Mid to full straw. Very fine stream of small bubbles that go phut fairly quickly. Cream, ginger, warm butter and some honey on the nose. Some gently oxidative aromas starting to develop, but this remains remarkably fresh and vibrant. Lots of energy and zing. Rich, full and long. This is really coming in to its own. ****1/2
showing its age, but still with some vibrancy. Buttery and nutty. More FRIZZ than FIZZ. At 25 years, still impressive, but would have been more impressive 10 years ago. SKMW gives it 97 ... she likes OLD CHAMPAGNE style
Some baker's yeast and truffle on the nose. It is crammed with citrus fruits and has some toasty development flavours. There is good complexity and the Champagne is giving a lot right now. It still possesses and strong citric/ mineral spine and has plenty left in the tank. Served from magnum.
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(Pol Roger Brut) Incredibly it seems as though it is four years since I last drank a bottle of this, and this is my final bottle. That may be a good thing, as this wine is certainly going over compared to where it was in 2002. A pale, golden hue and a fine but plentiful bead. It is very evolved on the nose, rather winey, with a touch of sweet, lemon fruit pastille and some mushroomy nuances. Lovely definition on the palate nevertheless, well poised, with fine acidity and a little creaminess to the texture. Certainly maturing ever onwards now, and I don't think this matched up to the bottles tasted previously. Drink up if you have any.
(Pol Roger Brut) It's almost a year since I last opened one of these. A lovely colour, and a fine bead. Wow - what a nose! It's full of coffee, toffee and crème caramel aromas. Great body and a surprisingly lively mousse considering this wines age. More coffee and toffee flavours, with strong acidity which suggests that this fantastic wine has years of potential ageing yet.
(Pol Roger Brut) A very fine but prominent bead. Muted at first, but with just a little bit of aeration there came aromas of coffee and caramel, toffee and just a suggestion of nuts. Delicious palate, with a soft, restrained but prickling mousse and well balanced acidity supporting a mature, creamy rich texture. Flavour-packed, with almonds, coffee and caramel. The finish at first seemed a little short and tart but this also settled, developing a powerful length after the first glass. Will develop further.
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