Bountiful Bubbly

A 99-point vintage Champagne is among many reasons to celebrate the region’s latest releases

Bountiful Bubbly
Sixth-generation vintner Olivier Krug and chef de cave Julie Cavil typically age Krug’s vintage bottlings for an extended period of time, this year releasing a powerful and vivid 2008. (Lee Osborne)
From the Dec 15, 2021, issue

After the challenges and uncertainty of 2020, Champagne producers have seen exports to the United States soar in 2021, boding well for a happy holiday season. Among the recent releases are plenty of standout vintage Champagnes, including a handful of late-release 2008s from iconic names and a diverse range of 2013s, along with more affordably priced non-vintage bottlings. Before buying for your upcoming gatherings and celebrations, check out Wine Spectator’s full tasting report on the region, including scores and tasting notes on the top wines and top values.

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