Cellar Selections

About Cellar Selections

Cellar Selection is a designation for wines or beers that our tasting panels feel will improve with proper aging in climate-controlled conditions, like a wine cellar or basement. 

For a red wine, is usually because its tannins are too firm or coarse at present, however there are enough flavor and structural elements to emerge and refine over time as the tannins precipitate out of the wine and settle as sediment.  For white wines, sugar and acidity are the key factors and many substantial dessert and sparkling wines, like Eisweins, Sauternes, and Champagnes, can benefit from aging—their flavors becoming more integrated and secondary or tertiary nutty, yeast-driven flavors emerging. Certain higher-acid white wines like Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners can also develop many interesting age-induced characteristics, in particular an amplification of mineral and “diesel” notes.

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Best Cellar Selections For Sparkling Wine

Champagne Devaux NV Grande Reserve Champagne
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas of French canelé pastry, brioche with apricot preserve, gunsmoke, and butter-poached apple with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long yuzu marmalade, salted parker dinner rolls, and dried pineapple finish. A NV champagne that will stand the test of time; smoky, svelte, and stimulating.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée Rosée Champagne
93 points
Amber salmon color. Earthy aromas of cantaloupe, marinated shitake mushrooms, licorice, dried fig, and autumn leaves with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long passion fruit, yogurt with marinated strawberry, and dried lavender finish with light oak. A crispy and stylish Champagne that will pair with most anything.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée D Champagne
93 points
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, smoked apricot preserves on Greek yogurt, honey, musk, and pressed wildflowers with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long spritz of lemon, pickled ginger, quartz, key lime pith, and pineapple on Hawaiian rolls finish with a suggestion of oak. A super bright, slightly smoky Champagne with thick, sensuous aromas.
Champagne Devaux 2008 D Millésimé Champagne
93 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, baked cantaloupe, coriander, rye, coconut cream pie on a graham cracker crust, and lemon custard with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long peach confiture and jasmine finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An interesting Brut Champagne that should develop lots of nuance and intrigue after a slumber in the cellar.
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
92 points
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of forelle pear, brioche with strawberry jam, lily, kiwi relish, aniseed, sage, and coriander with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, long fresh cut grass, turkish delight, smoked almond, and pressed flowers finish with light oak. A crisp and juicy Champagne with layers and layers of bright, memorable flavors.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Gyejacquot Fréres NV Prestige Vintage Brut Champagne
92 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of brioche, smoked cheddar, bruised pear, lemon zest, and croissant with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long butter cream, cinnamon dusted apples, black licorice, and Seville oranges finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A muscular champagne with mouthfilling notes of cream pastry.
Champagne Devaux NV Ultra D Extra Brut Champagne
92 points
Light gold color. Aromas of brioche, butter-pecan, and milk and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-long golden raisin, chalk, quartz, and white strawberry finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dense, rich, and complex champagne that offers everyday luxury; cellar.
Castellroig NV Brut Cava DO
92 points
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavors of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A rich and yeasty cava for celebrations and toasts.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Cava
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Comartin Cellars NV Cuvée Jennifer Sonoma County
91 points
Pale amber salmon color. Inviting aromas of buttered brioche, orange marmalade, apricot-mango yogurt, and iced apple Danish with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, subtle, long sourdough with strawberry jam, dried bananas, southern biscuits, and hint of maple finish with moderate oak. A delicious rose Sonoma sparkler that satisfies with classic notes of brioche and succulent strawberry.
Newport Vineyards 2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Southeastern New England
84 points
Pale light golden amber color. Yeasty, fresh aromas of apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts with a round, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.