Wine Cartoons: 3 Top Champagnes for New Year's Eve

© Maryse Chevriere
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Sommelier Maryse Chevriere has a not-so-secret identity. When she isn't pouring at San Francisco's Petit Crenn, she's reigning on Instagram as @freshcutgardenhose, the world's foremost visual interpreter of wine tasting notes. For New Year's Eve, F&W asked her to doodle the flavors of three top Champagnes.

NV Georges Laval Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature Rosé Champagne (above)

Tiny production, organic viticulture, pressing by way of a small old-school Coquard press, natural fermentation via indigenous yeasts, little to no dosage and minimal use of sulfur: these are just a few reasons why this small grower-producer has achieved cult status among cork dorks. Of course, what's in the glass deserves credit too: Champagne with incredible ripeness and depth.

NV Marie Demets Cuvée 19ème Siècle Brut Champagne

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Formed in 1987 by husband and wife team Alain Demets and Marie Brement, this small house in the southern Aube region is known for its exceptional Pinot Noir-driven Champagne. You can often snag it for less than what you might pay for peers of comparable quality.

1976 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

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Ruinart has long been a high-end Champagne powerhouse. The Dom Ruinart label is their "tête de cuvée," a.k.a. the brand's top (and most expensive) bottling produced only in the best years and from a the finest juice.

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