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Salon Champagne 1996

Salon Champagne 1996

Salon is one of the great names in Champagne for very good reason. It is made only in great vintages (the decade of the eighties only produced
'82,'83,'85 and '88 ) with the emphasis in the production of this exceptional wine being on the singular. Made by one man, Aime Salon;
from grapes from one village, the grand cru of Mesnil ( in the Cotes de Blancs) This village grows the most sought after Chardonnay in
Champagne. Half of the vineyards that make the wine are owned by Salon outright, and the other half come from farmers that Salon has been
working with for generations.

The vines average 40 years of age. Salon
suppresses malolactic fermentation for maximum freshness and longevity-an iconoclastic move for a Cote de Blanc producer.
This is the quintissential blanc de blancs champagne and the 1996 will cellar for twenty to thirty years...Blanc de blancs champagnes
particularly Salon with no malo benefit from age.

Extraordinary lemon curd, laser like persistence, deeply layered with extraordinary complexity but this wine is a baby and needs time! 97
points Wine Enthusiast: "From the same 20 parcels in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger as the house has used since its founding in 1921, this is the latest
release from Salon. It explodes in the mouth with mineral, steel and flint. The tiny mousse has flavors of yeast with a touch of toast. It is
rich, but also austere and structured. Like many Salon Champagnes, this will age for 20 years or more."

The Salon 1996 has been touted as the
greatest vintage since the legendary 1928.
Limited stock.

Price: $699.00

Monmousseau Brut Etoile NV

Monmousseau Brut Etoile NV

This fine French bubbly from the Loire is back and quality is as good as ever .... (70% chenin blanc also sometimes referred to as pineau de la Loire, 30% chardonnay) Lovely concentrated green apple and citrusy freshness. 18 months on lees imparts a touch of bready yeasty complexity. Can’t beat this "method traditionelle" french bubbly for quality and value. Also available in a straight dozen buy at $186 ie $15.50 RRP$23

Price: $16.50

Delamotte Brut NV - LIMITED

Delamotte Brut NV - LIMITED

In 1988 this Champagne house (founded in 1760 and located in the heart of the Cote des Blancs in Mesnil-sur-Oger) joined forces with the famous Champagne Salon - synonymous with the most prestigious single vineyard blanc de blanc (100% chardonnay) vintage champagne.

Basically in the yrs Salon is not produced, the grapes go into Delamotte, so extraordinary quality and value. Chardonnay dominant champagne, 100% Grand Crus from the 3 villages of Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Avize and Oger…..Cuvee comprises 50% chardonnay 30% pinot noir 20% Pinot Meunier. 36 mths on lees. Layers of apple and citrus fruit flavour, freshly baked brioche…fine, long and utterly delicious. NV Champagne does not get any better…. 95 pts Huon Hooke.
RRP: $100

Price: $64.99

Delamotte Blanc de Blanc 99 - LIMITED.

Delamotte Blanc de Blanc 99 - LIMITED.

In 1988 this Champagne house (founded in 1760 and located in the heart of the Cote des Blancs in Mesnil-sur-Oger) joined forces with the famous Champagne Salon - synonymous with the most prestigous single vineyard blanc de blanc (100% chardonnay) vintage champagne.

100% grand cru including le Mesnil - classic blanc de blancs ( baby Salon - made by same house from similar quality fruit ) 5 years on yeast lees. Extraordinarily complex, long and fine. Great vintage and will cellar. During my visit to Delamotte and Salon in Jan last year, this was my favourite champagne of the lineup including its more exclusive sibling, Champagne Salon 97 at 4 times the price! Be quick and treat yourself your friends and family!
RRP $175

Price: $149.00

Larmandier Bernier Latitude Brut Tradition NV **SPECIAL 6 PACK PRICE **

Larmandier Bernier Latitude Brut Tradition NV **SPECIAL 6 PACK PRICE **

“Once again I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Larmandier-Bernier… some of the purest and most exquisite wines…. Simply put, I can’t recommend the wines highly enough.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Champagne producers Pierre & Sophie Larmandier are passionate craftsmen – they do everything they possibly can in the vineyard to ensure their base wines are top shelf….All their vineyards are biodynamic (rare in Champagne) with an average vine age of 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are replanted at 25 years). Yields are extraordinarily low by Champagne standards (50 hl/ha on average), “minimalist” approach with natural wild yeasts, long, slow fermentation,minimal sulphur, unfined and unfiltered. Larmandier champagnes are all extra brut (dry) to showcase the extraordinary purity of their fruit. They are fine and delicate, yet with a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Superb with food!

Larmandier use very low dosage levels so as to maximise the expression of the vineyard, commune and vintage. The resulting wines are wonderful expressions of their origins; fine and delicate, yet with a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Great with food!

Latitude was formerly known as Brut Tradition - fruit comes from vineyards in the southern side of Vertus at roughly the same latitude- which hints at the breadth of texture that these vineyards offer up. Pierre dispensed with the Pinot noir because he felt it distracted from what the terroir wanted to say. Expect same style of wine (same vineyards used) yet more finesse and clarity. A blend of 100 per cent Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (This inaugural release of Latitude comprises premier cru fruit predominantly 2009 vintage with reserve wines form 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2004 comprising one-third of the blend). It has less than 4gm dosage so this Brut is also an extra brut! As well crafted as ever, this really is exquisite champagne with a touch more pristine citrus energy running through succulent and creamy textured core. Do not miss out here
RRP $105

* AVAILABLE AS A 6-PACK AT THE SPECIAL PRICE - $420 ... only $70 a bottle!

Price: $420.00

Larmandier Bernier Latitude Brut Tradition NV

Larmandier Bernier Latitude Brut Tradition NV

“Once again I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Larmandier-Bernier… some of the purest and most exquisite wines…. Simply put, I can’t recommend the wines highly enough.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Pierre Lamandier’s biodynamic vineyard (almost unheard of in Champagne) with an average vine age 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are considered ‘old’ and due for replanting at 25 years). Low yields ( 50 hl/ha on average), “minimalist” approach with indigenous yeasts, long, slow ferments ( including variety of large oak vats and even barriques) and minimal sulphur.

Champagne producers Pierre & Sophie Larmandier are passionate craftsmen – they do everything they possibly can in the vineyard to ensure their base wines are top shelf….All their vineyards are biodynamic (rare in Champagne) with an average vine age of 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are replanted at 25 years). Yields are extraordinarily low by Champagne standards (50 hl/ha on average), “minimalist” approach with natural wild yeasts, long, slow fermentation and minimal sulphur. Larmandier champagnes are all extra brut (dry) to showcase the extraordinary purity of their fruit. They are fine and delicate, yet with a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Superb with food!

A blend of 80 per cent Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and 20 per cent Pinot Noir
(All premier cru fruit predominantly 2007 vintage with one-third reserve wines). It has less than 4gm dosage so this Brut is also an extra brut! A full, rich wine with a lovely creamy texture and a striking earthy lick to close. This is Larmandier’s ode to the traditional, house styles.


Price: $74.99

Larmandier Bernier Blanc De Blancs NV- CLEARANCE PRICE!

Larmandier Bernier Blanc De Blancs NV- CLEARANCE PRICE!

"Once again I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Larmandier-Bernier… some of the purest and most exquisite wines…..Simply put, I can't recommend the wines highly enough." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

Champagne producers Pierre & Sophie Larmandier are passionate craftsmen – they do everything they possibly can in the vineyard to ensure their base wines are top shelf….All their vineyards are biodynamic (rare in Champagne) with an average vine age of 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are replanted at 25 years). Yields are extraordinarily low by Champagne standards (50 hl/ha on average), “minimalist” approach with natural wild yeasts, long, slow fermentation and minimal sulphur. Larmandier champagnes are all extra brut (dry) to showcase the extraordinary purity of their fruit. They are fine and delicate, yet with a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Superb with food!

This is 100% Chardonnay (Grands Crus fruit sourced from Cramant and Premier Cru from Vertus- all top notch fruit) is a classic aperitif style ... "...is elegance personified. Smoke, minerals, chalk and pears emerge as this generous yet subtle wine opens up in the glass. Sweet floral notes develop with air, but minerality is this wine's calling card, particularly on the finish, which is incredibly elegant and refined. Simply put, this is gorgeous juice." Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.

Treat yourself to this fine champagne . RRP $110 a bottle

Price: $71.99

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Larmandier Bernier Longitude NV - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Larmandier Bernier Longitude NV - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Champagne producers Pierre & Sophie Larmandier are passionate craftsmen – they do everything they possibly can in the vineyard to ensure their base wines are top shelf….All their vineyards are biodynamic (rare in Champagne) with an average vine age of 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are replanted at 25 years). Yields are extraordinarily low by Champagne standards (50 hl/ha on average), “minimalist” approach with natural wild yeasts, long, slow fermentation and minimal sulphur. Larmandier champagnes are all extra brut (dry) to showcase the extraordinary purity of their fruit. They are fine and delicate, yet with a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Superb with food!

"Once again I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Larmandier-Bernier… some of the purest and most exquisite wines…..Simply put, I can't recommend the wines highly enough." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate.

This is 100% Chardonnay (Grands Crus fruit sourced from Cramant and Premier Cru from Vertus- all top notch fruit) is a classic aperitif style ... "...is elegance personified. Smoke, minerals, chalk and pears emerge as this generous yet subtle wine opens up in the glass. Sweet floral notes develop with air, but minerality is this wine's calling card, particularly on the finish, which is incredibly elegant and refined. Simply put, this is gorgeous juice." Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.

Treat yourself to a case of this.

RRP $110 .... Only $70 a bottle when you buy as a straight 6 pack.

Price: $420.00

Jacquesson Cuvee 735

Jacquesson Cuvee 735

Recent visit to Jacquesson house in Champagne and tasting with Jean-Herve Chiquet confirmed the extraordinary calibre of this wine….. Jacquesson is the oldest independent family owned champagne house and was Napoleon's favourite house.

The family is deeply wedded to concept of terroir including organic practices in the vineyard…Gorgeous depth, elegance and finesse here.

A chardonnay dominant style (47% chardonnay, 33% pinot Noir and 20% meunier- predominantly from the 2007 vintage comprising all the single vineyard prestige cuvee fruit from Champ Cain, Vauzelle Terme & Corne Bautray that was declassified) exclusively from grand and premier cru vineyards, base wines were fermented in old oak casks on lees. They champion quality ahead of champenoise obsession with similarity and consistency-they replaced the all important non vintage wine with a numbered cuvee. Their vineyards are in Grand Cru villages of Ay, Avize and Oiry and premier Cru of Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Ay. Even Paul Krug cut his teeth at Jacquesson before relocating to start his own show later in Reims.

Jacquesson has been awarded 3 stars (the best and maximum ranking!) in Le Classement by La Revue du Vin de France. Le Classement is a ranking of the 1300 best domaines in France and only 56 domaines in France have 3 star status. Jacquesson together with Krug, Salon and 3 other champagne producers were awarded the 3 star status…

The concentration of this wine puts this up there with the best 700 series release to date.

This is the sublime champagne.. RRP: $ 95

Price: $69.99

Gosset Grand Reserve MV - 6 PACK SPECIAL BUY!

Gosset Grand Reserve MV - 6 PACK SPECIAL BUY!

Founded by Pierre Gosset in 1584 in Ay ( the heart of Champagne near Bollinger) and is the oldest Champagne House and yet the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producer making approx 50,000 cases a year. Today it is owned by the Cointreau family who are very much handson to ensure handcrafted quality continues! Quality is this prime focus and the signature house style is about finesse /freshness and quality: sourcing only grand and premier cru fruit from 60 growers ( for complexity) : first pressing juice (finesse) and base wines fermented in old oak barrels ( more depth and complexity); no malolactic fermentation (heightened acidity and age-worthiness) and extended lees ageing ( complexity). No doubt about it for champagne afficianados around the world ( me included!) Gosset is the ultimate in luxury champagne.

This was handsdown my favourite Champagne of a recent Gosset tasting (preferred it over their vintage wines!)… A blend of 43% chardonnay, 42% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages followed by four to five years on lees. Intense stone fruit, citrus, floral characters with extraordinarily depth and complexity of french patissier, roasted nuts and hints of charcuterie.
Astonishing elegance, length and balance here.

Awarded “ Wine of the Year” from Guide Hachette 2010 which resulted in huge celebration and many corks popping! To give you an idea of magnitude of the achievement , this wine was selected from 36,000 wines tasted including 2000 champagnes! Buy this extraordinary champagne – extraordinary quality for the price!
RRP$120
* $70 when you buy as a 6 Pack!*

Price: $420.00

Krug Grand Cuvee MV

Krug Grand Cuvee MV

"Krug Grande Cuvée is as a symphony, a composition where the instruments all play together, complementing each other in total harmony." -Henri Krug.

97 points, James Halliday " ...the wine is as imperiously complex, rich and mouthfilling as ever, a blend of more than 100 parcels of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier spanning eight to 10 vintages that spends six years on lees prior to disgorgement. It has a fascinating squeaky acidity that is a chord providing the ultimate harmony and balance of a truly superb wine."

"I’ve always loved the bold, oxidative, exotically spiced style of Krug’s "multi-vintage" entry level superstar. The nose alone is worth savouring with its mouth-wateringly fresh baked apple pie and marzipan scents. The palate is rich, full-flavoured and very crisp with a wonderful combination of brioche, stone fruit and mineral flavours providing layers of complexity. Very well balanced and ready to drink though with enough concentration to cellar for another decade or so. Very long finish." 94 Points, The Wine Advocate

Our price $285.00

Price: $285.00

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Millesime 2004 - LIMITED

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Millesime 2004 - LIMITED

“Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety ... These are among the most pure, unmanipulated Champagnes readers will come across, and the estate’s new releases are all highly recommended.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
This is 70 per cent Pinot Noir, 30 per cent Chardonnay from 40-year-old vines in Ambonnay, aged completely in barrel, no malo and virtually no dosage. Francois notes that his ’04 is, “A beautiful vintage with great complexity and lots of fruit”. Super intense, super pure, long and youthful. This is simply a great, great Champagne from a great vintage. A wine of profound depth and intensity that will age and age.
RRP $285.

Price: $219.00

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose - LAST BOTTLES!

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Rose - LAST BOTTLES!

“This range from Francis Egly is one of the most impressive I tasted… I always look forward to drinking the wines of Egly-Ouriet and I can’t recommend these Champagnes highly enough.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“Few producers can equal Francis Egly in skill and experience, and larger houses cannot hope to emulate the cultivation norms…”
Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, The World's Greatest Wines.

“Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety. ... These are among the most pure, unmanipulated Champagnes readers will come across, and the estate’s new releases are all highly recommended.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.


48 months on lees, It should be enough to state that Anselme Selosse buys his Pinot Noir from Francis Egly in order to produce the Selosse Rosé. The same principles of vinification apply as to all Egly’s wines. The blend is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. 60% comes from 2006 with 40% vins de reserve including 10% Coteaux Champenois Rouge 2005. Dosage is again a negligible 2 grams per litre. It’s a stunning wine with lifted aromatics of ripe red fruits and smoke. In the mouth it is fine yet incredibly intense, with a long, earthy finish. So unbelievably pure and refined it is incomparable to any other Rosé we know.

“The NV Brut Rose Grand Cru is made from vineyards in Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzy. This is another totally convincing wine from Egly-Ouriet, not to mention one of the strongest wines in the line-up. The Rose Grand Cru captivates for its gorgeous, fragrant fruit and silky, refined finish. It is a jewel of a wine. The Rose Grand Cru spent 48 months on its lees and was disgorged in July, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.” 93 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate # 192 Dec, 2010.
RRP $185

Price: $139.99

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV

Egly-Ouriet has been awarded 3 stars :The highest rating in Le Classement by La Revue du Vin de France. Le Classement is a ranking of the 1300 best domaines in France and only 56 domaines in France have 3 star status. Only 5 champagne houses have 3 star status including Egly- Ouriet together with Krug, Salon, Jacquesson and Selosse.

If there is a champagne you need to taste before you die it is this! ... perhaps the best introduction to the wines of Francis Egly – this is a wine that does not require any bottle age. It is stunning right now! This is all about Grand Cru, low yield Pinot Noir. Natural fermentation with wild yeasts only. The first period of the élevage lasts almost one year, with the wine remaining on its fine lees. The composition comprises 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay - 50% from the GREAT 2008 vintage with the remainder reserve wines from 2007 (30 per cent) and 2006 (20 per cent). The wines clarify slowly, as was once typical across the region and there is no fining nor filtration. At least 50 per cent of the wine is fermented in oak casks and dosage is around 3g/l. This is the wine that sells out very quickly because demand always outstrips supply.
RRP: $150

“This range from Francis Egly is one of the most impressive I tasted… I always look forward to drinking the wines of Egly-Ouriet and I can’t recommend these Champagnes highly enough.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“Few producers can equal Francis Egly in skill and experience, and larger houses cannot hope to emulate the cultivation norms…”
Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve, The World's Greatest Wines.

“Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety. ... These are among the most pure, unmanipulated Champagnes readers will come across, and the estate’s new releases are all highly recommended.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“From top to bottom these wines impress for their inimitable class. A non-interventionalist approach in the vineyards and cellar, old-vine parcels in top vineyards and long lees-aging are some of the qualities that define these sublime Champagnes.”
Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 192 Dec, 2010.

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV More Details
“The NV Brut Tradition Grand Cru possesses gorgeous warmth and openness in a radiant, broad-shouldered style that is impossible to resist. Deep and textured through to the finish, the Tradition Grand Cru combines richness and minerality with notable finesse. Spice and smoke nuances add complexity on the dazzling finish. The Brut Tradition Grand Cru spent 36 months on its lees prior to being disgorged in July, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.” 92 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate # 192 Dec, 2010.

Price: $106.99

Gosset Brut Excellence

Gosset Brut Excellence

Founded by Pierre Gosset in 1584 in Ay (the heart of Champagne near Bollinger) and is the oldest Champagne House and yet the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producer ... Today it is owned by the Cointreau family who are very much hands on to ensure handcrafted quality continues! Quality is this prime focus and the signature house style is about finesse /freshness and quality: sourcing only grand and premier cru fruit from 60 growers ( for complexity) : first pressing juice (finesse) and base wines fermented in old oak barrels ( more depth and complexity); no malolactic fermentation (heightened acidity and age-worthiness) and extended lees ageing ( complexity). No doubt about it for champagne afficianados around the world ( me included!) Gosset is the ultimate in luxury champagne.

36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier. Base wines fermented and matured in stainless steel, 3 years on lees.
Beautifully fresh and vibrant, strawberry/red fruits (thanks to high Pinot content) citrus , creamy mouth-feel, lovely complexity and superb balance. Up there with the best bottlings of Brut Excellence that we have seen.
RRP: $100

Price: $58.99

Jacquesson 1996 - VERY LIMITED

Jacquesson 1996 - VERY LIMITED

A recent visit to Jacquesson house in Champagne and tasting with Jean-Herve Chiquet confirmed the extraordinary calibre of this wine….. Jacquesson is the oldest independent family owned champagne house and was Napoleon's favourite house.

The family is deeply wedded to the concept of terroir including organic practices in the vineyard … Incredible depth, elegance and finesse here. This vintage champagne comprises pinot noir from Grand Cru, Montagne de Reims (31%) and Ay & Dizy (26%) and chardonnay from Cotes de Blanc (43%) were vinified on lees in cask. Jacquesson has been awarded 3 stars (the best and maximum ranking!) in Le Classement by La Revue du Vin de France. Le Classement is a ranking of the 1300 best domaines in France and only 56 domaines in France have 3 star status. Jacquesson together with Krug, Salon and 3 other champagne producers were awarded the 3 star status…

Champagne Wine critic and aficiando, Andrew Jefford was glowing with praise about this champagne: ".... Splendid aromatic complexities: may blossom, honey and nougat, bread and rich, ruffled fruits, all deftly interwoven into a mouthwatering whole. Very fine intensity and shape in the mouth; multi-layered and multi-dimensioned; complex but splendid ripeness.....Its intensity gives it great length and poise, and the vinous tapestry of fruits makes it something of a meditation wine among Champagnes."

Price: $219.99

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Pichot Sparkling Vouvray Brut 2009

Pichot Sparkling Vouvray Brut 2009

The Pichot family is one of the oldest grape growers in Vouvray, France going back to 1739. 100% chenin blanc (hand harvested) estate grown fruit. 4 years on lees. Terrific concentration of apples, minerality and freshness in this fine French bubbly. One of the best quality vouvrays we have seen at this price RRP: $36 Special $26.99

Price: $26.99

Vissoux Creme de Cassis (500ml) - LIMITED.

Vissoux Creme de Cassis (500ml) - LIMITED.

“Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality..”
The Chermette family were the first to embrace sustainable agricultural practices in Beaujolais. Cru beaujolais is a remarkable medium bodied red made from the Gamay grape, fragrant and juicy with succulence, depth and savoury length. Vissoux is the top rated Beaujolais producer in leading french guide, "Les Meilleurs Vins de France".

This stunning cassis liqueur is made in a totally natural way from Estate grown, organic blackcurrants. It is arguably France's best Crème de Cassis and made from the Chermette's own fruit - the local Noir de Bourgogne blackcurrants, which are much smaller than the common blackcurrant. Incredibly pure and lush. Although its most common usage is in a kir or kir royale (with Champagne), cassis also pops up in many contemporary cocktail recipes. It keeps for months, despite having no preservatives, even longer if in the fridge.
RRP $55

Price: $45.99

Jed Blanc de Blanc NV - 6 pack SPECIAL PRICE

Jed Blanc de Blanc NV - 6 pack SPECIAL PRICE

Mendoza is famous for it’s Sparkling - Chandon and Mumm set up their first winery outside of Champagne in Mendoza. Jed Blanc de Blancs is 100% Uco Valley - one of the highest and coolest subregions of the Menodoza wine region. The predominance of cool climate fruit preserves the delicate natural flavours and ensures elegance of structure and natural balance. Jed Blanc de Blanc is blended using exclusively white grape varieties in order to deliver freshness and leanness in style. 65% Chardonnay (gives good acid structure) and 35% Chenin Blanc (fresh apple character). Fine persistent bead with delicate aromas of green apple, citrus and intriguing mineral notes. The palate is bright and lively, with fresh red apple flavours. The structure of this wine revolves around crisp natural acidity and displays outstanding balance. The slightest hint of complexity adds a touch of intrigue to the finish. RRP: $27
6 Pack Special $125

Price: $125.00

Cruzat NV Brut Nature

Cruzat NV Brut Nature

Winemaker Pedro Rosell is recognised as Argentina’s leading voice in sparkling wine production. Rosell’s unique process of leaving base wines for 2 years on lees followed by 2 years on lees in the bottle has built layers of complexity....freshly baked bread, french paterisserie. Fruit grown in the prestigious Lujan de Cuyo and much more at higher altitudes in the Uco Valley of Mendoza which imparts the classic acid profile into all their sparkling. No one in Argentina comes close to Cruzat in the premium bubbly stakes.

Cuvee comprises 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir (dry-zero dosage) ...gorgeous fresh aromas of citrus, quince,tropical fruit and nutty, freshly baked bread nuances. Lovely delicacy, vibrant acidity and terrific persistence of flavour. This fine sparkling comes up trumps for sophistication....

Winner Gold Medal 5 Nat's Wine Challenge 2012

RRP $48

Price: $38.99

Deutz Brut Classic NV - LIMITED

Deutz Brut Classic NV - LIMITED

We were highly impressed with this Grand Marque champagne that we tasted recently … blend of equal parts Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and undergoes full malolactic fermentation which gives it a creamy polished characterer. This top shelf aperitif style champagne brims with citrus and minerality and has terrific persistence of flavour and balance.

Located in the village of Ay, one of Champagne's historic and most renowned terroirs, Deutz was founded in 1838 by William Deutz with Pierre-Hubert Geldermann. Today Deutz is under the leadership of Fabrice Rosset and owned by another family-owned house, Champagne Louis Roederer, who purchased it in 1993. The Deutz style is based on perfectly controlled blends, almost 80% of these coming from "Grand Cru" and "Premier Cru" villages.

Review by Robert Parker’s right hand man, Antonio Galloni:
“Admittedly it has been a few years since I last tasted the Deutz Champagnes, so I was not fully prepared for the consistently outstanding quality of virtually all these new releases. Although Deutz has been owned by Roederer since 1992, this is the only property in the group that is run in an autonomous fashion, as the Rouzaud family didn’t want to risk losing the estate’s unique identity by consolidation winemaking functions. The Deutz Champagnes undergo full malolactic fermentation and at their best offer a polished, creamy style that drinks well early but that can also age. These new releases from Deutz are all recommended….The NV Brut Classic is a pretty wine. Warm, generous fruit comes together beautifully in this rich, expansive, mid-weight Champagne. The bouquet, texture and purity of the finish are all first-rate. “ 90 points. ANTONIO GALLONI, The Wine Advocate

RRP $110

Price: $74.99

Gosset Brut Excellence - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Gosset Brut Excellence - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Founded by Pierre Gosset in 1584 in Ay (the heart of Champagne near Bollinger) and is the oldest Champagne House and yet the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producer ... Today it is owned by the Cointreau family who are very much hands on to ensure handcrafted quality continues! Quality is this prime focus and the signature house style is about finesse /freshness and quality: sourcing only grand and premier cru fruit from 60 growers ( for complexity) : first pressing juice (finesse) and base wines fermented in old oak barrels ( more depth and complexity); no malolactic fermentation (heightened acidity and age-worthiness) and extended lees ageing ( complexity). No doubt about it for champagne afficianados around the world ( me included!) Gosset is the ultimate in luxury champagne.

36% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 19% Pinot Meunier. Base wines fermented and matured in stainless steel, 3 years on lees.
Beautifully fresh and vibrant, strawberry/red fruits (thanks to high Pinot content) citrus , creamy mouth-feel, lovely complexity and superb balance. Up there with the best bottlings of Brut Excellence that we have seen.
RRP $100 ... Only $55 when you buy as a straight 6 pack!

Price: $330.00

Monmousseau Brut Etoile NV - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

Monmousseau Brut Etoile NV - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

This fine French bubbly from the Loire is back and quality is as good as ever .... (70% chenin blanc also sometimes referred to as pineau de la Loire, 30% chardonnay) Lovely concentrated green apple and citrusy freshness. 18 months on lees imparts a touch of bready yeasty complexity. Can’t beat this "method traditionelle" french bubbly for quality and value.
RRP $23 ... Only $15.50 a bottle in a straight dozen!

Price: $186.00

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Blanc De Noirs - LIMITED

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Blanc De Noirs - LIMITED

“Egly-Ouriet is one of the reference-point growers in Champagne, with a deep selection of wines that offer remarkable transparency to site, vintage and variety ... These are among the most pure, unmanipulated Champagnes readers will come across, and the estate’s new releases are all highly recommended.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

The emblematic wine from Francis Egly and the one that first brought him international acclaim. It was Michel Bettane, the influential French critic, who encouraged Egly to bottle this single vineyard wine and the first vintage was 1989. As you will know, this wine has always been the product of a single vintage. This is no longer the case. The cuvée offered today is the first Blanc de Noirs that is a blend of two harvests. This particular wine comes from 60 percent 2007 and 40 per cent from 2006, with 100 per cent vinification in barrique. The fruit derives from a single vineyard known as Les Crayères. The vines here were planted in 1946. It’s an exceptional terroir: the soil is hardly 30cm deep, then comes the chalk, hundreds of metres deep. Hence the name of the site (craie is French for chalk). The vines are deeply rooted in this chalk, which gives the wine its classic, mineral signature that is woven through the red-fruit depth and power – a product of the ripeness and the concentration of the old-vine Pinot Noir. Dosage is a negligible 1-2g/l. Made entirely from vines that are close to 70 years old, this is both a tribute to the greatest sites of Ambonnay and to the Egly-Ouriet Domaine. Houses that emphasise blending may consider a 100-per-cent-old-vine Ambonnay like this to be too rich. Egly gives it to you pure and powerful. It’s a unique wine, built for food and for ageing. Always better a year or two after landing, this will be very hard to keep your (our) hands off. Like all Egly Champagnes, it’s a wine first and a Champagne second.
“The NV Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru, from the Les Crayères lieu-dit in Ambonnay, is one of Champagne’s great wines when it is on, as it is here. Given the relatively recent disgorgement, the wine is somewhat shut down, but with time in the glass, gorgeous, perfumed Pinot notes begin to emerge. This is a totally refined, seductive expression of Pinot. Chalky, mineral notes frame the long, utterly impeccable finish. This is a fabulous effort from Egly-Ouriet. The Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru spent 48 months on its lees and was disgorged July 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2020.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #192
RRP $330

Price: $279.99

Canella NV Prosecco Superiore Di Conegliano

Canella NV Prosecco Superiore Di Conegliano

The Canella family are Prosecco pioneers (instrumental in getting Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG status!) and have become almost synonomous with Prosecco itself! Founded in 1947, their Prosecco was the first to be awarded the Grand Gold Medal (Gran Medaglia d'Oro) at Vinitaly's International Competition in 1994. The Canella vineyards are in the heart of the historical appellation Conegliano, at the perfect medium altitude where grape-ripening is more gradual, the resulting fragrance more intense and the natural fruit acidity at its best .. this extra richness makes this a fine accompaniment for the entire meal! Aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus balanced beautifully by the zingy acidity with a subtle hint of sweetness, richness and silky-smooth texture. Perfect with Antipasto or freshly shucked oysters.
RRP $31

Price: $22.99

Cruzat Classico Brut

Cruzat Classico Brut

Winemaker Pedro Rosell is recognised as Argentina’s leading voice in sparkling wine production. He has spent much time "en champagne" and has used his unique process of leaving base wines for 1 years on lees in tank followed by 1 years on lees in the bottle has built complexity of freshly baked bread. Fruit grown in the prestigious Lujan de Cuyo and much more at higher altitudes in the Uco Valley of Mendoza which imparts the classic acid profile into all their sparkling. No one in Argentina comes close to Cruzat in the premium bubbly stakes.

This extraordinary entry level bubbly comprises 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir (brut style ) ...gorgeous fresh aromas of citrus, lemon with more-ish freshly baked bread nuances. Lovely refinement and delicacy here. ... RRP $33 Our price $27.99

Price: $27.99

Gosset Grand Reserve MV - LIMITED

Gosset Grand Reserve MV - LIMITED

Founded by Pierre Gosset in 1584 in Ay ( the heart of Champagne near Bollinger) and is the oldest Champagne House and yet the smallest Grande Marque Champagne producer making approx 50,000 cases a year. Today it is owned by the Cointreau family who are very much handson to ensure handcrafted quality continues! Quality is this prime focus and the signature house style is about finesse /freshness and quality: sourcing only grand and premier cru fruit from 60 growers ( for complexity) : first pressing juice (finesse) and base wines fermented in old oak barrels ( more depth and complexity); no malolactic fermentation (heightened acidity and age-worthiness) and extended lees ageing ( complexity). No doubt about it for champagne afficianados around the world ( me included!) Gosset is the ultimate in luxury champagne.

This was handsdown my favourite Champagne of a recent Gosset tasting (preferred it over their vintage wines!)… A blend of 43% chardonnay, 42% pinot noir, 15% pinot meunier from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintages followed by four to five years on lees. Intense stone fruit, citrus, floral characters with extraordinarily depth and complexity of french patissier, roasted nuts and hints of charcuterie.
Astonishing elegance, length and balance here.

Awarded “ Wine of the Year” from Guide Hachette 2010 which resulted in huge celebration and many corks popping! To give you an idea of magnitude of the achievement , this wine was selected from 36,000 wines tasted including 2000 champagnes! Buy this extraordinary champagne – extraordinary quality for the price!
RRP $120

Price: $83.99

De Sousa Brut Tradition NV

De Sousa Brut Tradition NV

“Breathtaking, must-try Champagnes” Jacqueline Friedrich, The Wines of France.

In recent years, De Sousa has established itself among the elite of France's grower champagnes. Very old vines, biodynamically grown the resulting wines are remarkable for their elegance and balance but also for their intensity. Over the past decade, the winemaking - under Erick de Sousa - has reached the highest levels of sophistication.

50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier. This wine has an intense earthiness intermingled with its pear and citrus fruit notes. Amazing value.

Price: $72.99