Lovely dinner and vertical tasting at Haut Bailly (Château Haut Bailly): Certainly after going through 10 red wines in a vertical tasting, including recent and more evidently tannic ones, a glass of Champagne is more than welcome. But tasting the Pol Roger 2004 reminds me how good that vintage can be for some Champagne houses. Not that I have had that many 2004s, but I have not met one that I did not like. This was no exception: crisp and focused with mid palate opulence, marked by wet stone, citrus and chalky aspects, it was just palpable pleasure to sip on a sunny June evening - after assessing 10 vintages of Haut Bailly. Long finish!
Year 3 - Super Tasting 1 of 5 - Dave does Birth Year Wines: This come across as youthful and vibrant, slightly leaning to the rich side of things, though perhaps lacking a touch of complexity for today. The nose reveals peach, honeydew melon, caramel apple, honey, white flowers, light hints of toffee and mint. The palate has an inherent rich, roundness with linear acidic peach notes running across the medium plus finish. Hard to evaluate today because I think it's best days are ahead of it, though I have heard other showings have been more open. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt at 92 based on potential if perhaps not totally merited from this showing today.
Year 3: Super Tastings Round 1 of 5; Dave Does Birth Year Wines (Dave's House): Popped and poured, followed approximately one hour. Light gold in colour, with persistent micro bubbles. On the nose, this is a touch tighter and less and less advanced than the example we had tried just a few weeks ago. With some coaxing, the nose provided aromas of fresh cut red apple, lemon zest, crushed rock, brioche, caramel and baking spice, with a light overlay of oak. On the palate, nice richness and concentration. Acidity is quite brisk providing freshness and the finish is medium plus, with lingering tastes of tart red apple, citrus zest, mineral, yeast, and spice. Definite room for improvement. Based on this bottle, I'd say hold, although there seems to be some variability.
Negociants Australia New Release Tasting: Smoke, apple, yeast, ginger and roses. The palate has good mouthfeel and texture, though it seems to already be at a point where it should be drunk based on this bottle.
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