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Bollinger Champagne La Grande Annee 2005 1.5Ltr

Rated 94 - A powerful, structured and graceful 2005, showing deft integration of the rich, chalky underpinning, firm acidity and expansive flavors...
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Bollinger Champagne La Grande Annee 2005 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2005 is an impressively fresh Champagne that has an array of grilled nuts, nougat and chalky minerals ahead of red apple, lemon and...
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Bollinger Champagne La Grande Annee Rose 2005 750ml

Rated 90 - A pretty, delicate wine, the 2005 Brut Rosé La Grande Année is also a bit more intriguing than the Grande Année, as it has more...
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Champagne Ayala Blanc De Blancs 2005 750ml

Rated 93 - Tightly knit, this is more about the fine, chinalike structure today, but nonetheless offers a pretty note of honeysuckle wafting...
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Coutier Brut Millesime 2005 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2005 Brut Grand Cru is quite pretty and focused. Pear, spice, hazelnut and dried flowers all meld together in a very pretty, nuanced...
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Taittinger Champagne Brut Millesime 2005 750ml

Rated 93 - The 2005 Brut Millesime captures the essence of the vintage. Radiant, expressive and totally caressing, the 2005 offers up dried pears,...

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The beautiful rolling hillsides of the Champagne region of France have, for hundreds of years, been producing many of the world's most famous wines. The sparkling white wines to come out of Champagne's prestigious wineries have conquered the world, and are drank in celebration across the globe. The vast majority of the region is under vine, and grows predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals, which are usually blended together by master wine-makers in order to make their recognizable and widely loved produce. The north-easterly region of Champagne has a relatively cool climate, and quite a lot of rainfall, making it far from ideal for ripening grapes. However, the presence of heavily forested areas in the region helps maintain a balanced temperature, and the generations of expertise the wineries hold clearly produces excellent results in spite of the climatic problems.
The sparkling wines of Champagne have been revered by wine drinkers for hundreds of years, and even today they maintain their reputation for excellence of flavor and character, and are consistently associated with quality, decadence, and a cause for celebration. Their unique characteristics are partly due to the careful blending of a small number of selected grape varietals, most commonly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These grapes, blended in fairly equal quantities, give the wines of Champagne their wonderful flavors and aromas, with the Pinot Noir offering length and backbone, and the Chardonnay varietal giving its acidity and dry, biscuity nature. It isn't unusual to sometimes see Champagne labeled as 'blanc de blanc', meaning it is made using only Chardonnay varietal grapes, or 'blanc de noir', which is made solely with Pinot Noir.