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VARNIER-FANNIÈRE

“Grand Cru” Brut NV

$57

Earthy, spicy, and rich. Finely etched and deeply resonant flavors. Lots of gravitas.

93 points KM

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H. BILLIOT FILS

Réserve Brut NV

$45

Juicy, minerally, and very vivid. If you love super crisp Champagne, this is it.

92 points KM

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MARC HÉBRART

“Cuvée de Réserve” Brut NV

$48

If I could only drink one bottle of Champagne this season (not likely), it would be this. Deep seated richness. Spring-loaded with flavor. Exquisite balance.

95 points KM

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PHILIPPE GLAVIER

“Emotion” Brut 2012

$110

Like drinking snowflakes, laced with a touch of vanilla. Lacy, fresh, and crisp.

92 points KM

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R. GEOFFROY

“Expression” Brut NV

$40

As fresh and light as rarefied mountain air. Plus a texture that’s whipped cream. Expression is a good name for bubbles that are so expressive.

93 points KM

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CHAPPELLET

“Pritchard Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $210

Chappellet’s PH cabernets always have a dark, sexy personality. They’re majestic wines, tight and even angular when young, but always hugely expressive and delicious.

95 points KM

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GROTH

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Oakville, Napa Valley, CA)

Groth is like the Margaux of Napa Valley—it can be depended on to be elegant, beautifully modulated, structured, classic cabernet in every way. Plush but never overdone.

95 points KM

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CALERA

“Jensen Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2015

(Mt. Harlan, California) $90

When they first came out, the Calera pinots were among the first in California with cult status. This shows why. Complex, with lots of gravitas.

94 points KM

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THREE STICKS

“Walala Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2015

(Sonoma Coast, California) $70

This pinot has sheer beauty plus a core of dark richness. Kinetically alive on the palate.

95 points KM

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EISELE VINEYARD

Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

(Napa Valley, California) $499

Breathtakingly expensive. But SO breathtaking as a wine. It has a lit-from-within ethereal quality that only the greatest cabernets possess.

98 points KM