A Great French Tuesday at Tilia (Tilia, Mpls): Light-medium gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. This was very nice, good fine bead, nice nose with yeast, apple, pear, and sea brine. The palate is quite vibrant, refined and complex with the 50% PN coming through, pear, saline, apple, cherry, and almond with a briny mineral driven finish. This was nicely layered and drinking very well!
Another fabulous sparkler tasted at the Champagne Bureau's event in Chicago, the 2002 Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Palmes D'Or is exceptional. Captivating smoky-bordering-on-earthy aromas and flavors are woven throughout, endowing this serious Champagne with a perceptible center of gravity. Mineral verve pierces through intense, fleshy layers of wet dough, bruised pear and and walnut skins. I adore yeast-driven sparklers, and will be very curious to monitor its development over time.
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