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  • NV Tarlant Champagne Brut Cuvée Louis

    Tasted on a weekend, to address the question of aging bubbles in the bottles. This one (1999 based, 85% and 15 percent 98-97-96) entered the bottle in May 2000 and disgorged on July 2014. Does it have a more 'full body' compared with other 'younger' champagnes? the answer is certainly positive. On the color- more goldish color than other NV bubbles I had. On the nose, more mineral and earthy notes, that follow with the palate. Medium finish, maybe medium plus. Higher acidity on the palate. I like the dry-side taste (not a secret if you go through my notes) and this one falls in my palate line, but not as dry as other bubbles I had. I would certainly say it is (a) VERY GOOD (b) has additional aging potential, and (c) I'm feeling sorry I did not purchase an additional bottle from the same disgorgement. It's built to serve you and your family/friends/loved ones for years to come, and I have to be up front (though I'm afraid vendors would raise the price now)- it's hard to find a long term non vintage one of this quality at ~60. Buy two or three. Drink one with the ones you love being with. Invite them in five years to do the same. Repeat. Kick yourself for not buying six.

    Day 2 update: Still very bubbly. The citrus notes have opened up more than last night. More earthy notes and minerals on the nose. Not as much 'sweetness' (honey/apricot) as last night. Just enjoying it now with some fresh bread, olive oil and small veggies.

    (CT Drinking window note: refer to disgorged date. Current windows '08-'14 are probably for early releases. I'd certainly note '15-'24 to current release in proper storage)

    (personal notes: Better than many others, still Pierre Paillard is my favorite, Pretty good qpr at ~65-70, though certainly there may be ones that one considers better, including myself. Goes well with slightly more 'lemon/citrus' dishes. Overall, grade in the solid 92+ FWIW)

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  • 2008 Pierre Paillard Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru Acte 1 "Les Maillerettes"

    Tasted along with the Blanc de Blanc. It is a winner of the two. More developed nose and palate taste. Longer finish. On the dry side. A good cont. on the line of the '02-'04 vintages that I enjoyed alot. Already drinks well and over the evening the taste evolve. Drink or hold

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  • 2008 Pierre Paillard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Acte 1 "Les Mottelettes"

    Second time tasting, this time along with the Blanc de Noirs and other two additional sparkling wines (NZ and Chile). Improved from last year- longer finish and more balanced on the nose. Very refreshing. That said, still non fair comparison to the Paillard '02 and '04. Open or hold this time.

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  • Wine-Strategies says:

    6/24/2014 6:34:00 AM - Hello, odds In fact I have not had any of Marc's wines lately. They are not in Colorado. I've always sourced mine from San Jose or SoCal areas beyond the ones I've brought back myself when I'm in Alsace. Tentative plans have me in Italy for all of Oct and Nov, and if I end up going, I'll no doubt make a quick side trip to Strasbourg to see friends (from there the train is just 30 minutes to Colmar, the gateway to Alsace). If you come across some of Marc's Cru wines, please drop me a line, I'd love to grab some. thanks for the message, cheers,

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