Klar stågul. Mild nese, noe stein, sitrus og svakt hint av honning. Svakt støvete. Svakt så svakt hint av sherry. Frisk og ungdommelig frukt i munnen med høy, gjennomgripende syre. Noe grov mousse. Viser mer modning i munnen enn på nese. God intensitet. Lett kremet munnfølelse. Fin lengde. Overraskende frisk for alderen.
A Champagne at its peak. Beautiful golden color, lively and fine bubbles, very toasty nose with mushrooms, light apple notes. Med body, a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and tertiary aromatics. Very fine.
This wine has a long life ahead of it, but for me it is at its peak. Still surprisingly vibrant mousse. Floral nose with a dried citrus note - very rich with a certain dry austerity. Almonds maybe overlaid on mature chardonnay, with a sherry nutty note. If there is a vintage that produced wines that can rival the scale of the 1996's, 1988 is it for me. This wine may just be a touch better than the 1996 Blanc de Chardonnay, and that is saying a lot. This is a champagne that will easily cut through any youngish champagne you put on your table, and perhaps any wine you put on your table.
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