TASTE Winter 2022-23

by Lara Victoria

CHARLES HEIDSIECK BRUT VINTAGE 2012 France $142.99 69223 This 2012 vintage shines with balanced freshness, concentration and complexity. Apricot, almonds and subtle toasted and smoked notes greet the nose. Quince, vanilla and peaches on the palate are laced with minerality and a clear saline note.


T his winter, take a step back in time with BCLIQUOR’s Vintage Champagne Release. The release takes place in select stores on December 3 and will showcase 53 vintage Champagnes, treasures from blockbuster years and superstar producers, from the world’s most iconic sparkling wine authority, Champagne. Producers only declare a vintage in years when their wines show exceptional fruit concentration, structure and finesse. Spending at least three years on lees, these wines mature with well- integrated complexity, intensity and resolve. Therefore, when you have a vintage Champagne in your hands, you know it is always a spectacular product of nature and nurture. Interestingly, as producers only declare a vintage in years their wines show their best, vintage Champagnes tend to express their “house style.” Some producers take pride in bottling wines of earthy complexity, rich with umami notes that have matured over extended aging. Charles Heidsieck, for example, prides itself in producing such robust Champagnes, that have long been favoured by wine collectors and connoisseurs. Others, like Perrier-Jouët are renowned for their signature freshness and elegance. Recent years have seen great demand for these prized sparklers. No matter what your preferred style may be, or which vintage is dear to your heart, this year’s Vintage Champagne Release * will offer a taste of pure quality. And because these wines have tremendous aging potential, you can lay away recent vintages for those treasured moments life has yet to bring you. To good times; past, present and future! Santé! *Due to the nature of the release, availability is limited. So, be sure to visit bcliquorstores.com for more information on where to buy these products.

VENOGE BRUT VINTAGE 1995 France $600.00 85464 An ode to the French King who decreed in 1782 that still Champagne wines that had undergone secondary fermentation could be bottled. Louis XV de Venoge Brut vintage 1995 shows refined minerality with great tension between fresh and evolved aromas, and a signature vanilla characteristic.

HENRIOT CUVÉE HEMERA BRUT VINTAGE 2006 France $259.99 414985 Esteemed for its focus, purity and precision, this is an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from six Grand Cru villages. It offers developed toasty shortbread flavours supported by white peaches, citrus and oyster-shell salinity.

DOM PÉRIGNON X LADY GAGA ROSÉ VINTAGE 2008 France $500.00 63634 This vintage rosé is graceful, full-bodied and shows incredible depth of fruit flavours like wild strawberries, raspberries and lemon along with thyme from the Pinot Noir component. Plush, creamy mousse, polished acidity and a touch of toasty pastry round out the profile.

FLUTEAU BLANC DE BLANCS VINTAGE 2013 France $72.99 250869 This 100 percent Chardonnay Champagne from a family-owned Château in the Aube region is a gastronomical delight of citrus, Granny Smith apple, white flower, ripe lemon and electric acidity.

CL DE LA CHAPELLE BRUT VINTAGE 2012 France $63.99 415276 La Chapelle Brut Vintage 2012 is amazing value for vintage Champagne. The product of an excellent vintage, this luminous gold wine rewards its drinkers with elegant bubbles, fresh acidity and notes of white flowers, citrus and honey.



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