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Champagne Lamiable Cuvee Les Heliades 2009 750ml

Rated 92 - Light yellow. Intense, mineral-laced pear and nectarine aromas show the ripeness of the vintage, lifted and sharpened by a gingery...
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Chateau Frank Blanc De Noir 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Blanc de Noirs "Chateau Frank" is Pinot Noir aged on the lees for about five years (this bottle was disgorged in June 2015--not...
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La Valle Franciacorta Extra Brut Naturalis 2009 750ml

Rated 91 - The 2009 Franciacorta Millesimato Naturalis Extra Brut offers a clean approach with a long succession of citrus, white peach, almond and...

2009 Champagne Blend

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.