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Blending in with Champagne

Alison Napjus
Posted: December 30, 2011

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Crisp and juicy, with a pretty floral note winding through flavors of Fuji apple, apricot, anise and candied orange peel.

JACQUART
Brut Champagne Mosaïque NV
90 points, $37

More about its fine texture and balance than its flavor, this wine still offers hints of Gala apple, citrus peel and smoke

PHILIPPONNAT
Brut Rosé Champagne Réserve NV
90 points, $32

Lightly toasty, this balanced rosé shows creamy hints of black raspberry, strawberry, licorice and spice, with tangy acidity.

Alison Napjus is a senior tasting coordinator for Cigar Aficionado’s sister publication Wine Spectator. She specializes in the Champagne region of France. For more on the current crop of its sparkling wines visit winespectator.com


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