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My palate is one for purity, elegance and vivacity. Regarding champagne, I love what is in the glass but I also love what lies beyond. Champagne is an intriguingly complex and diverse region. A world of luxury and a truly fine wine. Still, where champagne is, fun begins. But knowing more makes it even greater fun. This is the Essence of Champagne.
Essi Avellan MW
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Explore Essence of Champagne with Essi Avellan MW. Renowned champagne specialist and Master of Wine, Essi Avellan’s personal champagne site offers you a brand new source of unbiased champagne opinions. Discover Essi’s vast library of recent tasting notes, Essi’s blog, essential champagne information, latest news, as well as the results of the champagne awards to which her palate has contributed.
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Stylish Chardonnay-driven perfumy-toasty nose with gunpowder undertones. Perfectly ripe fruit, floral scents and tropical exuberance. Soft-textured, intense and plush palate. Voluminous without being heavy. Beautifully clean and crisp, full of fruit. The palate ends with a phenolic bite of a warm vintage and lovely salivating mineral freshness. Built to last. The 2006 represents a new […]

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Louis Roederer

Famous foremost for the coveted prestige cuvée Cristal, Louis Roederer is the most solvent of champagne houses and one of the few remaining in family ownership. This house’s ambitions in viticulture and vinification can only be described as trailblazing. Leaders in biodynamic cultivation in Champagne, Roederer are down-to-earth in making, but sky-high in quality − one of Champagne’s very finest properties.



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Announcing Viking Line’s new Ship’s Champagne: Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve’s secret is its long-nurtured reserve wines of great, age-mellowed richness that are blended in a masterful way. It has been a serial winner in champagne competitions, a truly charming, irresistible champagne. As the shipping company’s champagne consultant, I am delighted to announce that from January onwards, it will please the palates […]