What treat a deep golden color with a soft bead. A wonderful balance. Elegant and very light on its feet. Notes of mushroom and almonds. Seemless and lasting finish. I better understand the " broad" quality they strive for in their wines. This bottle was appropriate as it was in honor of jeffs bday and Chris's anniversary of stopping smoking
Opened by Mark from magnum. Disgorged in 1999. Clear yellow color. Herbally mushroom nose. This had a nice grip to it. Notes of vanilla, hazelnut , green apple and peaches with a creamy finish. Full bodied and lush. Very coherent and deep. Drinking well but will continue to show well. 96 points
Celebrating Christine's birthday- with pics. (Christine's): From magnum, it's a deep gold color, darker than I would've expected. Apples and intense nuttiness dominate the nose and palate, with a bit of yeastiness on the back. Ripe, but with good acidity. The bead is just a bit more lively than I prefer and overall I find the nutty character too dominant. B+.
30th Birthday Bash at Bern's Steak House (Bern's Steak House, Tampa, FL): My first ever vintage Champagne, and it did not disappoint. First of all, the bottle is pretty bad a$$; a big black magnum with gold etching. The wine itself had aromas of white chocolate mousse, lemon rind, wet stone, and some baked apple pie crust. The palate was full of so much life for a 21-yo sparkler. I got a lot of distinct citrus flavors from the palate. The finish was quite long, pushing nearly a minute, indicative of the excellent acidity that buttressed the flavors suggested by the nose and palate. Truly a wonderful wine. If I was scoring, 92-95, though I have -0- frame of reference for vintage Champagne.
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