• Champagne Bonnaire 2005 Brut Blanc de Blancs and 2005 Ver Sacrum

    While most champagne bottles are stoppered with capsules during the second fermentation and the subsequent aging on the lees, there are a number of producers who prefer the character that a cork stopper brings to the wine. Bollinger, for example, ages its La Grande Année under cork, and Dom Pérignon uses cork for its Oenothèque; among growers, Bérèche is a notable advocate of cork aging, bottling no fewer than five cuvées this way.

    Typically, any trials that producers undertake a
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