The Somm: Joseph Phillips
The Restaurant: Michael Mina
The Wines: 1990 Salon "Le Mesnil," Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, $2,010: A spectacular vintage from Salon. Salon is the Champagne connosieur's champagne. Made from 100 percent Chardonnay.
1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, $555: Just starting to show mature characteristics, this 100 percent Chardonnay cuvee is a textbook expression of champagne.
Krug Rose, $1,040: This one never disappoints!
Tarlant "Cuvee Louis" Extra Brut, Oeuilly, $206: Grower-producer on the village of Oeuilly on the Marne River. The Cuvee Louis comes from a single plot called "Les Crayons" and is aged for 10 years on the lees.
Agrapar "7 crus," Brut, Avize, $110: A biodynamic grower-producer from Avize. This champagne has a unique vibrancy that excites the palate and is a great complement to a variety of foods.
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