Beautiful gold color. Nose of almond, apricot, vanilla, butterscotch. The cork broke as we opened this but were able to extract it and found this gorgeous fascinating wine. Still a good amount of effervescence, only a hint of oxidation. Nutty, rich, intense and beautifully unusual (oldest champagne we've tried to date).
The bottle had been questionably stored before I got it, so our expectations were fairly low...but wow, it was in fine shape! Some stickiness around the capsule and cage--but the fill was still excellent (above the base of the neck). Cork popped when opened, and it still had plenty of fine bubbles.
Initially very mushroomy and funky on the nose, it eventually blew off and evolved into more nutty aromas. Dark, golden honey body with lots of orange marmalade, some almond, and smooth, fine bubbles. Lingering finish with balanced acidity.
It took a few minutes to really start opening up, but then seemed to fade within about an hour.
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(Dom Perignon) nose was so honeyed and full of crème brulee that it gave a sinful impression. There was a touch of seltzer and minerals, but the 1983 was definitely living in plateau city. To me, this vintage signified crossing that bridge that Bernard alluded to earlier. Bernard was impressed with the freshness of the 1983. The palate had a woodsy edge but was still very smooth and caressing, with good seltzer vim to the finish. I concluded, .In a great spot right now..
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