- Yellow gold color with small pearls - Golden color. Nose is wonderful showing slightly oxydized notes, pink grapefruit burnt apples, dried apricots. Very fine bubbles but still fresh. Caramel, salty finish. Still a nice mature Champagne but I was missing the length in the mid-palate. Still some life ahead
Note: wine comes out of a perfectly stored Original case which is defenitely adds to the quality.
1982 and other wines: Nose initially quite closed. A bit of typical fudge and dust. Intensity of taste was medium, I usually expect more from older Champagne. It opens up nicely with air, one must give it some 20-30 minutes in the glass. It will lose most of its remaining bubbles, but will gain in the bouquet.
Thanksgiving Wines (Chapel Hill, NC): We're not sure this has been stored all that well, but this was actually drinking pretty well; citrus fruits, smoke, roasted nuts and brioche flavors,with the acidity slightly fading at the end
Medium gold color with ample mousse. The full, rich nose starts with a strong yeasty aroma, followed by a pronounced mineral note, ripe exotic fruit, and candied nuts. The palate is sharp and delineated by comparison, with a continuance of the nose's minerality and a very subtle taste of licorice. Effervescence is minimal, which is not surprising given the age. This wine finishes remarkably long, with ongoing stony flavors and acidity lingering at the back of the mouth for 20 seconds or more. This wine is extraordinary for its range of flavors, concentration, balance and persistence. Approaching perfection, this is drinking marvelously at age 32. Easily the best vintage Champagne I have ever had. Love it.
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