Lovely young Comtes, just as you would expect at age 14 from a terrific vintage. Extremely energetic, high toned, coiled spring, in the lemon peel register, poised and ready for takeoff. Surely more depth to come as it ages and very promising, but delightful even now as Comtes always is at every stage of its evolution.
there is a big difference between tasting and drinking this wine While tasting the extreme olfactory and taste wealth are apparent When drinking it is weightless and smooth Isn't that how it should be?
My last btl and same btl as R&Ler. Always always a stunning BdM and 02 was an exceptional year. Wishing I still had one or two more! One of the most complex and classiest of champagnes you drink. Always worth the money.
First Growths at Capital Grille (Capitalle Grille, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. This is another one of those wines that you immediately recognize as great. There is no doubt, no confusion, this jumps out of the glass on the nose and palate. It has the intensity on the nose with a great toasted, yeastiness, with depth and complexity, pear and citrus abound. The palate has that nuance, but what really strikes you is the balance of power and elegance; the elegance that is Comtes, but with the power of the '02 vintage. Just so nice and so good. Hard to describe, but this is now just hitting peak IMO. 95+ to 96pts.
Domaine Chicago party: From magnum, and still as good as I remember it being. Super clean and crisp, with some lovely yellow fruit flavours. Great freshness, with a lovely touch of ripe apples on the finish. Pretty large scaled, this is bound together with a firm spine of acid.
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(Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne) Light yellow color with few, tiny bubbles; very appealing, tart pear, light ginger, yeasty, white chocolate, lemon cream nose; creamy textured, restrained, very tart lemon cream, lemon zest, mineral palate with brightness and lively acidity; long finish 94+ points
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