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Finally we opened the Richard Juhlin Champagne Bar @ Café Egoïste in Sthlm this Friday! Many of our members have been longing for this since we closed the Champagne Bar @ Grand Esaclier in june’12. Richard was signing his new Swedish edition of his book, ‘a scent of Champagne’. 

A scent of champagne

Every Friday the Champagne bar will be opened between 4pm-9pm. 12-15 Champagnes by the glass. Small Champagne tapas, or sould we call the chapas?

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Cherry picking from this Fridays champagne lis by the glass:

HOUSE CHAMPAGNE by the magnum  | nv FRANCK BONVILLE ‘GRAND CRU SELECTION’  | Avize | Champagne  |  France  | Franck Bonville |  Swedish importer: Vinovativa  |  SBnr 7402 price  319 sek  | 100CH  |  RJ on Bonville:  I personally think that Bonville and De Souza are the only growers at Avize who come anywhere near Selosse. The firm owns 20 hectares in Grand cru farms alone, of which 15 hectares are at Avize, a small part at Cramant and the jewel in the crown, properties with old vines, on the slopes at Oger. In 1989 the last of the barrels were replaced by steel tanks, but recently Olivier has started using oak barrels from Bourgogne for his fine prestige wine Les Belles Voyes. The grapes for the rosé champagne come from Paul Dethune at Ambonnay. The Vinothèque wines are magical.

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2004 TAITTINGER ‘COMTES de CHAMPAGNE’ | Reims  | Champagne  |  France  | Taittinger |  Swedish importer: Fondberg  |  SBnr 99221 price 1 200 sek  | 100CH  |  RJ on Comtes: The real star is the Comtes de Champagne, an exemplary blanc de blancs from Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil, Chouilly, and old vines in Pierry. The champagne is the best in its style, with its soft, exotic, and creamy taste. I imagine that the Comtes de Champagne is the champagne most appreciated by the broadest public. It contains no difficult aromas, but instead an abundance of charmingly sweet and soft tastes in an elegant and luxurious style. In any case, it contains an aromatic spectrum that is exciting enough for even the most fastidious expert to fall head over heels for its beauty.

TASTING NOTE ‘Comtes de Champagne is one of my favorite Champagnes. Creamier and more easily drunk Champagnes just don’t exist! The real star is the Comtes de Champagne, an exemplary blanc de blancs from Cramant, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil, Chouilly, and old vines in Pierry. The champagne is the best in its style, with its soft, exotic, and creamy taste. I imagine that the Comtes de Champagne is the champagne most appreciated by the broadest public. It contains no difficult aromas, but instead an abundance of charmingly sweet and soft tastes in an elegant and luxurious style. In any case, it contains an aromatic spectrum that is exciting enough for even the most fastidious expert to fall head over heels for its beauty.’ RJpoint 90(94)

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nv FRANCK BONVILLE ‘LES BELLES VOYES’  | Avize | Champagne  |  France  | Franck Bonville |  Swedish importer: Vinovativa  | price 744 sek  | 100CH  | TASTING NOTE ‘ The firm owns 20 hectares in Grand cru farms alone, of which 15 hectares are at Avize, a small part at Cramant and the jewel in the crown, properties with old vines, on the slopes at Oger. In 1989 the last of the barrels were replaced by steel tanks, but recently Olivier has started using oak barrels from Bourgogne for his fine prestige wine Les Belles Voyes. They harvest super-ripe grapes from seventy-year-old vines on their 0,7 hectares of sun-catching slopes at Oger. Then they store the wine in small oak barrels of different ages from Burgundy, in order to provide increased complexity. The 2,000 bottles of this wine made from the harvests of 1998 and 1999 must be terribly sought-after among winelovers all over the world. My first encounter with this complex and super-concentrated wine was very positive (98/99 blend) The wine feels very mature, with an almost syrupy sweetness despite the fact that potential for storage exists in all certainty. The barrel tones are cleverly integrated and subordinate to the fruit. Loveliest of all is a beautiful tone of Provençal lavender-Crème Brûlée.’ RJpoint 87(92)

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2005 LOUIS ROOEDERER ‘CRISTAL’ | Reims | Champagne  |  France  | Louis Roederer |  Swedish importer: Vingruppen/Vinunic  | SBnr 90666 price 1 650 sek  | 55PN 45CH  | RJ on Cristal:  Cristal is today the most sought-after cuvée de prestige, and has perhaps the most appetizing appearance of any wine in the world. Cristal Rosé is not only the most expensive rosé Champagne—it is obviously the best. In my opinion, this house is one of the four best in all of Champagne. Every vintage is stunning. Buy all the Roederer wines you come across!

TASTING NOTE ‘Cristal, of course, is a star as usual, with layers of fat, oily tastes. It is, of course, insane to drink this wine this early. I quake at the thought of how much Cristal is going to be stolen from the cradle at nightclubs and fashionable restaurants in the rich parts of the world. I was almost ashamed when I—for professional reasons, of course—popped the cork. The entire register is certainly here already, but everything is so incredibly shy and subordinate to the high acidity. Buy all you can find and leave it forgotten for the time being in some dark corner of the basement. Having said that, certain bottles are already deliciously honeyed. Honey, vanilla, exotic fruit, and cakes sound trivial for a wine with this complexity and elegance—so let’s just enjoy this delicious tidbit without analyzing its beauty to death.’  RJpoint 93(96)

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