Excellent. Great depth, tension, and finish. Very elegant with nutty notes. I fear that as an aperitif it didn't have time to really strut. Will drink again with pleasure but give it more time and air to open.
So seamless... evolved in the glass and the mid-palate became more pronounced. I've only had two other vintages of this wine, '90 and '95, and they had more depth and character, but this wine a complete pleasure to drink. To quibble about faults is to be unreasonable.
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(Taittinger Comtes de Champagne) The Comtes de Champagne, whose first vintage was 1952 for those keeping score, had the signature butterscotch along with meaty, yellow fruits. Green apples and citrus dominated its finish. Richard found it ‘big and broad-shouldered, with flirty and exotic coconut.
(Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne) Group's #5 (my #3) – 84 pts; 3, 2, 3, 2 – earthy, mineral and peach nose, that starts showing soy sauce after 45 minutes in the glass; rich, creamy texture, minerally lemon and citrus palate with depth; medium tangy finish 92+ pts.
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