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Champagne: The Season’s New Releases, Part 1

Readers will find a bevy of compelling, delicious Champagnes in the market this fall. Many of the current non-vintage releases are based on 2013, a year that, while inconsistent, yielded wines with healthy sugars, relatively low acidities and terrific balance at a number of houses. At the upper end, a number of houses have new tête de cuvées that are or will soon be in the market. As always, the stylistic breadth that Champagne offers makes it one of the most versatile and fascinating of all wines.

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Mount Eden's 2014 Chardonnay Old Vines, from vineyards in Edna Valley, is pretty, understated and gracious. Pear, white flowers and sweet spices are all nicely delineated throughout in this super-attractive Chardonnay. This is a fabulous wine for the money. (AG)

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