American wine and champagne critic James Suckling has recently released his list of 100 top wines of 2020, which includes two top champagnes.

At 56th place, he includes Henri Giraud Argonne 2012 with 99 points, and at 100th place, he lists Dom Pérignon 2010 with 98 points.

Henri Giraud Argonne 2012

In his notes of August 2020, he writes that this is an extraordinary champagne with aromas of strawberries, spice, dried apples, clementines and subtle bread dough. Dried oranges, too. Full-bodied, yet so tight, compact and powerful with a solid core of fruit and a finish that goes on forever. Superb structure and complexity. One for the cellar.

Dom Pérignon 2010

In his notes of July 2020, he likes how this champagne shows such a drinkability already yet it remains precise, solid and dry on the palate. The tropical fruits are there in the glass like you expect from DP, such as pineapple, white peach, and mango, not to mention the pie crust and bread dough. Yet it’s linear and finely textured with a brightness and vividness.

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