From 75cl, shrunken layered cork. An expensive bottle of impeccable provenance, all the more disappointing accordingly. (For my palate) offputtingly funky cellar-dust and oak barrel scent; full-bodied, ripe-fruited entry; surprisingly monolithic and neutral mid-palate (completely lacking the ripe red apple I was hoping for). Pleasant, grape-juice-like finish. Perhaps over the hill, possibly a suboptimal bottle? In this condition 87P and drink up. Hope my remaining bottle is in better condition.
(Magnum) Absolutely wonderful - a gorgeous silky texture, incredibly creamy on the palate. Saline, a hint of citrus, and if you keep your nose in it long enough, some yeasty/bread aroma as well. Over the course of two hours, this wine showed no hint of degradation, just further richness. One of my top Champagnes of all time.
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