Med golden, endless stream of fine bubbles, nose of ripe pear, apple, bit nutty and smoke. Zesty acidic in mouth immediately followed by ripe apple and pear, and spicy at finish, there is good structure. And still appear quite young, while the 1990 is more round and supple, this should continue to evolve.
Lovely full-bodied style with rich lemony fruit and lovely brioche and yeast flavors. Very good intensity and quite open knit and giving with some oxidized notes. This is deep and satisfying and a bit on the sweeter side of dry champagne with good complexity on the finish. Mature and ready and simply lacking the crisp focus and acids of the '96 which will obviously last a good deal longer than this.
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