Champagne and Sparklers (Tracy's, Mpls): Light gold color. 2oz pour. 70C/30PN. Taking the WOTN by storm this was the not at all unexpected class of the evening. Wow, a crystalline minerality on the nose, yeasty, slightly earthy, toasted; wow, long and deep on the penetrating palate, power and depth, but no lack of finesse either. I continue to be impressed by this Champagne, and i can't help but think we are just seeing the infancy of a great wine.
Candied pear, candied ginger, toast, and honey on the nose. Spicy, floral, and saline in the mouth. Tiny beads build to a long, lingering, nutty finish. This is a powerful, impressive Champagne. Wonderful now but with years of aging possible.
A tremendous Champagne - this knocked my socks off. It had such a lovely deep nose, full of white fruit, with white chocolate and bread and yeast and a tiny hint of oxidative white meat notes, all topped-off with a little spice and mineral and a subtle nutty hint. The palate was, in every way, complete. There was a nice creamy depth to the wine, but this was wed to a laser-like precision, with lively acidity and mouthfilling stream of super-fine mousse lending it a great sense of clarity and focus as it unfolded in lovely clean notes of white fruit - apples and pears - chased by juicy citrus nuances, all filling the mouth with lovely bright flavours. I found this to be a study in contrasts: superb depth wed to wonderful transperancy, all very complete, compact, and wonderfully integrated. A long, powerful finish then brought the wine to a delightful end, with a rapier-like thrust of white fruit and citrus zest flecked by little suggestions of minerality. A superb Champange with tons packed into this. Yet, unlike so many 2002s, this needs years to unfurl. I would love to try it again in say 2020-2025.
Friday Night Double Blind Mondo $100+ (Bin 75): Greenish straw with fine bead; some vanilla, lees though not biscuit, fuller and fatter on the nose, lemon curd, coffee, green apple, almond paste; heavier on the palate, nice density, froth, good focus, doesn't seem like BdB, almost a smoky minerality, green apple on long finish; very noble, not as complete as a Krug but plenty of polish like it.
Vivid and young. Dry and flavorful champagne which tastes of citrus fruits (grape fruit?), apples and minerals. It's a win-win wine: pop it now and you won't be disappointed, wait and you'll be rewarded. It will age gracefully.
Light-medium gold color. Drank several glasses over 2.5 hours. I opened this for our Valentine's Day dinner Friday night and it certainly did not disappoint. Hadn't had it in a little over 2 years and it really has improved. I think this is now hitting its prime drinking window and yet will continue to improve over the next 6+ years. The bead is almost explosive with very small speedy bubbles. The nose has focused apple and lemon aromas, fresh sea air, and the most delicate yeast notes. The palate has great intensity, power, but deft and exquisitely refined, apple, pear, lemon chiffon, precise sea shore minerality, just a touch of subtle yeast, and a long evocative finish. This was a wine of intensity and depth, but not heavy or clumsy at all. Delicious.
Rich aromas of butter, bread dough, lemon, fennel, ginger, and pear. Intense on the palate with flinty notes of nectarines, ginger, lemon, and sea shells. Grapefruit on the finish. A very forward Champagne but perfectly balanced and delicious. Tastes great now but certainly has the guts for long term aging.
750ml; PnP; transparent medium yellow color not showing advanced age; nose of lemon, slight grapefruit, ocean air, flower; flavors of white grape, lemon and mandarin orange custard up front followed by brioche/dinner rolls followed by minerals and earthiness. Citrus and minerals hang around for minutes. I'm liking this, especially as it opens up.
The piper wines have never appealed to me but WOW is this GREAT champagne. It came out of left field. Stone crabs from Joes and this was in front and it was a better pairing than I could have expected. Lots of lemon, stone, pear and hints of apricot. It was all there with unfolding layers of fruit and a very precise wine. Simply excellent. I also took champagneinhand's recommendation and kept this on ice, open, for 1 hour before drinking.
Crush's Annual Champagne Gala 2014 (Crush Wine & Spirits, Midtown Manhattan.): Hate the bottle - love the contents. The nose is bready with toast, malt balls, lemon - rich and delicious. Similar on the palate with malt balls, bread, toast, lemon and nuts, and a bit of spice. This is a warm, generous and sweet style of champagne that has an excellent structure to support it. Killer stuff. Maybe a tad below the last two superb showings. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 17-17.5/20.
Dinner with the family at WD-50 (WD-50, NYC): Dad's bottle. This stuff is good. It's not the edgiest or most cut champagne out there, but damn it is delicious. Nose of toast, vanilla creme, malt balls, red apples, flint, maybe a bit of meyer lemon as well. Very forward and rich nose, but it clearly has the structure to age. The palate is similar - brioche, toast, vanilla creme and malt balls lead, then the red apple and some nice minerality. The mousse is soft and fine. This is on the richer side, but has some verve and will age well. Showing well and consistent with my last note. Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 17/20.
Suburb Champagne even though it is just a baby. Will earn higher points in years to come.
When tasted too cold at first the sheer concentration of flavour and rapier-like acidity on the finish is remarkable. When it warms up the acid tones down a degree and complexity emerges but the concentration of flavour is still prominent. At 12 years of age it is tightly wound but not closed. Enjoy now but best kept for a few years and then enjoyed over a decade.
one the best of my beloved 2002 vintage so far. As good as tasted in 05/12. Great roasting aromas as nuts, coffee, espresso, powerful and elegant, very long finish, a baby, give him 20 more years, potential to 97-98, well balanced acidity and sweetness (50+5+13+18+9)
I was suprised, drank it Champions League final 2013, piper heidsick was never my favorite champagne, but this wine is sublime, still in his young age, brioche, toast, nuts, toffee, coffee, red berries, very long finish, balanced, drink it now over the next 20 years, the best drinkable 2002 I know
Medium yellow color. Powerful, deep nose of peach, raspberry, nuts, honey, pear. Definitely needs time in the glass, which reveals additional aromas of smoke and nougat. Dry, medium-full body with a rich texture, the palate shows notes of pear, nuts, red apple, and peach. A long finish and well integrated at this point.
Golden colour. Complex, 'biscuity' nose. A delicate palate with tropical fruit and fully integrated soft citrus acidity on the palate with a 'luxury' feel from nose to the long ending. Very approachable indeed. No flaws IMO - as good as it gets.
Rare is an apt name for this Champagne, the premium release has only been produced by the Piper-Heidsick house on 7 occasions with 2002 one such occasion. The wine is a light golden colour in the glass, the nose is an intricate web of stone fruits and almond-meal aromas.
This wine is seamless from start to finish, with balance it's key. The journey on the palate begins with white peach that is rounded by rich autolysis characters, the precise acid keeps all the wines components in check and is the counterpoint to the wonderfully complex fruit characters that make this Champagne so good. Review Link - www.winereviewer.com.au (drink from 2014-2022)
Tasting with friends. Excellent. Crisp, fresh, bright, Great color of straw with tiny bubbles. Nose of lemon, brioch, hint of caramel and vanilla. Creamy full bodied on palate with great attack of lemon and apricot with dry creamy texture and a bright acidity on the finish.
Definitely the best champagne I've ever had, but can't say it's worth the price. The texture, body, and acidity are incredible, but not much complexity to the aromas and favors. Some nice apple, citrus, yeasty, minerality, but I somehow expected more... I must say that this went very well with everything at dinner - from the salad, to the veggies, potatoes, and even prime rib.
Crush's Champagne Gala 2013 (Crush Wine & Spirits, Midtown Manhattan): Greenish straw. Big yeasty, gueuzy nose just jumps from the glass; butterscotch, an interesting herbal note (lemon verbena, I'd say), coffee grounds, white chocolate, raspberry coulis -- wow! What a nose... The palate is silken and sophisticated, with good acid. Medium mousse, very finely grained. Good sweetness, but showing much less than the nose -- nectarines, cream, steel. Excellent length. This is first-rate! Wow! A great wine.
Aromas of white flowers, pear, rock melon and ginger. Some yeastiness on the nose with an awkward oxidative note. On the palate reasonable precision and vibrancy, apple flavours, with sufficient mid palate weight. However, for a wine of this stature, lacking sufficient complexity and a bit of a disappointment. The fruit seemed a little tired. 89.
This bottle disappeared in a blink of an eye, it was outstanding. The mousse was perfect, the palate in total balance. Nice toastiness, a little tang of grapefruit, almost sweet without being sugary. Possibly my favorite champagne of all time... Very fairly priced, given the price of top champagnes these days...
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Very nice bottle though probably not worth the cost. The acid is a bit high for a perfect balance, but the finish is elegant with a vanilla infused toast. I'm certain this will improve over time, but hard to justify the price when you can grab comtes or vintage bollinger for a similar/lower price.
Beautiful vintage champagne and a big surprise. Wonderful notes of vanilla, light honey and pear on the nose. In the mouth, creamy and smooth, perfect balance and refreshing acidity. This is worth seeking out!
Very good. Similar to brut rare nv. Also similar in quality to pipers vintage champagnes which are among my favorites. Only criticism is that the bubbles are a little on the weak side. Not sure if its worth the price.
2002 Champagne Tasting (Jan's House): A great way to start the Champagne tasting. Apple, biscuit, spice, orange peel and lemon. This got a little better when it warmed up and it is quite complex. Medium to long finish. While it lacks the depth of some of the other wines tonight it is a solid. I would not spend $125 on another bottle however.
Top Rated 2002 Champagne Tasting (Jan's Place, St. Paul, MN): Pale gold color. Drank 1 glass over 1 hr. 70% Chard/30%PN. Nice nose with fresh air, dough, yeast, citrus, apple. This was rather delicate on the palate, medium body, lively, mineral, pear, citrus, apple, biscuit. Medium finish. Very nicely done.
Fresh ripe orange blossoms, satsuma mandarins v pleasant drinking without taking itself too seriously. However , good depth of yeasty perfumed freshly baked brioche bread an interesting 100 plus finish. V delectable.
Rich nose of brioche, exotic fruit, chinese apple, smoke and spice on the nose, more of the same on the palate, mouthfilling, exotic, needs age to reach its peak-about 4 years, nice medium/long finish makes you want another taste.
Very intense nose, yeasty, cake, nuts, apples; extremely creamy mouth, intense, tons of citrus & yeast, carameld apple; very fine, light creaminess with a touch of minerals and earth and fine chalk; long finish.
Champagne Producer Tour, 2011 (Champagne, France): Tasted with Christian at the Pavillion disgorged 2010, 73% Chardonnay, 27% Pinot Noir nose: seashells, sweet bread palate: just slightly incomplete now, underneath is something silken, tight, and pulsing with frothy energy. The rest of my notes say: "Wow. This is going to be awesome." This wine was eye-opening. Having been fullly enamored with the Charles Heidsieck line compared to the Pipers throughout the tasting, I wasn't even close to prepared to taste this. Was I got was an electric shock of pure, crack-laced mineral shot through my veins with high-strung, glamorously crazed citrus. Having personally never taken heroin, this is what I imagine drinking it would be like. SImply extraordinary. Amazing. Incomprehensible. Hallucinatory. I sure hope I'm not going to go all Trainspotting trying to recreate the experience....in fact, I'm afraid to be dissapointed if I ever get a chance to taste this again. What a ride.
(Decanter Fine Wine Encounter Vintage Champagne Masterclass)
Info on the wine: Chardonnay dominated by Pinot Noir, high proportion from Trepail ja Villes, Marney in the Montagne de Reims. Fermented in inox tanks with full malolactic, 8 grams dosage.
Info on the vintage: a good start and good flowering, rest of summer was uneven, a lot of rain at the end of August, but ideal wather after Sept 10th, big crop of high quality
Bright color (highly carbonated). The nose is a bit closed, sweet and fruity (pear) on a background of baked bread. Full mouth, a bit low in acid, round, very fruity, medium aftertaste. Already drinkable but could easily age for a long time.
Vintage Champagne Masterclass (Landmark Hotel. London, U.K.): Somewhat muted nose. The palate is dry, dried white fruits are so vibrant, tastes right out of the dehydrator. This wine is incredibly muscular, bold acidity and vibrant bubbles. This is young and not so approachable at this stage. That being said... this will be awesome in 10 years...