This was just as dark as the '88 Salon (maybe a bit darker even); Oxidative, nutty, pecan, slight caramelized notes, old tired bubbles, but this really grew on me like a comfortable worn out old leather chair. It seemed a bit older than it was, but fun to drink. 91-92. Blind at Dirty Dozen tasting.
This is the first bottle of PJ Fleur I have tasted at 20 years of age. I was intensely curious to see how this typically light weight, floral and delicate style ages, especially since Juhlin gives some of these old PJs a complimentary description. It's medium gold and has a mousse typical for age. The first smell is that of a fine sherry (Amandillado Xeres, says Greg). Not exactly promising, and if it were a five-year-old white Burgundy, I would have immediately poured it down the drain. But as it breathed it seemingly woke up and became more energetic and complex. Still with oxidative notes, but once you mentally adjust, it's really quite tasty and complex. If it were Dom Perignon, I would have guessed it to be 40 years old, not twenty. Fortunately there's enough acidity to keep it focused. Surprising to me, Greg, Brian and K (and I) all agreed we preferred this bottle to the newly released much fresher 2000 vintage we had along side it.
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