Zachys in Chicago (EL Ideas - Chicago IL): From magnum. Really sensational Champagne, another 1988 coming across as incredibly bright and energetic at 25 yo. Lots of energy throughout, very good power start-to-finish. Great now, this should be drinking great for a very long time.
KYD #4 (Østerbro): Intense hazelnut and butter nose with a creamy tone to it. Also some popcorn, coffee and red apples. Impressive palate packed with intense red apples, vanilla and yellow plums. The bubbles are a bit tired but the wine is still quite fresh. Plenty of buttered popcorn flavors but also a hint of caramel in the aftertaste. A great bottle!
How unfortunate! Finding a goodlooking bottle of this legendary wine with good fill and perfect color. Concentration and length was there, alongside with this slight whiff of wet dog and no fruit what so ever! (bl**dy h*ll)
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(Louis Roederer Cristal) We started with a mag of 1988 Louis Roederer Cristal, served out of a white wine glass, which this collector considers mandatory for any Champagne 1990 and older. The reasoning is to allow the complexities that come with age to aerate and open up as one would with a wine, and it makes complete sense to me. Champagne is, after all, sparkling wine! The nose was creamy and musky with nice buttery, yellow fruits, sweet and with touches of corn and rye yeast. The palate was round and fleshy, with nice sprite, very expressive and open at the moment. There were dry seltzer flavors, and while ’88 is a middleweight vintage for Champagne, the Cristal still showed like a champ despite a lighter impression on the mid-palate.
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