A really nice bottle of Champagne. Showing very young. Apple, lemon, and a nice yeasty component. Very fresh but acidity perhaps showing a bit much. I would bet this wine should improve in the next five years.
Ripe red apple, chalky notes, light spice, faint yeast and caramelized mango. Crisp across the palate beginning to end but beginning to mellow on the edges. Still comes off as quite young, and with all of the remaining intensity to the palate elements, this should only gain subtlety and complexity in the next 5 years. 95+
Annual Chicago winos visit - Pearl Clutcher, coche, drc, rousseau, D'Yquem and etc. (The Grill Room at Rosewood DC): The 96 CdC is a great wine and en magnum, it flirts with perfection. Incredibly fresh yet complex nose displaying sweet chardonnay fruit, lemon candy, apple, white flowers, a hint of smoke, smoke oyster, oyster shell and brioche, Excellent concentration, incredibly fresh, energetic and detailed palate, perfect amount of acidity and mineral, and beautiful seamless finish that ends with mineral and smoke. This is incredibly delicious yet profoundly serious. A bit like the 96 Salon but more airy and believe it or not, fresher in magnum! More than any other wine, I prefer Champagne in magnum format as it is noticeably fresher yet more complex. Absolutely stunning!
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(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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