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There are ripe Dom Perignon, Karl Erbes and Chapoutier. We still don't know why Karl Erbes hasn't sold out long ago, given its quality and value for money.

We love mature champagne. Dom Perignon needs a lot of maturity, so younger vintages than this one are of no interest to us: the 1982 Dom Perignon has white nougat, caramel, flowers, a medium body, balance, medium amount of fine perlage that provides a nice creaminess. Best in a Zalto Bordeaux glass. 18.8/20 points.

Karl Erbes has been an insider tip for us for residual and noble sweet Rieslings, with fantastic Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese at sensational prices. Stephan Reinhardt's high Paker ratings for the dry Rieslings also caught our attention: the Karl Erbes 2020 Ürziger in Kranklei Riesling Spätlese* trocken has an expressive nose with apricot, peach, blossoms, a medium body, balance, medium length and is clear, defined and precise. 17.8/20 points.

Here we have the same wine, but in feinherb: the Karl Erbes 2020 Ürziger in the Kranklei Riesling Spätlese* feinherb is a bit more restrained in aromatics and has a slight residual sweetness. The dry version is more fun now, but the feinherb version has more potential and will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years. Now 17/20 points with potential for more.

New vintages from this winery don't intrigue us, but this wine is from the good old days: the Chapoutier Non-Vintage Hermitage Sizeranne Grand Cuvée is a bottling from the 70s or 80s and is probably from 3 vintages. The wine has beet syrup, a slight sweetness, underbrush, chocolate, herbs and a full body. The wine is very mature but beautifully complex. 18.3/20 points.