Im holding off as I have a 85' Krug slated for a few days....currently the 90' Krug is at the top of the list.
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I'm holding off as well.
Will open a few potential gems the next couple of days, but I'm thinking I already have enjoyed my Champagne of the year.
Over the last two years, I'd have had a bunch to list. 2012 has been a slow Champagne year for me. Probably the excellent but unready 2002 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons.
Just one more sip.
Thank you all for the tip. Unfortunately, no '96 around here
Stay thirsty my friends.
Not so far away, Redhawk (Grand Rapids), but hey, nothings closer than your keyboard.
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Had a bottle over the weekend which tops my list:
N.V. Jacques Selosse Champagne Brut Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs Initiale
dare I say it, but the selosse tops the krug mv imho.
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VERY different wines...Chardonnay vs. Pinot based wine with complete barrel fermentation and long lees aging.
Both excellent wines, and I do hope Selosse does not gain too much hype.
In Canada? Really? Duties in?
Good thing we have Seaquam on the case!
Last night's 1990 Krug was my 2012 Champagne of the Year. The 96 Dom and 96 Salon followed a few steps behind. Happy New Year!
1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires tied with the Bollinger La Grande Annee 2002.
But honorable mention must go to all the bottles enjoyed, they all were pleasing.
Nothing has held a candle to the 1996 Salon on New Year's Eve. Wow.......
"One barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints." - Italian proverb.
^This^ Need to rescind my vote for the Bouchard.......
"One may dislike carrots, spinach, beetroot, or the skin on hot milk. But not wine. It is like hating the air that one breathes, since each is equally indispensable."
Thanks for the tip! But the tariff is quite steep. Hard to pull the trigger on that. Is it worth it?
Stay thirsty my friends.
Hard to say. It's more than double what you could pick it up for on release, but...... if you want a stunning bottle to drink in the future it's probably worth biting the bullet. I can predict with some certainty that if you get one (or more) and have the patience to wait for them you won't regret the purchase. Just depends on your tolerance for pain right now.
Low WineSearcher is currently $350 if you can get shipments, fwiw....
"Is it worth it"? Such a personal, subjective, question. Thus, why I tended to ponder just how to best respond. Meanwhile, PH responded very correctly. I know that I've followed the pricing on this wine the past 5 yrs and it does not go down. Ever. A direct testiment to supply and demand. It is a superior vintage of this wine.
My take: Some years back I picked up a few '95s at $165 each as the '96s were 'more expensive' at $225. I though that I could likely eventually find it cheaper. I've regretted the decision to not just get both, or the '96, ever since.
Thanks to Racer 117, I need to (happily) rescind my vote as well in favor of the '96 Salon!
I've not seen your selection(s) yet, w+a.
1996 Bollinger Francaises Vieilles Vignes. A perfect bottle of wine.
Runner-up, 1959 Krug.
I really want to taste a '59 Krug Collection this year.
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The 1959 Krug was awesome, but where was I for the Bollinger Francaises?
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