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Beginning to show its age, this wine reveals a cherry, sherry-laced cream element that combines with lime-led citrus to form its core. Upon opening, aromas are reticent and the Champagne almost seems boring, but with some air in the glass it finds itself nicely. This is especially apparent on the long, creamy, mouth-coating finish.

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Oh wow, this is a winner - as close to a dead-ringer for 1995 Dom Perignon as you can find. Cream of wheat, honey, and clean linen draw you in on the nose, while smoothened, almost chewy citrus mixes with honeyed mushroom and zesty, spiced herbs on the palate. This is a spectacular wine that you should most definitely try to track down - divine.

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The palate is extremely powerful here, with an explosion of citrus and minerality. Similar to other 1996s, the rest of the wine doesn't quite match its hyperactive acidity; it tastes of drying citrus, cherry biscuit, and exhibits sherry notes that are in complete opposition to its young, acidic core. Time to aerate and increase in temperature definitely helps a glass out, but the wine acts a bit too mature for its age and at times seems to be sparring within itself.

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A bit one-dimensional, this wine offers dry biscuits and intense acidity. There is a good citrus core, but the palate is thin and lacks a juicy, zesty, or bright element. With warmth, some toasty apples improve the experience some, but, overall, this wine is harsher than I would like.

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Here we have a non-dosage example of pure Villers-Marmery Chardonnay. Drinking very well right now, this cuvèe delivers bright orange and toasty minerals with a kiss of sweet honey blossom on the finish. This example showcases the 1999 vintage very well, given its sunny personality and inherent simplicity. This is not a wine in which to look for depth or complexity, but one to happily consume on the deck on a summer afternoon.

Champagne Warrior

Special Web Sample Edition - October 2010

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