Pierre Péters, Champagne, Cuvée de Réserve, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, $60
A pale gold mouthcoating wine with tiny bubbles, rich texture and aromas of almonds and quince.
P. Gimonnet et Fils, Champagne Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, NV, $51
Old-vine chardonnay yields a finely calibrated wine with aromas of honeysuckle, citrus and stone fruit, lovely minerality and a clean finish.
Larmandier-Bernier, Terre de Vertus, Premier Cru Champagne, NV, $68
A honeyed nose and gentle mousse lend a touch of grace to this pensive mineral driven Champagne.
Taittinger, Comtes de Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, 2006, $150
A standout vintage for its combination of concentration and freshness. This Champagne is soft on the palate with complex notes of stone fruits and roasted almonds that persist through the finish.
Pascal Doquet, Horizon, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, NV, $58
Floral and harmonious with beautiful clarity and a mineral core.
J.L. Vergnon Brut Grand Cru Conversation Blanc de Blancs, $48
Expressive and naturally ripe, this wine shows notes of marzipan and baked apples.
Duval Leroy, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, 2006, $114
A delicious full-bodied wine with abundant vitality and a bouquet of honeysuckle and roasted hazelnuts.
Georges Laval, Cumieres Premier Cru, Brut Nature, Champagne, NV, $88
George Laval has been making biodynamic non-interventionist Champagne since 1971. This characterful wine, with a predominantly chardonnay base, is broad and textured on the palate with a long pleasing finish.
Diebolt-Vallois, Blanc de Blancs, Cramant, NV, $51
A rich mouthwatering wine marked by ripe fruit and a chalky backbone.
Pascal Doquet, Grand Cru, Le Mesnil Sur Oger, 2002, $101
Lacy floral aromas, depth and minerality evocative of a fine Meursault, along with an elegant mousse, make this noteworthy Champagne worth seeking out.
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