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Taittinger Brut Champagne 2004, A.C., Champagne, France: Stunning champagne! Green apple, brioche, white peach. Endless finish. One of the finest champagnes I’ve tasted. Drink: 2011-2016. 989905 12.50% XD 750 mL  $74.95 Score: 97/100. August 20, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée, A.C., Champagne, France: Love it! Muscular, rich, toasty and full-bodied… just like James Bond who loved this bubbly. Spectacularly well-made… you will never, ever be disappointed with it… or will I if you give it as a gift. Drink: 2011-2016. 384529 12% XD 750 mL  $69.95 Score: 95/100. October 15, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Moet and Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne 2003, A.C., Champagne, France: Spectacular! I love rose bubbly the best. It means happiness and success. Gorgeous aromas of fleeting field raspberries combine with toasty effervescent. It’s liquid loveliness. Drink: 2011-2016. 69831 12.50% XD 750 mL  $87.95 Score: 95/100. October 15, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Nicolas Maillart Platine Premier Cru Brut Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Lovely aromas of field strawberries and raspberries tickle your nose and senses. Glorious champagne at a price you can't beat. Drink: 2012-2015. 244103 12% D 750 mL  $46.95 Score: 91/100. March 3, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Domaine Rebourgeon-Mure Volnay 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Such a pretty pinot! The best of New and Old World styles: ripe luscious berry aromas without being too fruity. Terrific balance, silky, seductive texture and a long finish. A touch of earth and smoke but not a lot. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2016. 91090 13% XD 750 mL  $39.95 Score: 92/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Baron-Fuenté Grand Millésime Brut Champagne 1998, A.C., Champagne, France: An incredibly fresh and vibrant wine, especially given its age. In fact, the maturity has only imparted a depth and richness that deepens its complexity but doesn't diminish its refreshment. Drink: 2010-2015. 155119 12% XD 750 mL  $51.95 Score: 91/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Canard-Duchêne Brut Rosé Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Love it! Flavourful but not extremely rose like … mild strawberry notes but mostly toasty goodness. Drink: 2011-2016. 222620 12% XD 750 mL  $52.95 Score: 91/100. July 23, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Godmé Père & Fils Brut Réserve, A.C., Champagne, France: Toasty great! Aromas of fresh baked bread and green apples. Superbly made at a reasonable price for Champagne. Drink: 2011-2015. 243881 12.50% XD 750 mL  $51.95 Score: 94/100. November 12, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Castello Della Cervaro Della Sala 2009, I.G.T., Umbria, Italy: I adore the hazelnut and toasted almond richness of this wine. Then it brightens like a sunshaft through clouds and you get the bright green apple vibrancy that pierces, satisfies and soothes. Drink: 2012-2015. 512376 13% XD 750 mL  $54.35 Score: 94/100. March 31, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Santa Lucia Highlands, California, United States: A gorgeous and beautifully concentrated pinot noir that displays the best of what California is capable of with this varietal. Fleshy ripe dark cherries with a lick of spice on the finish. Top me up! Drink: 2012-2017. 212076 14.70% XD 750 mL  $44.95 Score: 94/100. April 14, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, United States: Rich, round, full-bodied and balanced with a chalky finish. Dark fruit aromas and flavours; nice layering of sensual pleasure. Drink: 2012-2016. 731810 14.20% XD 750 mL  $57.95 Score: 90/100. April 14, 2012 Full Review

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