The best experience yet from this exquisite, lively bubbly. Remarkable amount of mousse. Yellow, no gold. The perfect junction of old and secondary and aged complexity. Real blancs de blancs character. Yellow fruits, almost peachy in the upper register. Wonderful finish. Provenance is crucial with champagne and someone took very good care of this bottle (AMC live auction).
Craft Bar (Flatiron, NYC): Pale gold. Absolutely textbook B-S/'82 nose shows ripeness, stone, and dust; nutmeg and some appropriate oxidation reminiscent of hazelnuts and caramel (h/t Seth); spices and cream; but not overdone, lean and classic. The palate is fucking delicious! Incredibly finely textured, soft mousse. There's definitely a note of sherry in a fine, lovely register -- fruit shows more on the long, long finish. Freaking wonderful. Now, with air, the nose is full of 'Nilla Wafers; maybe a little botrytis?; some fennel. Wonderful wine and skirting perfection for what it is. (Thanks, Sarah)
Brought by Sarah. Medium yellow-gold. Very brioche and spicy pastry on nose, with soft yeast. Very creamy as well. (Matt says Nilla wafers). Green apple and hazelnuts and caramel. Just gorgeous - really racy and lively on the palate. Crisp bubbles. Very crunchy with green apples, yeast and a touch of cider. Finish of creamy brioche, lemon and hazelnut. Consistent throughout, very solid. Perfumed, complex and fabulous. Thanks Sarah! Nose - 5.5/6, Palate - 5.5/6, Finish - 5.5/6, Je Ne Sais Quoi - 1.5/2 = 18/20.
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