Flat out FABULOUS! The '97 has a slightly limey edge to it that can be a bit much but this baby is just, well, perfect. Slightly sweet on the attack, great balance & persistence without ever being heavy, overworked or execessively doughy.
Dinner at Katie's house to celebrate Dena's "retirement". We opened a bottle of this almost 7 years ago to celebrate the previous step in Dena's professional life so it seemed appropriate to do so once again. Absolutely stunning wine right from the opening bell. As usual not a very fizzy Champagne. Great aromatics of citrus, strawberry and toast followed by a full bodied palate that has a similar profile to the bouquet. Very long on the finish. I still think this wine has positive development ahead of it for several years but it's hard to keep our hands off this one given how well it seems to be drinking today. The previous bottle that was a little less beautiful and seemed to be in transition to maturity was clearly an anomaly as this continues to drink on the young side. 50+14+14+9+9 = 96
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