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Blending in with Champagne

Alison Napjus
Posted: December 30, 2011

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Firm and toasty, with hints of tropical fruit mixing with notes of quince, lemon zest, smoky mineral, ginger and white pepper.

PIPER-HEIDSIECK
Brut Rosé Champagne Sauvage NV
93 points, $55

There's lovely texture to this vinous rosé, with grilled plum, black cherry preserves, cream, toasted brioche and smoke flavors.

AYALA
Brut Champagne Majeur NV
92 points, $40

Minerally, with mouthwatering flavors of candied lemon peel, green apple, crystallized honey and biscuit.

NICOLAS FEUILLATTE
Brut Champagne NV
92 points, $36

Rich and creamy, showing the dried fruit, nut and spice notes of fruitcake, with lemon meringue, quince and honey flavors.

GÉRARD LORIOT
Brut Champagne NV
92 points, $40

Ripe flavors mix with whole-grain toast hints. The exuberant flavor profile is held in check by the vibrant acidity.

G. H. MUMM
Brut Champagne Cordon Rouge NV
92 points, $40


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