Burgundy Dinner with Friends (Everest - Chicago IL): Lots of mature orchard fruit aromas and flavors with some nutty, bready character. Slightly more advanced that I might hope for Krug at this stage in its evolution. Perhaps best over the next 3-6 years.
Great bottle tonight, but very different from the last 3 years ago. This seemed more youthful, tighter and brighter than the last despite a richer, more oxidized color. Under all of the tension, this was very leesy on The nose. Lots of bread and citrus fruits, with a touch of oxidation/acetaldehyde. Overall, a great wine, however this did not quite reach the level of the last bottle. 2 left - will let 3 out of 4 determine wether this is a reload.
Somewhat of a disappointment when revealed. Sure this is good, and it gets a lot better after 2 hours in the glass but at first there is mainly just a lot of wood. Somwwhat developed nose of oak, raw wood, coffee, apples, orange peel, nuts, yeast, and canned corn. High acidity, very dry with a medium body, medium+ intensity and a long finish. But to be honest I wrote, "slightly tired" in my notes. Not sure if it was the very high acidity and the dryness that fooled me.
Scored it 88P blind, don't feel comfortable with official scores on Champagne anymore so I will abstain from that!
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(Krug Champagne Vintage Brut) Light golden yellow color with abundant, speedy, tiny bubbles; very appealing, autolytic, hazelnut, baked pear, light dried mushroom nose; delicious, focused, layered, tart lime, lemon, ginger, mineral palate with penetrating, medium acidity; could use 3 years and should live for decades; long finish 96+ points
(Krug) This vintage is notable for being only the second ever, after the 1981, where the blend is dominated by Chardonnay. A fine clarity here on inspection, more vibrant and shimmering than the slightly richer, more matt 1996. A touch sulphurous on the nose today though, although underneath this there is a roasted element, intertwined closely with coffee beans, with a floral-citrus character laid on top. The palate is fresh, breathtakingly clean and pure, with finely delineated flavours of pithy citrus fruits and coffee. Deep and minerally, with a firm and structured finish, crisp yet broad, it has a long, incisive, fresh and pure finish. The 1996 is without a doubt the greater wine, but this is perhaps more approachable now, and surely it will drink sooner? Overall, excellent wine.
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