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Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte-Anne Brut ($24.99)
This one comes with a strong recommendation from Mary Dorr, knowledgeable wine manager of Party Source, the gigantic Northern Kentucky wine shop near Cincinnati. I agree. It's a clear straw color, with a frothy mousse and abundant pinpoint bubbles that literally continue streaming for hours in the glass. Good toasty and apple aromas lead into a crisp, fruity-fresh flavor with a creamy mouthfeel, good body, and a pleasant nuance that's almost reminiscent of milk chocolate. A delicious Champagne, not an inexpensive wine by everyday standards but fully the equal of much more pricey cuvées. U.S. importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (Oct. 24, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Demonstrating Champagne's versatility with food, a fine match with roast chicken.

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