1987 Champagne and some more: Disgorged 03.09.2008. Fat as well as GA of the same vintage, but much much softer on the palate - melting fluid on the palate. Seems, that it also has lower accidity. Full bodied, mild oxidative character. Superb. Loved it.
From magnum. Quite dark and evolved in colour. On the nose lovely richness, yeasty, notes of red apples, lemon peel, minerality. On the palate quite precise and fresh, notes of citrus and yellow stone fruit, minerality. Great balance. Very lively and long. Drink or keep. 93-95
Some Champagnes: Less dosage than the GAs, fresher, less oxidative. Deep and complex nose, alas not so impressive in the mouth. Demands attention, and although lighter on its feet than the GA, it is still full bodied and slightly oxidative.
I took notes but I lost them. This wasn't as I expected. As late disgorged wines can evolve quickly it shouldn't be a surprise that this was very different to the tight bottle I had 18mths ago.
There was a certain nuttiness on the nose but what stood out was the intense red apple on the palate with an acute toastiness. I remember noting down some other flavours (custard at one point) but this was more of a classic champagne than I usually get with RD. I planned to pair this with a mushroom risotto and walnuts but I actually think that this vintage could work on its own.
As late disgorged wines age quickly, it can be hard to know how each bottle will taste, so it's best to approach each one with an open mind and have more than one food match to hand.
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(Bollinger RD) The term RD refers to the practice of recent disgorgement; this wine is essentially La Grande Année, but with the wine left on the lees for an extended period of time, in the case of this bottle more than 10 years as it was disgorged in early 2009. The dosage is lower than for Grande Année, so the finished product is drier. This wine has one of the finest beads I have ever seen, and it has a very fine nose, full and ripe, aromatic and yet full of youthful, fresh, zesty character. It has a very pure and gentle style, fresh and elegant, certainly vivacious and polished. And yet behind this sheen of youthfulness there is a very bold and rather tertiary character. Overall, brilliantly fresh yet also subtly mature. Lovely wine.
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