A Post 50th Birthday Celebration with Friends (The Grunzweig Wine Room, Los Olivos): This was my first of a 4-pack and dramatically outperformed my cautious outlook. Yeast on the nose, and some found notes of lavendar. Minimal bubbles. On the palate, there was impressive weight to the wine but it was never heavy, just a true powerhouse. Great salinity along with a clear pear aspect. Some lactic characteristics ("brioche") developed over time. Impressive acidity and a long finish. ran a surprise darkhorse campaign for WOTN but came up just short.
This is a rich BDB from Milan that i like but do not love. This is not a heavy or yeasty champagne but a champagne that is more about chardonnay and its fruit than chalk/salt. It does work well with food at the table!
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(Jean Milan Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Symphorine Blanc de Blancs Brut) Light yellow color with few small bubbles; pear, nectarine, mineral nose; tasty, tart pear, mineral, chalk palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
(Jean Milan "Symphorine" Brut) ($73.00) This blew me away. With all the issue around ’05, I didn’t expect such fetching aromas, and the palate is elegant and fruity in the rather strong ’05 way. Neither vintage taint nor reduction here. A rich, swollen finish, with lots of chalk and salt. Appears to have been disgorged late 2010.
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