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Spotlight on: Salon Le Mesnil

  Spotlight on:  Salon Le Mesnil Salon, a tiny house on the Côte de Blancs, produces what connoisseurs consider to be the quintessential Blanc de Blancs. Salon, along with Delamotte, is part of the Laurent-Perrier group since 1989. Here we take a look at why they have such a good reputation and what it is that got them there. Less is More Salon produces Champagnes in minuscule amounts (50,000 bottles a year, if at all) from over 40-year-old vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (one of the greatest crus of the Côte de Blancs). Salon produces the only wine in the world not to be made every...

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Spotlight on: Louis Roederer Cristal

  Spotlight on: Louis Roederer Cristal Louis Roederer is a producer of Champagne based in Reims, France. Founded in 1776, it was inherited and renamed by Louis Roederer in 1833. It remains today as one of the only still independent and family-run Champagne houses. Here we take a closer look at the brand and their famed Cristal. Satisfying Demands The first Cuvée de Prestige (Prestige Cuvée) of Champagne was created in 1876 by Louis Roederer to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II and is called Cristal, referring to the aspect of the bottle. Safety First In 1876, Tsar Alexander II pointed out to his sommelier...

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Spotlight on: Dom Pérignon

Whether you’ve personally popped a bottle or not, it’s highly likely you’ve heard of the ubiquitous Dom Pérignon. But how much do you really know about the most luxurious champagne? Here we breakdown five interesting facts about Dom. Dispelling the Myth Adding sugar to a wine to initiate a second fermentation was documented six years before Dom Pérignon even entered the abbey at Hautvillers. Pérignon did, however, make several important innovations in Champagne production, such as developing the technique used to make white wine from red grapes and blending grapes to make a superior wine. Not Quite Grand Cru In Champagne, only...

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4 things you need to know about Lisa Perrotti-Brown

After a decade as editor-in-chief of Robert Parker’s famed Wine Advocate and Reviewer, Lisa Perrotti-Brown has slowly made a name for herself on the wine ratings and review circuit. Here, we take a closer look at her early life and how she became such an influential voice in the wine world.  A Happy Accident Her wine career began by accident when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she stumbled into a job as the manager of a wine bar. She progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the '90s and early...

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The Key Wine Terms You Need To Know

Tasting and investing in wine is all the more enjoyable when you’re able to pick out and properly describe flavour's and textures. It’ll help you choose what you like to drink and what you think would be a good investment. But there’s a lot of jargon that goes with wine tasting, and we’re here to make sure you know as much of it as possible. A wine that smells really intense aromatic lift (white wine) bold aromas (red wine) tremendous nose brooding pungent A wine that doesn’t smell very much delicate closed subtle soft light A wine that tastes really strong extracted...

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