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.
On the nose, apple, floral notes including honeysuckle, and light background brioche. Some light spice on the palate to complement the fruit as the wine warms. Strong acid on the back palate with a crisp sharp finish.
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.
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