I have historically not been a great fan of the house style here due to experiences with a heavy ginger and oxidized character. This bottle was big and powerful with complex aromas already of the usual brioche and yeast notes. Palate is, as expected, youthfully coarse and bold with some early oxidative hints of toffee. Stoppered up and kept extremely cold the remaining half bottle til 2nd day: airing out has tamed this beast considerably. Oxidative hints have subsided and this shows promise for greatness in 7 to 10 years.
Consistency, consistency, consistency! Micro bubble stream down center of glass Almost clear color with hint of yellow amber. Brioche, lemon, apricot, typical classic aged champagne taste, creamy mouth feel with GREAT acidity and minerality on the mid palate with a spicy somewhat astringent lingering finish. Simply OUTSTANDING.
This needs more time, all the quality materials are here. That said, it's still quite good right now, even on PnP. If you crave big, in your face wood/toast/super ripe and uber rich fruits, this is not your wine. This is the wine that you slip into your rotation of $50- $75 Champers - it'll take you up another full level of sophistication and purity. I would let this understated wine rest another 3-5 years. Satiny fruits that run the white, not yellow spectrum. Long finish, insulated complexity. HOLD. recommended
PnP, served non-blind, at Les Nomades, Chicago (bases loaded home run).
At 50th. Paleish yellow, faint yellow rim, good mousse. A little dough and apples up front, flinty, quince and hint of citrus, background notes of green tea. Good month feel, rich but very controlled, apples and citrus, good acidity, very good length of creamy green fruit. Excellent champagne, drinks well now, but will be better in 5 years I suspect.
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(Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Light medium yellow color with several columns of very tiny bubbles; appealing, toasted almond, hazelnut, tart pear nose; rich, creamy textured, poised, tart apple, almond, roasted almond, baked apple, mineral, oxidized apple palate; medium-plus finish (66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay; 88% grand cru fruit, 12% premier cru; 8 grams dosage)
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