Interesting coming off the heels of (but not side by side with) the '00 Goisses. I really like this wine, and from recall memory liked it the better of the two. Others disagreed. I found the Comtes a little rounder, richer, and more open; the Goisses much leaner and more focused. Stylistic preference, I guess. Very good now, but doesn't seem to be in any risk of fading.
Grand champagne. Des effluves de patisseries et de beurre. Crème chantilly et bulles abondantes. En bouche, c'est trrrrès long et sur des notes briochées avec une acidité de noblesse. On ne peut que de s'agenouiller devant un tel vin. Mon meilleur champagne à vie. 95-96 sur 100.
Still a very young Champagne. Light yellow in color. Fat texture and some sulfur which dissipated. Medium acidity but with Chardonnay fruit semi hidden behind. Citrus, lime, hazelnuts and brioche. Pleasant medium mousse. Needs more time.
WOTN and absolutely singing tonight; rich, full and deep with notes of toffee and spice, both freshness and smoothness, this seems to be in a perfect place. (- from HSA, #celebratingblindtastingchampionship)
A beautiful and profound wine, the 2000 Comtes delivers elegant fruit and deep lovely minerals. With impeccable balance this Champagne is without doubt a masterpiece. The palate is perfectly integrated with a creamy and silky fine grained mousse. This wine does not flirt with its power, which is certainly there, but rather on well-behaved and discrete elegance. A lovely wine which deserves all the merit it could possibly get. A tremendous effort!
A 60th Birthday Dinner (Nopa, San Francisco): Based upon 2 bottles which were very consistent. Light color. Gentle, transient mousse. Dry, ginger, some vanilla and lemon, great acidity, and essence of stone on the finish. Very fine.
Epic bubbles (blinded) (Zorg's place, Umeå, Sweden): Smells like it were made using American oak. Grande nose with some stale aromas indicating some age. Rich, intense, long but rather straight-forward and non-complex. No problem to drink this as a quaffer.
Bright floral and delicate lime aromas. Nice clean rich feminine quality shows wonderfully. Chardonnay fruity appeal comes across like a grand cru Chablis with fine intense bubbles. Yummy stuff. With lots of subtle nuances, amazingly fresh and bright.
Blind December Lunch (Lupo): Youthful and yeasty nose. Nice weight and body. Really good acidity. CdC always shows up. Like white burg with bubbles. Should drink well before the 96. Enjoy now or hold for decades. Excellent. 92+
After drinking the 05 this is a nice contrast, a little more mature and refined. It is lacking some of the vivid apple and green fruit of the 05 but more than making up for that with a great smokey lemon nose. On the palate sweet citrus fruit hits with real depth and concentration with nice acidity and a long finish. Delish!
Champagne: Mineralità punto e basta, crema pasticciera al limone, panificazione, pietra focaia, mare, funghi e tartufi; inconfondibile. Bocca perfetta, equilibrio sapido e gioco tra dolce/salato, terra/mare. Assoluto. Splendido.
At first sniff I was struck with the gorgeous fruit that makes you go "wow". Doughy, yeasty aromas also figure prominently here. On the palate, rich and opulent without going over the top, with ample juicy acid. Right in my wheelhouse for champagne, lovely stuff.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - May '14 edition (Ben's (NYC)): My impressions haven't changed that much from a few years ago. This is a good, not great CdC with ripe fruit framed by doughy and yeasty flavours, but it feels a touch soft on the palate without the acidity I'd like, and some dosage sweetness still noticeable on the back end. A really good Champagne, but not the fireworks display I typically expect Comtes to be.
Creamy and smokey on the nose. Very crisp but delicate flavours of toast, citrus, hazelnuts and chalky minerals. This kept on unfolding over several hours. Plenty of stuffing, and just a fantastic bottle of Champagne.
Light gold colored. Smells plumb flower, leather. With slight creamy butter taste. Balanced with hint of oak, nothing is too standing out. Long finish, honey, slight smoke. Fine, long lasting bubbles and just got better as time goes by. I was expecting a bit more "punch" though, just too elegant!
Golden yellow in colour. Brioche and yeasty nose. Also lemon tart. Very fruity on the palate. Apple, lemon. Log finish. Moderate bubbles. Lovely balance. Mid acidity. Favourite champagne I've tasted to date.
There were traces of sulphur on some of the other Champagnes tasted tonight and I am reasonably tolerant of them at low levels but here, for me, it was quite overpowering and off-putting. If you could dig below the sulphur there was quite an attractive, pungent nose of dried fruit, candied orange, Turkish delight, Asian spice and some smokiness. On palate, again beneath the sulphur, there was some beautiful fruit expressing peach and caramel. The flavours were rich and complex with relatively vibrant fruit. I also worried that the wine was a bit too broad, but decided that it was not. Real intellectual interest but flawed, so 90.
A lovely mousse. Light straw color but not pale. Lemon zest, mandarin orange, hints of yeast, full body on this champagne but delicate in nature. Not too youthful, what a change from my last bottle. Seems to be maturing faster than expected. Would drink over next 5 years.
San Diego WineSpectator.com Offline, 11/9/2013 (Nine-Ten Restaurant, La Jolla, California): Clear light straw color, lighter than the 1998 Henriot. Persistent medium-fine bead. Seaquam, our polite Canadian, noted some "funk, earth, and coffee" on the nose. Me? I thought it smelled like skunk. Which is distressing, because I own several bottles of this, and had planned to open the first one for Thanksgiving, but now won't. Hope this was just an off bottle. Seaquam offered that this wine was tight, out-of-balance, and needs several more years, but may ultimately prove a more longer-lived wine than the 1998 Henriot. I hope he's right. It did improve with air, eventually yielding some smoky lemon oil, bread dough, apples, and white pepper.
Great Champagne! Soft and expansive with fine bubbles and a long finish. This was something special. Used larger wine stems to capture all the aromas. Enjoyed this with Tuna tartar made with a wasabi/avacado aioli.
TN: EWG Wine Dinner at Tom's: Beautiful light biscuity nose, ripe melon fruit, pistacchio and an intense vinous streak; powerful and intense yet creamy, soft and elegant. Super long finish. Starting to hit its stride but has a long way to go. Epitome of great BdB.
Tasted and looked way younger than its age. Virant fruit and nearly clear color provided great enjoyment of lemon and other citrus with a touch of french bread crust in the mid palate. Great food starter. Paired the best with raw tuna crostini.
A beautiful flat out marvelous effort, the 2000 Comtes delivers an abundance of elegant fruit and deep profound minerals. The balance is impeccable and there is no doubt complexity is hidden behind a rather thin veil of youth. The palate is perfectly integrated with a creamy soft but yet expressive mousse. This wine does not play on strings of power, but rather on well-behaved and discrete elegance. A lovely wine which deserves all the merit it can possibly get. A super effort!
A pale color, nose of grapefruits. Very acidic, fresh, nice minerality and citrus notes. Clean crisp and graceful. Fairly full bodied, some yeastiness gives it a nice mouthfeel. and a pleasant long finish. Still a youngster and will likely improve dramatically with some bottle age. All in all, a very nice wine even in its early youth.
A private lunch (Restaurant The Ledbury **, London, UK): Vibrant, almost fluorescent colour, quite full, very fine mousse; quite a rounded and toasty style for CdC, ripe citrus fruit (grapefruit), perhaps not as seamless and silky as in certain other vintages, fresh but not tight; good length, the finish shows lovely minerality. 93.
Even though it`s very youthful, this shined and offered much of what one expects from this each vintage which is its rich and full body, toasty bread dough, a touch of pepper to assist the bounty of fresh spicy ripe citrus, pear and apple notes.
My 40th at The Ledbury (The Ledbury, London): Good thwack of reductive, struck match aroma on the nose. Quite tight still, with minerality, and a slightly creamy apple note coming through the mind-palate with some spicy vanilla. Very promising, but needs time. ****
Most likely the best Champagne I have ever tasted. Like all great wines it is neither voluptuousness, nor a nose or palate explosion which makes me tick. It is the perfect integration combined with the full-bodied yet super elegant experience. This is the type of wine which fills out every part of your nostrils with beautiful minerals like wet granite and slate. The fruit plays alongside nicely but it is meticulously balanced. The palate is super integrated and delivers a tremendous length on the finish. Actually the finish reminds me of liquid velvet. The overall impression is a wine which will benefit from further cellaring, but shares its well-preserved secrets intricately if tasted now. A super effort! (score is 95-96)
(Served at NYE dinner with 2000 Billecart-Salmon cuvée Nicolas Billecart, 1996 Henriot Brut Millésimé, NV Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle, 2002 Bollinger La Grande Année and NV André Clouet cuvée 1911.)
Loads of acidity and citrus. Still a very young wine that almost punches you in the face. I prefer Taittinger Blancs when they've mellowed a bit and more of the complexities come through with a graceful style. Give this another 5 years before coming back to it.
Med 2002 och 2004 i färskt minne så är 2000 ett gott vin men ligger i skymundan av dessa två. Com ju lite sent på kvällen men det imponerade inte så mycket på mig. Känns svagar nu än när det släpptes och kanske är inne i någon fas. Tycker många 2000 är lite fladdriga generellt just nu.
This was an extension of the 99`[ tasted just prior] with about twice as much being delivered over the palate in intensity and complexity; I loved it and will exercise patience in opening any more for 5+ years and well beyond.
Nose - sulphur and rotting apples. Yeast and hops. Palate - very dry. Grapefruit and apricots. Quite leathery mouthfeel. Noticeable astringency, with quite tart aftertaste. Medium finish. Was this a defective bottle? 88 pts.
The Eleventh Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): Saturday, November 24, 2012 - Magnum Dinner (Ontario): From magnum. medium Lemon in colour with an extremely aromatic nose. This just bursts out of the glass with lemon, minerals, chalk and an amazingly complex lees character. I would have assumed that this also saw quite a bit of barrel time given the roundness and subtle oak flavours but according to the house, it only sees 5%. The palate was spectacular...so mineral driven with lemon, lime, stone fruit, chalk, honey and almost marmalade note. This is so rich and unctuous. The finish is long, big and complex with just a gorgeous mineral element that really brings all the other flavours together. Great depth and balance.
Once in Lifetime...: From magnum, light golden colour, persistent mousse. The nose of this Champagne just soars from the glass with notes of lemon zest, crushed rocks, copious amounts of yeast and biscuit notes, fresh ground coffee, light oak/barrel funk and with time, this opens up to reveal further notes of carmelized sugar and grated ginger. On the palate, this has a very rich, round and creamy mouthfeel, with a brisk streak of acidity, which serves as nice counterbalance to the rich ripe fruit. The slightly chalky finish is long and framed by notes of lemon and lime peel, mineral and ginger. My only qualm with this Champagne was that it could do with a bit more finesse and elegance, however, this would definitely be a winner for those who prefer a bigger and boisterous Champagne. This is aged 5% in oak, one third of it new, which is not offensive, and adds a good deal of complexity.
Very toasty, nutty, not so much meaty or oxidative. If I had tasted this alone I might have said it was the best Champagne I'd tried to date, but I had it alongside the Winston Churchill...that said, I could see a different palate preferring the one over the other. This wine is very taut and tense, a character I love, and it's more reserved, compared to the Churchill's relative brashness.
HDH auction tasting at Tru (Chicago, IL): Slightly candied nose. Notes of tropical yellow fruits like pineapples and candied apple. Slightly sweet flavours; feels like it was made from some relatively ripe fruit. Medium intensity on the palate. Very fresh and delicious. This would lack the acidic bent to pair with oysters. Though well-made, not a particularly inspiring bottle of champagne.
A Chateauneuf Papies-Odyssey (The Papies, Elizabeth St, London): Consistently a great champagne. 92-93. A rounder expression of a Blanc de Blancs, yeasty, toasty notes , nice smoky fee to it and very expressive. We feel this is the right time to be enjoyed. A good crowd pleaser as well and at a decent price. 92-93
Used to test the comparison between Reidel Vinum and Sommelier champagne glasses. While a true sceptic I was impressed with the difference. The vinum created a strong spritzy, acidic attack whereas the sommelier was smooth, elegant, structured and balanced. Not usually impressed but I was this time. Strong brioche notes with good acidity and minerality with apple and apricot nuances. Deep almost amber color, big mouth feel but not as creamy as I like. Solid finish.
Another great showing. Smoky feel, toast, yeasty. A lot rounder, less acidic than one would expect from a BdB but its a style that fits our palate very nicely. Smooth light citrus but it gives a feeling of toffee on the finish. Medium length. A bit low on the vitality side so we do have to question its aging potential. Big crowd pleaser too and at £70 it is good value. Drink now , 93
Third or fourth bottle I’m having of this Champagne, and I’m still not impressed. You expect so much more from this producer and especially this cuvee. (Had other vintages who has been great, such as the outstanding 96 and the fabulous 98) This vintage of CdC does not hold enough acid to lift the rest to the higher grounds or make it a wine for longtime cellaring with development, also not enough minerallity and complexity , and it’s frankly speaking a bit dull. 2000 are on the other hand not a favorite/great vintage from Champagne, so that might be one reason. Still, 90 solid points is not bad, it’s not just up where it should be. After all, it does have a price tag to match, together with a track record, but to me it doesn’t in this vintage. Hopefully the 2002 will be great, as so many other Champagnes from this vintage I have tasted are. (The Tattinger Brut reserve NV tonight was actually just about 1 point below the CdC.)
JSM@RSJ Pre2000 Right Bank Offline (RSJ Restaurant, London): A bit of sulphur initially, then cream, slightly appley fruit. Hard to get much out of this in what's essentially little more than a Paris gobbler, but very smooth and elegant. Decent length too. Nose developing a nicely floral quality. Lovely. ****
Shy on the nose with yellow fruit with greener nuances, lemon, honey, chalk, hazelnuts and slight smoke. A bit reductive feel at first. Quite dry and surprisingly lightbodied palate with lively refreshing acidity and smooth creamy moussé, but also showing some tartness and green apple and rhubarb zing. Creamy toffee towards the refreshing aftertaste. Young and a bit disjointed but pretty promising still. A style that needs age to find its elegance.
This is not a vintage I like very much. It is no real acidity here to get the structure right. It becomes a bit clumsy and uninteresting. It still has some lovely fruit but for the price I expect more.
Champagnedagen 2012 (Grand Hotel, Stockholm): Nose: ripe apples, some honey, hints of vanilla, obvious toasted notes. Palate: good concentration and fruitiness, good acidity and citrus notes mid-palate, rather noticeable spice, good minerality in the finish. Rather accessible, but somewhat young. 92-93 p.
Inte så¨flintig som förra gången. Mer rotstad , chokladig. Tycker inte doften är helt angenäm. Det finns en antydan till orenhet som jag inte känt förut men det kan också vara att eken tar överhand. Vinet är lite platt och något kort eftersmak. Bra syra men det känns som vinet är lite spretigt. Håller 2000 för 1999 och har druckit den ett antal gånger. Denna flaska var klart svagast. Kanske inte helt korrekt flaska
Smoky notes on the notes with nice mild yeasty notes. Medium, well round and very elegant champagne. Very enjoyable at the moment. Maybe lacks the definition of other grand cuvees. Still worth it. 93 drink from now
Har utvecklats mycket. Nu lite mer lik 1998, brödig, lite rostad och framförallt den flintadoft som jag älskar med 1998an. Har tidigare hållt 2000 före 1999 av Comtes och denna flaska bekräftar vad jag tyckt tidigare. Vinet har börjat integreras och nu är det mycket mer öppet. Bra balanserad smak med fin mousse. Syran finns där men dominerar inte vinet. Serverad blind men pga likheten med 1998 doftmässigt så hamnade jag hyfsat rätt. Dricker bra nu men kan ligga 10 år till om man vill ha den mogna comtes-stilen
(MASH, Copenhagen) Light yellow in color. Lots of mousse. Citrus, flint, yeast. quite easy drinkable now, and not a lot of acid. Tried it 24 hours after opening also, and it tasted like a young, white Bourgogne.
Traipsing through Paris; 12/16/2011-12/20/2011 (Paris, France): This was a brilliant Champagne. Amongst the best 2000s that I have yet tried. It had a beautiful nose of earth and spice, red apples and dried flowers, with slightly savoury notes of white meat, yeast and cream, all put together in a deep, fully-integrated mélange. A very pretty bouquet, yet one that promised quite a bit of substance. The palate really delivered too. Creamily textured with a super-fine mousse, it showed a lovely interplay of rich apple flesh and brighter lemony flavours dusted with earth and spice. Again, this was so beautifully integrated that you could hardly pick the flavours apart. There was a sense of great depth and intensity on the midpalate, yet the whole wine was held with such effortlessly nobility that you barely felt the weight at all. In fact, it was never less than beautifully detailed and perfectly focused all the way into an energetic finish where kumquats and lemon peel flavours mixed with creamy, mushroomy notes and a faint ring of floral perfume. I found this to be a superb Champagne that was lovely balance of power and elegance. A great start to the meal. While solid now, but it clearly has a very long life ahead of it.
Comes across a little reticent and lower in acidity than some of the recent CdC vintages I've enjoyed so much. There's still lots of bright fruit, savoury yeasty and biscuity elements and a lot of depth, but it doesn't have the cut and energy or the aromatic complexity of recent years. Let's see what happens with some time in bottle.
ABS - Champagne: Grande complexidade aromatica com as tipicas notas de frutas secas, pao, amanteigado. Bela mousse na boca, grande acidez citrica, muito intensa na boca e de longa persistencia. Deliciosa.
At Tattinger Dinner (attended by Emmanuel T.). Aperitif. Clear gold. Medium bubbles. Superb structure. Creamy, but crisp. Fantastic. Also had the Brut NV (with hors d hoeuvre) and the Rose NV (chocolate based dessert), both good but distinctly not at same height.
I had this the same night I had the amazing 96. Its fresh and nice but this vintage just does not deliver what this champagne can be about. If the 96 is the most exciting Comtes de Champagne I have had, this is probably the least exciting...but this is coming from a very high standard.
Very pure citrus nose with nice intensity of primarily green fruits. Young palate carries amazing gripping acidity that hold well with the somewhat intense stream of bubbles. Medium+ body. This will definitely age nicely and gain complexity and even more balance with time. Long finish.
2000 Comtes de Champagne på halvmagnum Lite mer försynt än 1999 då den släpptes. Harmonisk, inte riktigt lika söt framtoning utan mer integerad. tydlig Comteskaraktär, bra syra och rostade toner. Blir en kul framtida diskussion, Comtes 99 vs 00. Som bästa 2000 håller jag nog dock fortsatt Cristal med Comtes som bra tvåa