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The leading American Champagne  and wine newspaper


Relatively little known in France, Wine Spectator is a bible of wine and spirits across the Atlantic. The title publishes 15 issues per year with for each edition an impressive number, between 400 and 1000 of wines tasted, rated on a scale of 50 to 100 and commented, more than any champagne and wine guide. Around these tastings, reports, portraits, interviews and news around the god wine. The magazine was founded in San Diego in 1976 by Bob Morrisey. Bought 3 years later by publisher Marvin R. Shanken who is still its editor-in-chief, the title takes on a whole new dimension. The number of wines tasted exploded and in the first year of the Shanken era, no less than 12,400 wines were blind tested.


A formidable expansion


As early as 1981, the magazine launched a competition which reviewed restaurant wine lists and awarded them prizes according to their quality: Prize of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Prix (highest level). In 2009 more than 3,500 restaurants had obtained one of these awards. Marvin R. Shanken quickly understood the value of the Wine Spectator brand, the impact of ratings and its guide, and quickly declined it. Thus he organizes the Wine Experience, an annual event that brings together tastings and conferences on wine. During the 2009 edition, more than 1000 personalities from the wine world spoke at this event.


A champagne criticism ... criticized


The independence of the Wine Spectator and the quality of the criticism were however undermined in 2008 when Robin Goldstein, the founder of the Fearless Critic guide, a collection of gastronomic guides that displays a foolproof independence, submitted the wine list of a fictitious restaurant, l'Osteria. The Wine Spectator had awarded a prize of excellence for this phantom establishment whose menu was full of mediocre Italian wines. With 4,500 claims submitted by restaurateurs per year, Wine Spectator makes around $ 1 million each year through submission fees. More broadly, the ratings given to some of the big names in wine and champagne are sometimes cheerful, and some believe that Wine Spectator reviews linger more on the label than on the contents of the bottle.


Champagne favorites from Wine Spectator :


- Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs - Perrier-Jouët

- William Deutz 1999 – Deutz

- Vintage 2003 – Dom Pérignon

- La Grande Année 2004 – Bollinger

- Nicolas-François Billecart 2000 – Billecart-Salmon

- Salon 1997 - Salon

    Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François Billecart 2002 2002 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

    Billecart-Salmon Nicolas François Billecart 2002 Bottle 75cl

    « A rich nose with notes of fresh fruit, which evolves towards a touch of citrus »

    94 / 100 Guide Parker
    4.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
    Permanently out of stock
      Deutz Cuvée William Deutz 1999  1999 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

      Deutz Cuvée William Deutz 1999 Bottle 75cl

      90 / 100 Guide Parker
      4.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
      Permanently out of stock
        Deutz Cuvée William Deutz 2006 2006 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

        Deutz Cuvée William Deutz 2006 Bottle 75cl

        18 / 20 Revue du Vin de France
        5.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
        Permanently out of stock
          Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 2002 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

          Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 Bottle 75cl

          94 / 100 Guide Wine Spectator
          94 / 100 Guide Richard Juhlin
          Permanently out of stock
            Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004 2004 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

            Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004 Bottle 75cl

            18 / 20 Revue du Vin de France
            16.5 / 20 Guide Le Point
            Permanently out of stock
              Salon Salon 2006 2006 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

              Salon Salon 2006 Bottle 75cl

              94 / 100 Guide Decanter
              5.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
              Permanently out of stock
                Salon Salon 2007 2007 Bottle 75cl Nu

                Salon Salon 2007 Bottle 75cl

                96 / 100 Guide Tyson Stelzer
                2.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
                Permanently out of stock
                  Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 2010 Bottle 75cl Presentation pack

                  Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 Bottle 75cl

                  « A very nice vintage, fruity and ample »

                  96 / 100 Guide Wine Spectator
                  4.30 / 5 Customer reviews (7)
                  Permanently out of stock