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"World Champagne Day" Taste 10 Sparkling Wines

Wednesday Oct 17 2018

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Murphy's Atlanta Wine Tasting

Our biggest wine tasting event!

Wine tasting starts at 6:30 pm and lasts until 8:30 pm.

$27.23 per person ($25 + $2.23 sales tax)

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Prepare for "World Champagne Day" in style on Wednesday, October 17th at Murphy's!

You'll taste 10 champagnes and sparkling wines paired with finger food from Murphy's. Below is the fabulous lineup of wines you'll enjoy and our reservation form...


Cantine Maschio, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Maschio dei Cavalieri Superiore

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Cantine Maschio
Region Veneto, Italy
Grape Glera
Appellation Prosecco


Maschio dei Cavalieri is the perfect marriage of the best traditions of Prosecco and modern taste. Maschio dei Cavalieri offers a “Grand Cru” style, luxurious, sensuous experience. Rive di Colbertaldo refers to the very delimited slopes of Colbertado where Maschio dei Cavalieri is born. Prosecco of Rive di Colbertaldo is subject to very stringent rules, requiring extremely limited yields and hand picking of the grapes. A blend of innovation and tradition, Maschio dei Cavalieri establishes a new dimension for Italian Sparkling wine.


Langlois-Chateau, Crémant de Loire Brut

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Langlois-Chateau
Region Loire Valley, France
Grapes Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc
Appellation Crémant de Loire


Founded in 1885 by Edouard Langlois and Jeanne Chateau (hence the name), Langlois-Chateau has a rich history as one of the leading producers in the Loire Valley. In 1973, the Bollinger family invested in Langlois, significantly revitalizing the vineyards and modernizing the cellar. Bollinger was naturally attracted by Langlois’ Crémant de Loire production, but the estate has become a leading quality producer in Sancerre, Saumur and other areas.

Langlois-Chateau owns and manages 175 acres of the best AOC vineyards in the Loire Valley. For their Crémants they have an intensely terroir-focused approach of drawing the best characteristics from 6 distinct vineyard areas and soil types in order to create complex and refined wines. The crown jewel of their Sancerre holdings is at Château de Fontaine-Audon, from which they produce a single-vineyard Sancerre of the same name. Langlois maintains a sustainable approach to vineyard management and holds the “Terra Vitis” certification.
62% of the estate’s production is devoted to Crémant. These sparkling wines are treated far beyond category standards and at the level of only the very top Champagne producers. Grapes are hand harvested in small bins, pressed gently, aging is at least 36 months (versus 12 month minimum), and reserve wines are incorporated. The still Sancerre whites from Langlois are equally notable and are benchmarks for the appellation, with brightness, intensity, depth and minerality.


Ferrari, Brut

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Ferrari
Region Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Grape Chardonnay
Appellation Trentino


Established in northern Italy’s Trentino region over a century ago, Ferrari has earned a worldwide reputation as the premier source of luxury metodo classico sparkling wines from Italy.
All Ferrari wines are produced according to the regulations of the metodo classico Trento D.O.C, a process akin to that used by the finest Champagne houses. Ferrari’s best-known wines – Ferrari Brut, Perlé and Giulio Ferrari – are blanc de blancs, meaning they are made from 100% Chardonnay, apparent in their remarkable delicacy and finesse.
Ferrari was founded in 1902 by Giulio Ferrari. After studying in France, Giulio returned to Trentino convinced that his native region’s terroir was ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes suitable for the production of world-class sparkling wines. A pioneer in Italian viticulture, Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay – and by 1906 the awards had begun to roll in. Ferrari was well on its way to producing what would soon become the most famous sparkling wine in all of Italy. In fact, Ferrari is a perennial 22-time winner of the Tre Bicchieri award, Italy’s highest wine accolade, often with Giulio Ferrari and with the most recent honor going to the 2005 Ferrari Perlé Nero bottling in 2012.
In 1952, Giulio Ferrari, not having any children, chose friend and local merchant Bruno Lunelli as successor for his beloved business. Today, the third generation of the Lunelli family is at the helm, overseeing 300 acres of prime estate vineyards in Trentino. Production is in the hands of a capable team of eight winemakers, led by chief winemaker Marcello Lunelli, and four agronomists. The pursuit of excellence in all areas of Ferrari production and management is an enduring family legacy with several cousins involved from the new generation: Marcello’s cousin, Matteo Lunelli, is the Chairman of Ferrari F.lli Lunelli SpA, Camilla Lunelli heads up global communications, and Alessandro Lunelli, an engineer by training, is responsible for planning and technical oversight.


Champagne Laherte Frères, Champagne Brut Ultradition

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Champagne Laherte Frères
Region Champagne, France
Grapes Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Appellation Champagne


The Laherte family is special. The 10-hectare-vineyard is run by the two Laherte brothers, as well as Thierry's son, Aurlien. Since 2004, the sixth generation has been giving a new dimension to the estate. Indeed, following in his fathers footsteps, Aurlien understood that the estates true philosophy lies in taking time to do things well and being satisfied with naturally ripe and healthy grapes. Aurlien is now carefully managing this treasure passed on from one generation to the next since decades: a family know-how and living vines.
Today, all the family members are working hand in hand to preserve this precious Terroir passed on by their forefathers and try to create wines that are just like them - pure, sincere and authentic. Throughout the year, they work in the most traditional and natural way possible. With help from a small team consisting of about ten employees during spring and summer time, they do their best to let each vine stock grow and express itself. They give priority to winegrowing techniques based on natural and dynamic practices by: plant infusions to improve natural defence systems, - high foliage so that the photosynthesis ensures a nice maturity, - planning the pruning work and treatments on favourable days in order to strengthen our vine stocks. It is absolutely essential to manage the soil with great care in order to preserve its balance and make it loose and able to be home to a natural and diversified wildlife.

Marie Courtin, Champagne Extra Brut Résonance

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Marie Courtin
Region Champagne, France
Grape Pinot Noir
Appellation Champagne

"This is a breathtaking set of wines. If Moreau keeps making wines like these she will soon be one of the superstars of Champagne. Do whatever you can to taste these fabulous wines." - Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate
Dominique Moreau founded Marie-Courtin in 2005 in Polisot in the southernly Cote des Bars region of Champagne. This oftoverlooked area is seeing a mini-revolution of small producers casting aside their former roles as nameless farmers for the Grand Marques and producing stunning Champagnes of their own. Moreau is a true believer of biodynamics. With its slightly warmer temperatures, and Kimmeridgian sub soils, this area is particularly prized for its Pinot Noir grapes. Moreau created the estate with a vision to produce a series of single-vineyard, single varietal, single vintage Champagnes from biodynamically grown grapes that are farmed with meticulous care. Dominique named her estate after her grandmother, Marie Courtin, whom she describes as a woman of the earth.
Her 100% Pinot Noir Champagnes are sourced from a single hillside vineyard with clay and limestone soil. The vines are 35- 40 years old and are well tended to produce low, concentrated yields. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with native yeasts. The wine receives no added sulfur and or dosage.The combination of low yields, clay-limestone soils (with bands of Kimmeridgian) and an east/southeast exposure gives the wines both power and cut, with an intense brininess and minerality at their core. The estate makes three cuvees, Resonance, Efflorescence, and Concordance. Resonance is fermented in stainless steel, the Efflorescence in used barriques. The grapes for Efflorescence tend to come from the bottom of the hill, which she says has greater power and potential. At harvest, the grapes are all harvested by hand. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts that have been selected from their vineyards and cultivated separately. These native yeasts are used for both the primary and secondary fermentations. Lastly, there is no dosage added upon disgorgement.Dominique embraces a spiritual philosophy in her production and viticulture. In one particular technique, she uses pendulums (often used in energy healing practices) in both the vineyard and cellar to aid in evaluating both the evolution of the grapes on the vine as well as the wine during elevage. She explains that the pendulum changes its natural rhythm and swing based on the energy emitted from a living being, whether person, vineyard, or wine.The names of the wines carry spiritual significance for Dominique as well. Resonance refers to the balancing energies of earth and sky that affect the creation of a wine from its surrounding terroir. For Dominique, Efflorescence refers to something that evolves in perpetuity. Starting with the evolution encouraged by the small oxygen exchange in barrel, she feels that this wine in particular will show a very different face at each stage of its development in bottle. She recommends that both wines be served in traditional white wine glasses to allow for their development through increased aeration.


Champagne Piollot Père et Fils, Champagne Brut de Maceration Rosé (2014)

Type Wine - Sparkling - Rosé
Producer Champagne Piollot Père et Fils
Region Champagne, France
Grape Pinot Noir
Appellation Champagne


Champagne Piollot is produced by Roland Piollot and his wife Dominique Moreau (who is also the winemaker for Champagne Marie Courtin) from vines owned by Roland’s family in the Aube, a tiny region between the Côtes des Blancs and the Côtes des Bar. Roland’s father was extremely passionate about vineyard work, and replanted all of the vineyards using sélection massale, and even keeping some of the old Pinot Blanc vineyards. In 1986, Roland decided to bottle the wines himself, and since 2009, they have converted the vines to organic farming. The house style is based on crispness and elegance.


Bollinger, Champagne Brut Special Cuvée

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Bollinger
Region Champagne, France
Appellation Champagne


In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.
With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance. Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.
Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.
Members of the British Royal Court were among the first to embrace Bollinger’s unmistakable quality, and Queen Victoria made Bollinger the exclusive purveyor to the Court by Royal Warrant in 1884. Besides royalty, loyal devotees have included heads of state, celebrities and even famous fictional characters: Agent 007, James Bond, demands the exclusive Champagne Bollinger.


Bollinger, Champagne Brut La Grande Année Rosé (2005)

Type Wine - Sparkling - Rosé
Producer Bollinger
Region Champagne, France
Appellation Champagne

Pol Roger, Champagne Brut Extra Cuvée de Réserve

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Pol Roger
Region Champagne, France
Grapes Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Appellation Champagne


The Pol Roger family takes extreme pride in more than160 years producing some of world’s finest Champagne. Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated.
Pol Roger owns close to 50% of the vineyards used for their Champagne production, a true rarity in this region of large firms. Using strict guidelines, grapes are sourced exclusively from 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that rate at an average of 95 points on the Échelle des Crus classification system. (In each vintage, the Échelle des Crus system, or ladder of growths, operates on a percentile basis to fix grape prices of each cru, or delimited vineyard area in the Champagne appellation; Pol Roger’s vineyards, therefore, rank close to the highest quality possible among the Grande Marque Champagne houses.) Prior to final blending each lot is aged on its own, separated by village, vineyard, grower and grape variety. Once blended, each bottle of Champagne Pol Roger is hand riddled in the cellars deep below the Epernay château. In effect, each bottle of Cuvée Champagne is hand-made. Pol Roger Champagnes are the marriage of power and elegance.
“Pol Roger is the 'gentlemen's' Champagne,” as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in 'Voyage en Champagne". It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill, and even the British royal family should have made it their favorite over the years. This refinement reflects a whole lifestyle. It is also a source of infinite pleasure. Pol Roger Champagne has a soul, created by the union of a family's spirit and the character of a vineyard.”


Pol Roger, Champagne Brut plan de blancs (2004)

Type Wine - Sparkling - White
Producer Pol Roger
Region Champagne, France
Grape Chardonnay
Appellation Champagne

The 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs is exclusively made from Chardonnays selected from the Grands Crus of the Côte des Blancs : Oiry, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Oger. Produced in limited quantities, this Cuvée has been aged for 9 years in our cellars before being released onto the market. 

The wine diplays a vibrant yellow colour and is characterized by a remarkable effervescence in the glass. On the nose, the immediate impression is of fresh butter which gives way to notes of quince and citrus fruit underpinned by floral hints and finally revealing aromas of lightly toasted brioche, indicative of the complexity of the wine. On the palate, the true elegance of the wine is shown; marrying a wonderfully lively yet balanced mouth feel with distinctive flavours of citrus fruit, brioche, candied peel and acacia honey. The finish shows a remarkable length, as well as being both buttery-rich and full-bodied, yet graceful and light.

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