Champagne

<p>Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of the wine to effect carbonation. It is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name. </p>
<p>The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Through international treaty, national law or quality-control/consumer protection related local regulations, most countries limit the use of the term to only those wines that come from the Champagne appellation. In Europe, this principle is enshrined in the European Union by Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status. Other countries, such as the United States, have recognized the exclusive nature of this name, yet maintain a legal structure that allows certain domestic producers of sparkling wine to continue to use the term &quot;champagne&quot; under limited circumstances. The majority of US-produced sparkling wines do not use the term &quot;champagne&quot; on their labels and some states, such as Oregon, ban producers in their states from using the term as it can be confusing to consumers.</p>
<p>Champagne first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings. Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power in the 17th, 18th and 19th century. The leading manufacturers devoted considerable energy to creating a history and identity for their wine, associating it and themselves with nobility and royalty. Through advertising and packaging they sought to associate Champagne with high luxury, festivities, and rites of passage. Their efforts coincided with the emergence of a middle class that was looking for ways to spend its money on symbols of upward mobility.</p>

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru, Cuvee l'Ancienne, Millesime 2011

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru, Cuvee l'Ancienne, NV

The most remarkable Champagne from the Grand Cru Area.

Nothing in Ambonnay is better than this wine.

The Cuvee is done in the ancient style.

The bottle cork is tied with string and sealed with wax in the style of Louie the IV.

Truly Exceptional

$135.00
Price: $135.00

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc, NV

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc, NV

$110.00
Price: $110.00

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru Brut, NV Mathusalem, 6 Liters

Paul Dethune, Grand Cru Brut, NV Mathusalem, 6 Liters

$915.00
Price: $915.00

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Cuvee 864, NV

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Cuvee 864, NV

Wafflart's highest rated Cuvee.

Served in the finest Michelin Stared restaurants in Europe.

In early tastings, 8 barrels are hand selected and being the best showing varietals. Later the selection is reduced to 6 barrels. Then before blending, only 6 barrels are selected.

Do not serve too cold and let stand or even decant for a few minutes. VERY complex and ethereal.

Only 5 cases available in the U. S.

$123.00
Price: $123.00

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Cuvee Prestige, NV

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Cuvee Prestige, NV

$70.00
Price: $70.00

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Brut Rose, NV

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Brut Rose, NV

$60.00
Price: $60.00

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Blanc de Blanc, NV

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Blanc de Blanc, NV

$64.00
Price: $64.00

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Brut Tradition, NV

Wafflart-Antoniolli Champagne, 1er Cru, Brut Tradition, NV

This outstanding Champagne is both a Brut Tradition and a Blanc du Noir being 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Pinot Noir.

Exceptional with food.

$55.00
Price: $55.00

John Charles Ricciuti Champagne, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV

John Charles Ricciuti Champagne, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV

The story is long and touching. This is the short version is:

John Charles' Grandfather (an American immigrant from Italy) was in the trenches of the Marne, near Avenay-Val-d'Or in 1917 and met and married a French woman from the area. They moved back to the U.S.and had a son, Albert

$58.00
Price: $58.00

Dumenil Champagne, 1er Cru, "Amour de Cuvee" Blanc de Noir, NV

Dumenil Champagne, 1er Cru, "Amour de Cuvee" Blanc de Noir, NV

A VERY complex wine. Old vines. Very remarkable wine.

We are the only importer of this very exclusive producer.

Very Limited.

$80.00
Price: $80.00

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