Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009 $100 (5 stars)

To clarify, Moët rhymes with ‘poet’.  So from today. It’s not okay. To say ‘mow-way’.  When the Chef de Cave (French for ‘Chief Winemaker’) Benoît Gouez declares a ‘vintage’ it’s something to notice because the quality doth skyrocket.  This is the 73rd time in the history of Moët that it’s happened.  Aged for 7 years […]

Champagne Joseph Desruets Brut Special Cuvée Les Prémices NV $150

I LOVE learning about new champagne houses and Desruets is my new favourite. A 60/40 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, it’s so incredibly fresh, pillowy and pure. I love the lacy citrus, cashew, bagel dough and shortbread characters on the palate, its harmonious texture, impeccable balance and lift – it’s an absolute aristocrat of […]

Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne Brut NV $39.99

Pinot noir components in this Champagne date back almost two decades and each bottle sleeps quietly in cool, dark underground cellars for three years before release. The families of Champagne Moutard Diligent have lived in the village of Buxeuil in the Côte des Bar since the mid 17th century and have been grape growing and […]

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Rosé NV $74.99 (4 stars)

This is the 200th year since Madame Clicquot became the first to create a blended rosé from her finest Bouzy reds and her classic champagne. If the aromas of cranberry bagel, rising dough and cashew don’t woo you, then the long, generously-tempered mouthfeel, pinprick effervescence, creamy mousse and subtle raspberry notes on the finish will […]

R.H Coutier A Ambonnay Grand Cru Champagne NV $75

The Coutier family has been in Ambonnay since 1619. 1619! So they know a thing or three about growing great grapes. This champagne is such a pretty wine in the glass, with tiny, delicate beads of bubbles, this fizz boasts caramel and fresh-baked breakfast bun and hints of walnut on the nose and soft, nutty, […]

Champagne Jean Josselin Audace Rosé NV $57

This deliciously dry, melon and raspberry-licked lovely is an exercise in elegance combined with fulsome generosity. A delicate line of cherry zips through the mid-palate and merges with creamy, cashew and yeasty complexity combined with berry brioche bodaciousness. It’s an extremely sexy champagne indeed. Sip with: Oysters Charantaise www.threefrenchvines.co.nz

Moët & Chandon Imperial Golden Sparkle Limited Edition NV $69

I love the aromas of rising dough, biscuity notes, and almond meal drizzled with lemon and a touch of tropical fruit in this festive fizz. On the palate it’s zesty and dry, full, yeasty and edged with a squeak of citrus to elongate the flavour layers. The bead is delicate, it looks and tastes like […]

Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial Champagne $69.99 (4 stars)

Here’s the opposite of what Moet used to be all about.  Lean, dry and minerally, this is not.  Fat, tropical tones, peach and sweet, musky layers that cry out to be poured over ice and sprinkled with mint or flecks of dried berries.  Apricot, caramelised characters and a rich, luxurious sweetness wash across the palate […]

Clos de la Chappelle Brut Instinct Premier Cru Champagne

Clos de la Chappelle Brut Instinct Premier Cru Champagne $59.90 ★★★★★ Wow!  Five star champagne for under sixty dollars? I know, it’s head-scratching stuff, but best you get a move on, dust off the wallet and grab some quick because with Christmas looming there’ll be precious little left soon.  I love the hints of ginger […]

Champagne de Castelnau Brut Réserve Édition 2015

Champagne de Castelnau Brut Réserve Édition 2015 $59.95 ★★★★½ This sparkler seriously over-delivers for the price. Created by long-time winemaker Elizabeth Sarcelet to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Tour de France, it will definitely appeal to those who like creamy, cashew and soft, lemony notes in their champagne. Delicate biscuit characters combine with clean […]

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