nice nose with bread dough and a slight note of mushroom. richness balanced by moderate acidity. creamy with green apples and white flowers. previous bottle was more floral with a note of coconut which is absent in this one.
This Champagne just floors me every time I taste it. So rich, yet so effortless in the way it carries itself across the palate. It cuts a broad swath across the palate, and is both relenting and unrelenting simultaneously. It grips when and where it needs to grip, and then glides away silk-like on the finish, leaving a Breyer's vanilla with poached pear and slivered almond finish that never quits. Not a boatload of acid here, but acid is somewhat out of context in 2003 I think. This is about how unbridled richness is saddle-broke. How the usual suspects of lemon and apple are balanced against the luxury of dried apricot and coconut lactones. More wine than Champagne, really (ignore statement's irony), and so much better for it.
Third Thursday Champagne Night (Willamette Wine Storage - Portland, OR): This nose delivers full on spicy apple pie, with a hint of oranges and some leather lurking in the background to keep it from being too friendly. The bubbles are full and zippy on the palate, but they don't overwhelm the flavors. Light oranges peek out from behind delicious apple flavors. Some caramel notes show up later as well. The acidity has a light touch, but should not be mistaken for weak, as it keeps everything clean and lets the minerality show on the mid palate. The wine has a delicate touch and I wish it lasted longer on the palate. Later in the night, some apricot and nutmeg flavors appeared on the mid palate as well, knocking this up another step. Rock solid bubbles. 93+
The nose on this wine kicks ass! The vanilla characteristics here are so strong, it reminded me of a bowl of vanilla ice cream if that can express the richness of the smell. Very little fruit on the nose, just layered vanilla and oak tones with the fruit playing second fiddle. The palate has a very luxurious feel and great length. Texturally this is heavy in feel but has elegant bubbles, and the flavor lingers on the palate for a long length finish. The only note I wrote down for flavor was vanilla and citrus but this had more than that going on. Damn good wine and something I'd purchase again if given the chance at the price point. 93+
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