From magnum, courtesy of M/M thelostverse, disgorged in April 2013. Excellent Champagne. Very rich and toasty with aromas of marshmallow, nuts and baked orchard fruit. Fine bead with nice underlying acidity and flavors of orchard fruit, marshmallow, toasted vanilla bean, egg crème soda and ginger. Long finish where it picks up an interesting coriander/spice note.
Black Cat 101 (Undisclosed Italian Location in NY, NY): I first had this one shortly after the release, and we’ve been following the development of this one for a while now :-) This time, we decided to put it on a solo show for starter. Goldish yellow, remains more on the bright gold side. Dry compare to other champs (which I like a lot) ,oak and fruits, or as one of the tasters said “glory in a bottle!”. Since this is the sixth time I’m having this one, I can’t really a lot more compared to previous notes, but I can certainly reinforce previous ones. Dry side champ, oak and fruits in first touch, more peach and lemon this time. Nice, long bubbles bubbles with long finish. We got few more of those in 2013, and I guess I under estimated how good this one would be because I believe we’re down to one or two bottles left, while this champagne still has years ahead of it to live and be enjoyable.
So, to sum- consistent with previous notes. Probably the most reliable champagne I can think of.
Vote by the bottle- empty bottle. Too bad we're running low on this one.
Cepages Holiday Tasting: Champagne & Riesling (New York City): Drank at Cepages holiday tasting. Seemed a bit oxidized on opening. Lots of toast and biscuit on the nose. Quite yeasty, nutty & lots of caramel (denoting this oxidized style). Seemed like more than a 50/50 blend to me, as I found pinot to be predominant. Medium bodied, very creamy and fairly rich. Well made champagne but not my favored style.
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(Pierre Paillard Champagne Brut Millésimé Grand Cru) From magnum - light medium yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; yeasty, poised, tart apple nose; tasty, poised, yeasty, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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