Geez this is good. Just a very round, deep, layered wine that is in a great place right now. Dark color and really dark blackberry fruit, but it also shows a different dimension with some smooth tobacco and cassis. Very elegant wine that is in a great place right now.
My third time with this wine. Really on of the better Champagnes that I have had. Just showing well with lots of structure and bubbling over with youth. Fun to drink and hard to put down. And did I mention it went great with the food?
We thought this may be over the hill as it came from a stash of reportedly improperly stored wines. Bottle had low neck fill. The wine needed a little air after opening, but it got darker (from its initially light and rusty color) and the fruit came into the foreground with the acid receding. Very drinkable and in a very elegant, earthy style. Certainly well past peak, but it's still fun to drink. Definitely didn't seem heat damaged.
This was supposed to be dead because provenance was not just unknown, but reportedly poor. Interestingly enough, fill level was high (low neck) and cork came out relatively easily. Needed a little audouzing, but showed great deep nose of coffee and blackberry with some black currant. Really a meaty wine that had good balance. Color was getting darker and body becoming fuller with increased audouzing. Really a great experience to drink this.
Low shoulder fill and signs of heavy seepage. Was pretty clear to me that this is over the hill. I opened it and just smelling it was enough to pour it down the drain. I imagine that this was what raw sewage water smells like. Yuck.