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In December, we drink Champagne at closing at K&L- and we prefer to drink it out of magnum when possible. The highlight this year was the Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (1.5L) magnum ($74.99) that we had on Christmas eve. This single vineyard beauty comes from the Gouttes d’Or, a very steep east facing parcel in the little village of Brouillet. It was creamy, delicate and perfectly refreshing! We all say to cheers to you, and hope your holiday is filled with fun and friends!

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Mar212006

Marne Valley Star!

After an all-to-long absence the Champagnes of Michel Dervin are back. These are exciting and unique Champagnes from a little-known and very tiny village called Cuchery. They are made by Michel Dervin, who is also the wine maker for Domaine J. Laurens in Limoux. The Michel Dervin Brut Champagne ($24.99) has a wonderful brioche and subtle fruit nose. The flavors are quite concentrated and complex. The Champagne has a great toastiness balanced by lightness on its refreshing and long finish. The cuvee is a blend of 85% 2002 and 15% 2001 vintages. It is made out of 95% estate fruit from small plots in the villages of Cuchery, Damery, Reuil and Chapelle Monthadon in the picturesque valley of the Marne. The 1999 Michel Dervin Brut ($29.99) is a step up in length and balance. With more pinot noir and chardonnay in the blend (70% pinot noir, 30% meunier), this wine has more intense aromas. The flavors are big, broad and very unique. For lovers of a rich style this wine will not let you down. If you have never had a valley of the Marne meunier-based Champagne, these two are a great place to start. Please feel free to contact me at 1 (800) 247-5987 ex 728, or at garyw@klwines.com with any of your champagne (or sherry!) needs. Please also drop me a line if you would like to be on my list of Champagne customers. A toast to you! —Gary Westby

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