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(Cristal) Since the first vintage was 1945, this was a true slice of history. In fact, this was the first time I had ever witnessed a Cristal from the 40s. Leave it to possibly the greatest collector of Champagne in the world to pull something like this out of his cellar. His wine collection may already be legendary, but his Champagne collection is one of a kind. The 1947 had a bit of sherry to its nose and was not a perfect bottle but certainly still enjoyable and delicious. Full of ‘white chocolate,’ the 1947 also had a touch of burnt orange and sweet flavors. The mousse was gone, but the orange and caramel made up for it. It was ‘on golden pond’ delicious, ‘mind blowing’ according to one. Someone noted ‘mentos,’ and I got what they were saying. It still had great nutty flavors and texture; smooth, satiny and long
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