DP 64, 66, 71 and Oeno 66: A gorgeous quartet of DP. Started of with 64 and 66 originals. Both were good, but the 66 was fantastic. Interestingly, this parcel of 66 has shown very golden and mature looking, but has drunk insanely well. The 66 Oeno is a terrific champagne, but in the company of these originals it was hard for it to shine. However it really did open up, and is among my favorite Oeno's. Our final DP was a 71 original, and this was simply smoking. The best of the night, and the best 71 I've ever had.
A Double Birth Year Celebration (San Diego): There was a slight pressure release when the cork was removed -- slight, but it was there. Clear gold color. A subtle sparkle and tingle on the tongue, and a few tiny bubbles adherent to the elegant, lightweight Zalto flute. Magnificent bouquet right off the bat -- bright fresh apple cider, ginger, butterscotch, ancient Jerusalem stone, shiitake mushrooms, burnt sugar, and aromatic, oxidative spirits such as cognac or amontillado. Tangy acidity, complexity defying description, and a finish that will last the rest of my life. More an emotional than a sensory experience. ShaneT said it best: "100 points is an insult for this wine." In that spirit, I withhold a score. My #1 and group's FIRST PLACE in this flight.
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(Dom Perignon) It was on to the DP’s, beginning with a 1964 Dom Perignon. Todd jumped on ‘oatmeal’ right away. I saw that but found it more stony in the nose at first. Bruce chipped in how ‘it needs a little time to get integrated,’ and how he hates popping and pouring old Champers right away. Big Boy admired its ‘mature’ qualities, and with a little time, exotic aromas of coconut, cream soda, vanilla wafer and milk candy emerged. It was very complex once the stone walls came down around it, just as the Returner had prophecized. Delicious flavors of vanilla and cream soda danced on its long and lush palate. It was both delicate yet sturdy, ie, it didn’t have a lot of fizz but there was just enough to make it outstanding. It was another delicious wine (95).
(Dom Perignon) The next bubbly had a lot of alcohol and acidity in its nose and was very sturdy with excellent spice and spine. There was a yang of gamy maturity here, and the palate was very smooth, tasty and lovely, very fine indeed. It was an original bottling of 1964 Dom Perignon
(Dom Perignon) a touch pinchy and weedy at first, but the bread, butter and honey came and joined the party shortly. .No bubbles but great White Burgundy,. Bernard insisted. There were citrus, dust and straw edges and a touch of the cat.s meow (pee) that crept out in the glass. It was still excellent, but definitely better a decade prior when it blew me away after being re-released, or perhaps that was just this bottle
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