Dim Sum Club at Summer Palace (Summer Palace, Regent Hotel): I was a bit hesitant about bringing this bottle given its age, but it was universally well received over lunch. Almost everyone guessed Champagne, and we all agreed that it actually had the chops to go on in the bottle for a bit yet. It had a nose of ripe apples and a whiff of quinine along with a touch of minerality – quite an attractive bouquet. The palate was a dead-ringer for a Champagne of equivalent age, with sweet apples at the fore chased by lemon zest and bittersweet mineral notes, all this held in fresh balance and with a fine mousse. With time, a little touch of spice peeked out at the finish. The age of the wine showed in the nice mellow roundness it had in the mouth, but it still had a bit of youthful zestiness that bodes well for the immediate future. Neither the most complex nor the deepest wine, but this was very pleasant.
In a really nice place right now with bright citrus fruit and yeasty, biscuity flavours combined with more developed vanilla cream and baked apple notes. There's still bright effervescence, though it's very creamy and plush in texture but finishing a little short.
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