95 Burgundy (La Trompette, London): Mid straw. Quite a full, rich, slightly oxidative nose. A touch of ginger and mushroom. Palate a bit flat and one dimensional. Almost a little shrill. Problematic, possibly corked. Apparently this cleaned up and filled out on the palate after a couple of hours, so maybe just needed to relax in the glass. NR.
At 18yo, showing beautifully if you are a fan of older champagne. Good mouse still, long biscuit/yeast palate, typical PR polish and balance. A reminder of how aged "basic" vintage can be excellent value compared with the premium cuvees.
Varied bottles of interest: Served blind. Pear, apple and some slight honeyed character emerging. The palate is very well balanced and it has great cleansing acid that leaves you wanting more. Has come along very well since I last tasted it and it still has room to develop further.
Slightly dusty on the nose. I queried this as corked but was shot down. In fairness it seemed to blow off but the wine never really set me on fire. The nose was all about baked apple and mushrooms (not necessarily especially appealing mushrooms). The palate was very much baked apple with toffee and a touch of minerality. The mousse was fine but not especially persistent and there wasn't a lot of freshness/acidity. I was left with the lingering thought that perhaps this bottle had seen better times.
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(Pol Roger Brut) A rich and golden hue, with a fine, sparse bead. A fine, nutty and mature character on the nose, certainly a little more evolution than my previous two tastings, yet there is a little note of steel here too. Lovely, rounded, full yet well balanced on the palate, with a fine depth but with freshness too. Quite organic in character, with a long and fresh and meaty finish. Still full of potential for the cellar, but just fine now. The score for this one just keeps creeping up!
(Pol Roger Brut) A pale, golden hue with very fine, sparse bead. Honeycomb and breadcrumb nose, with floral and citrus tones, and the just perceptible notes of toffee richness. Fresh palate, with a lovely, fine yet firm mousse. Showing just a little more richness than my last tasting, and a little more evolved too, with notes of acacia and juniper. Cracking acidity gives it a lovely, piercing freshness though. Clean finish. This is lovely. Should drink well over the next 5-10 years.
(Pol Roger Brut) A good, although fairly pale hue, and a tiny bead. Fresh nose; floral, acacia notes, with a nutty breadcrumb nuance. Full, creamy palate, with lovely weight, offset by fresh, sharp acidity. A firm mousse. An elegant style. Beautiful drinking now, but will be better in 5-10 years time.
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