Still a very good glass of BdB. Good Chardonnay fruit, chalk, brioche, hazelnut, lemon with quite high acid. Short aftertaste on day 1, but became longer on day 2. Seemed like some time still before it is ready. Good mousse.
En riktigt bomb till champagne, doften är nästan vulgär men ack så härlig med brioch, brända fat, krut, massa härlig kanderad frukt, marsipan och äpplen. smaken är juvlig men kanske är doften bättre än smaken på detta vin näsa 96 smak 93 så det får bli en 94. Lite av en håll-käften champagne att ta fram om man vill visa hur mycket smak & doft det går att trycka ner i en 750ml flaska.
Vilken underbar utvecklig sedan jag drack det senast. En kraftfull doft med röda äpple, marsipan, massor av mineral, citrus och lite nötiga toner. Väldigt bra balans med ren fin syra, massor av frukt och lång fin eftersmak med lite peppriga toner i slutet.
Excellent Champagne! Very fine Bl. d Bl. Nose is pure and lovely, powerful & big, with gunpowder and minerals, sweet tropical fruits and apples, brioche, almonds, and white flower perfume. On the palate this shows great balance, with signs of maturity showing, lovely stony minerals, brioche, citrus and sweet ripe apples, good length and fine acidity and balance. Lovely Champagne. (93 – 95)
Mostly Baroli gathering at Aggio (Aggio restaurant, Baltimore): Rich ripe yellow fruits, lemon zest, a hint of slightly unripe pineapple, white flowers and mineral. Sweet ripe yellow fruit driven palate impression, good acidity and clean ripe medium finish. Very ripe style, very good concentration and structure.
Man, some tough CT critics of this bottle. I thought it was a winner that evolved beautifully in the glass. Followed over a few hours. Rich, creamy mousse. Baked bread, raisin, green apple, rhubarb, flower petals and lemon zest. After an hour or so, started to pick up nuttiness and burnt coffee grounds. Later still, sweet ripe apple and other sweet fruit dominated. A treat.
After a few if not disappointing, then at least bland experiences from Billecart, this was a very welcome comeback on form. Young, but not painfully so, this is showing good intensity and classic BdB virtues. Very elegant and easy-drinking and still intriguing. Should evolve and gain complexity, but very enjoyable and quite giving now. (92-94)
Small bubbles, notes of lemon and hazelnuts, excellent depth of flavor with a relatively long finish for a sparkler. Pairs very well with food either for a lighter appetizer or a citrus driven dessert. Will likely age well for at least 3-5 years and probably longer, though just a guess as I have limited experience with aged sparkling wines.
WineFanatic Champagne Offline (Vancouver, BC): Light straw colour. Like the ’98 Pol Roger, this was tight at first and needed a solid 30min in the glass to open up. Fresh and very youthful chardonnay nose of citrus, flowers and salinity with just traces of autolytic notes developing after an hour in the glass. On the palate the youthful profiles carries on with crisp citrus and loads of acidity. This needs 3-4 years at least. Excellent. 90+
Small bubbles, and very elegant aromatics: appfelsaft, honey, quince. Light in the palate with creamy mousse and very fine texture. Long and satisfying. Autolysis was there but in a very elegant form. Excellent apperitif Champagne.
Billecart-Salmon tasting at Brown Trading Co. (Portland, Maine): An outstanding example of what to look for in a great Blanc de Blanc. Clean and crisp with laser like prcision and vibrant acidity supported by a depth of fruit flavors and minerality that promises to continue to improve with time sideways. Lean presently with weight and depth picking up in the mid-palate...a wonderful wine.