Light gold. Great nose of ripe apple, pear with minimal brioche. Lovely on the palate with great length, depth and balance. Long, slightly sweet fruit finish. This is really good now, but will probably get even better with age.
A lovely wine to toast the brand new CellarTracker site.
Lacy, light and airy. It was a bit flat and even felt a little ox'ed when first opened, but with some air and cooled down a bit it was positively electric. Stone and lemon curd on the mid-palate. Pith and grapefruit on a bittersweet finish. Yum!
Ming's Birthday (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): It was a privilege to have this beautiful Champagne for the second time in one year. While still really young, it was a smashing start to the dinner. Such an nose interesting here, with wafting scents of sour plums and slightly browned apples, some exotic spice notes reminiscent of green chili and tamarinds, a touch of vanilla and finally a drift of stony mineral accents. A really interesting, complex nose. The palate was no slouch either. Fresh from the bottle, it was very racy, with an energetic bead and livewire acidity springing through mellow appley flavours and brighter tones of lemon and lime peel. There was clearly plenty of substance, but it was just a bit one dimensional at first. With time though, a fleshier white-fruited background started emerging on the midpalate and a nice nutty, yeasty note started coming out as well. Finally, the little spicy notes picked up on the nose reverberated all the way at the finish - green chilis and peppercorns again, drifting away into the distance. This was such a nice, mouthwatering start to the dinner. Yummy, complex and interesting, and a superb pairing with chilled jellyfish in sesame oil too. Still very younthful though, it started out a bit slow and only really showed its chops as it warmed up and took on some air. It should pick up more depth and weight with time in the bottle and should make a beautiful Champagne in 3-4 years.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with light beading. Nose of ash, ocean breeze and a bit of bread. Flavors of lemon, lime and tart yellow fruits. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold.
Milton's Birthday Dinner (Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck, Paragon): A brilliant Champagne. While not everyone on the table agreed, I preferred this ever so slightly to the excellent 2000 Dom Perignon that was served alongside. I thought this had a beautiful nose, with lots of lovely toffee and dried coconut notes, some topical pineapple hints - almost pineapple-tart aromas with little pastry notes along with some sweet, dried pineapple scents - and then red apples and some floral perfume and, finally, more savoury notes of white meat and touch of earth. A very expressive, complex nose for a Champagne this young. The palate was beautiful too. Here, a very vigorous bead and some mouthwatering acidity gave it a great sense of liveliness and energy as it zipped through the attack with lovely pure flavours of pears and apples touched with a little lemon and more pineapple notes on the midpalate. It was all wonderfullly integrated - bright and fresh, with a great sense of focus and precision, yet coming across as one nicely rounded whole. Lovely length on the back-palate too, where little pinpricks of minerality and a hint of spice tailing away in a long, detailed finish. A lovely wine. While it was delicious on the day, and will probably remain so from this point on throughout the rest of its life, it still clearly has its best days ahead of it. This was the last vintage where Vilmart made a Cuvée Creation I believe - a bit of a waste given how good this bottle was.
this is now my favourite champagne, first time tasting a champagne that has that Burgundy nose of faint barnyard with so many bubbles. Still too young however i had to try one as this is the last Cuvee Creation The other 2 i shall wait a few more years. Spectacular wine though
I was too busy letting my imagination wander whilst sipping this Champagne to keep any detailed notes, but I do remember being impressed with the sheer complexity of the nose on this one. Aromas I have rarely smelled in any wine and hard to put a finger on. All I know is they made me smile. :)
Impressive as usual, featuring almost a blackberry type fruit on the finish. Interesting, considering the wine is predominantly Chardonnay. The usual honeyed/candied fruit is laced with vanilla, impeccably crafted and weightless on the palate. One to seek.