Fathers 60th Birthday; 8/31/2014-9/1/2014: Unfortunately this had been stored improperly at room temperature for at least a decade. As we knew about this the expectations weren't great. Turned out to be less damaged than we had feared. The nose has a slight touch of madeira, dried fruit and dust. But there is nice buttery biscuits and stable hay. In the mouth the wine feels a lot more oxidized. Dried out fruit, a decent length and round acidity. This is a flawed wine, but we had not problem emptying the bottle.
Dusty nose with orange peel, wood oil, shellfish, mushroomy earth and vanilla. Dry palate with decent acidity and rather aged fruit. Moussé had pretty much left the building. Salty feel, mushrooms, tar and some liquorice. Fun to taste, but unfortunately not a fine example of aged Champagne.
This tastes fresh and isa and nicely integrated Champagne, but this didn't have the depth that one looks for in old bubbly. This was a nice treat, and certainly delicious, but it's merely good rather than great.
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