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WINTER 2014

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS cALL 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • vISIT uS AT MORRELLWINE.cOM • cOMPLIMENTARy DELIvERy ON ALL ORDERS OvER $100 IN Ny AND cT 63 cHAMpAgne PassiOn & PRecisiOn V ilmart was created in 1872 by Desire Vilmart in Rilly, in a small vineyard town in the Montagne de Reims. Today, Laurent Vilmart runs the 27- acre operation. Known for his precise attention to detail, Laurent's motto is "I do wine first, Champagne afterwards." He insists on strictly selecting the healthiest grapes, barrel fermenting his wines, and aging them in new and neutral wood before blending. The Coeur de Cuvée ("coeur" means "heart") is so named because Laurent selects only the middle pressing of the juice for this blend. The wine (80/20 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir) comes from the oldest vines at Vilmart (55 years old). The bottles age seven years before being disgorged. ✦ Vilmart & Cie Coeur de Cuvee 1er Cru Brut 2005 $145 per bottle "Vilmart's 2005 Brut Coeur de Cuvée is seamless, inviting and beautifully textured from start to finish." AG 93 (1802041) builT fROM The "base" C hartogne-Taillet Champagne is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the family's 28 acres of vineyards northwest of Reims. Before taking over the vineyard and cellar management from his father Philippe in 2006, Alexandre Chartogne spent time learning under Anselme Selosse, one of the pioneers in the single-grower movement. A bottle of Chartogne-Taillet displays the complexity which comes from creating great "base wines" as essential building blocks of a truly individual Champagne. The grapes of over two dozen parcels are vinified separately, and then blended to create each distinct cuvée. Their prestige Cuvée Ste. Anne is not only a great Champagne, but also a remarkable value. ✦ Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne Brut Champagne NV $45 per bottle " …A sensational value. A haunting nose... Polished...Luscious..." WA 92 (1802033) building On TRadiTiOn r odolphe Peters farms 45 acres scattered between 63 parcels, all of them rated "Grand Cru", from vines which are nearly a century old. Unlike many producers, Rodolphe allows his wines to go through malolactic fermentation, the secondary process that lowers acidity. He feels that this allows the natural minerality, typical of the Cotes des Blanc, to shine through. The base of the Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs is 2010, yet contains another 19 vintages, bringing added depth and subtlety. ✦ Pierre Peters Cuvée de Reserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut NV $54 per bottle "...Striking...shows fabulous cut and definition in its fruit, expressive aromatics all backed up by plenty of underlying structure. This is superb entry-level wine from one of Champagne's top producers..." AG 92 (180058)

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