Last of the six (I paid $70 each!). Flat out gorgeous. Just stunningly round, not too heavy, toasty, autolytic - an absolutely mind blowing pinot noir. Bit of a shame to serve it a 00:05 on NYE, but at least everyone recognised it was *much* better than the cristal. lovely wine
This medium-to-deep gold bubbly still shows a fairly brisk tiny bead. The nose is complex, with almonds, pine nuts, toast, rosemary and raspberry aromas. Medium-bodied on the palate, with excellent freshness and a "zing" on the palate which verifies the visual of the brisk bead. The flavors are consistent with the nose and the middle is solid. Very long, crisp finish. This gem is showing beautifully at the age of 24. Assuming that you have a well-cellared bottle, it should provide enjoyment for another 6-8 years. Drink now-12/20.
A remarkable champagne. Better than the 88 Dom tasted aside. Toasty notes, brioche, albeit with a certain lemony dryness. Intensely extracted, compellingly long finish. Goes on and on. A certain nuttiness on the finish, but not in the sense of oxidation. Really still light in color. A very long life ahead for this champagne. The very best 1988 champagnes more than stand up to the very best 1996's.
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