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 1x600cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €8,876.30
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Salon Le Mesnil 1996 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €10,625.00
1996

Salon Le Mesnil 1996 (6x75cl)

Vinous (99)

The 1996 Salon is just dazzling. It needs a good bit of air to fully open up, but the 1996 Salon is simply a mesmerizing Champagne that sizzles with energy, cut and total precision. A second bottle later in the week was every bit as compelling. When the 1996 Salon is on, it is just about as great as Champagne gets.
As per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €10,625.00
Bollinger RD 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,250.00
2002

Bollinger RD 2002 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (99)

It's striking that is as fresh as it is given the ten years in the cellars. It has a fine citrus nose with plenty of lemons, grapefruit and yellow chalky notes, not to mention some lighter floral elements. The palate is super dry (dosage at 3-4g), and there's a silky, sherbet-like texture that makes this smooth fine and long. The citrus flavors give way to the surging acidity and the finish twists very slowly through to lightly toasted cashew nuts mingled with complex fruit and citrus flavors. Disgorged October 22, 2013.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,250.00
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €2,025.00
2002

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2002 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (98)

The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne is beginning to drink very well, wafting from the glass with a brilliant bouquet that mingles aromas of pear, citrus confit and dried fruits with notions of marzipan, brioche, oyster shell and smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and textural, with a layered and multidimensional core, considerable concentration and a long, penetrating finish. Racy and precise though the wine is, this is a somewhat broader, richer rendition of Comtes than the compelling 2008 that preceded it in this tasting, but it's hard to choose between the two in terms of quality.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 months

Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,025.00
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,215.00
2002

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2002 (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson MW (19)

Disgorged October 2010. Tasted blind. Something a bit rubbery on the nose but very tense and exciting. Is this the 2008? Tense and vibrant, with lots of complexity and persistence. Impressive for its age.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 19 (JR) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,215.00
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €902.00
2002

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 2002 (6x75cl)

The Champagne Guide (99)

"(disgorged in 2012; 60% Montagne de Reims pinot noir, 40% Côte des Blancs chardonnay; 18% barrel-fermented in old oak casks; partial malolactic fermentation; 4g/L dosage)... Even at 13 years of age it upholds brilliant primary definition of icy lemon citrus, with only subtle graceful evolution of nougat and butter, promising decades of potential yet. As always, the greatness of Billecart is proclaimed not by impact or power, but by slowly rising complexity and profound chalk mineral presence. Its cascade of minerality is very fine, to the point of silkiness, yet simultaneously poised and confident. Delightful poise and intricate craftsmanship proclaim one of the great Billecarts of the modern era, a champagne with many characters and subplots to reveal, to be enjoyed slowly in the presence of the most intimate company--and ideally not for at least another decade.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 99 (CG) Read Review/Description In Bond: €902.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,495.00
2002

Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 (3x75cl)

James Suckling (98)

A re-release of the original 2010 disgorgement. Super fine, super fresh and super savory aromas of chalky stones with hints of flowers, white almonds, lemon peel and grapefruit. The palate has intense, mouth-filling, lemon-curd flavor. Very powerful, very concentrated and very expressive. Smooth finish that’s full of life, leaving a bright, white cherry note. Drink in 2022.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,495.00
Salon Le Mesnil 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €8,055.00
2002

Salon Le Mesnil 2002 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (100)

The 35th and most recent vintage of Salon since the house was founded in 1905 is memorable and magnificent. Made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, it combines intense minerality, a crisp textured core and the beginnings of maturity. The depths of this wine, with its layers of fruit and steeliness, are superb. Even after 12 years, it still needs to age further. Drink from 2018.
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Champagne 6x75cl 3 100 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: €8,055.00
Dom Perignon P2 2002 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €1,375.00
2002

Dom Perignon P2 2002 (3x75cl)

Decanter (99)

And so from P1 methuselah to P2, which for Geoffroy ‘goes beyond Champagne’. P2, he continues, must be ‘deeper, richer, longer…better than P1' - otherwise why release it? Well, they haven't yet, although it's pencilled in for later in 2019. Here we have drive, vinosity and incredible length. The sweet and savoury balance indulges with a seductive embrace. Gustav Klimt in a glass maybe. Outstanding.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 99 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,375.00
Dom Perignon 2002 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,630.00
2002

Dom Perignon 2002 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2002 Dom Pérignon is unforgettable. Rich, sumptuous and flamboyant to the core, the 2002 captures all of the radiance of a year in which ripeness in the Chardonnays was pushed to the edge. The 2002 is oily and viscous on the palate, with tremendous textural resonance in all of its dimensions. Tropical fruit, pastry and exotic floral notes all build as the 2002 opens up with air. I can still remember the first time I tasted the 2002, here in the Hautvillers cloister, with former Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. It was thrilling back then, and is every bit as memorable today.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-6 months

Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,630.00
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,415.00
2008

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

The perfect blanc de blancs. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. Totally in tune. Superb. Deep and complete. Has everything. One for the cellar. It is the greatest Comte ever. It has everything. A perfect upgrade from two years ago. Drink or hold.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,415.00
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,090.00
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,090.00
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,255.00
2008

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

The 2008 La Grande Année is another brilliant 2008 that delivers the goods. Straight-up awesome notes of stone fruits, white flowers, honeysuckle, and an incredible, liquid rock-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it develops more nuance, spice, toasted bread, and an almost Alsatian Riesling-like petrol character over the course of the evening. It’s a full-bodied, rich, powerful Champagne, yet like the top 2008s, it has brilliant precision, purity, and focus. It’s unquestionably one of the finest versions of this cuvée ever produced, although it needs another 4-5 years of bottle age to hit prime time. It should keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,255.00
Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,425.00
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is a huge, powerful Champagne and also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. This is one of the most reticent bottles I have tasted. So much so that I am thinking about holding off opening any more bottles! The 2008 has always offered a striking interplay of fruit and structure. Today, the richness of the fruit is especially evident. Readers who own the 2008 should be thrilled, but patience is a must. (Originally published in May 2021)
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,425.00
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €2,755.00
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,755.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €2,290.00
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,290.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,795.00
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,795.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)
In Bond: €948.00
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (3x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
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Champagne 3x75cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €948.00
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,245.00
2012

Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (6x75cl)

Wine Enthusiast (99)

The great 2012 vintage shows well in this rich, full Champagne. Dominated as usual by Pinot Noir, the wine is powerfully ripe and impressively full of white fruits and tight minerality. Ready to drink from 2022, it is worthy of aging and certainly drinkable even in 10 years time.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,245.00
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (3x150cl)
In Bond: €1,530.00
2012

Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2012 (3x150cl)

Wine Enthusiast (99)

The great 2012 vintage shows well in this rich, full Champagne. Dominated as usual by Pinot Noir, the wine is powerfully ripe and impressively full of white fruits and tight minerality. Ready to drink from 2022, it is worthy of aging and certainly drinkable even in 10 years time.
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Champagne 3x150cl 1 99 (WE) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,530.00
Dom Perignon 2012 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,210.00
2012

Dom Perignon 2012 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (lime, tangerine and kumquat) joined by those of fresh fruit, herbs, liquorice, and menthol. There is even a refreshing note of ivy. The palate is tense, vibrant, and very fresh despite its impressive density, which meets its match with an unending finish. This 2012 incarnates the very essence of Dom Pérignon with such a concentrated degree of intensity, along with a capacity for ageing, that it is surely destined for a second life in a P2 edition.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,210.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)
In Bond: €7,370.00
2012

Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 (1x600cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2012 Cristal is another absolutely stellar wine this flight of recent releases. Rich, vinous and beautifully textured, the 2012 has been nothing short of magnificent on the three occasions I have tasted it so far. In the glass, the 2012 is radiant and luscious, yet it possesses remarkable transparency and striking aromatic depth. Light tropical notes develop in the glass, giving the 2012 a real feeling of exotic beauty. The 2012 is the first vintage of Cristal done with 100% organically-farmed fruit, an approach introduced gradually starting with the 2007 that has profoundly changes Cristal, especially in its aromatic breadth. Two thousand twelve is the vintage where endless trials and experiments in farming and winemaking are fully realized. The 2012 is just stunning. It’s as simple as that. Dosage is just over 7 grams per liter, the lowest it has even been for Cristal.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 1x600cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: €7,370.00

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