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White - Sparkling
2012 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Champagne Blend
11/24/2020 - scyrene Likes this wine:
90 points
It's back on offer, so I'm trying it again. Pale. Gorgeous aroma, rich and quite complex, with peach, apple, and a bready-pastry character. Great intensity on the palate, but it's tightly controlled. Layers of orchard fruit, clean acidity, and a lightness on the finish that keeps things elegant. One of the better young vintage champagnes I've had in a while, especially given the price. Well worth trying. [Cork + cage; 12% abv; Sainsbury's, on offer at £40].
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/24/20, 1:03 PM - Nice note. Of course it's £30 with the 25% off six!

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/25/20, 1:04 PM - North of the border I take it?

Red
N.V. Viña Valdivieso Caballo Loco No 17 Lontué Valley Red Blend
1/2/2020 - gordy240 wrote:
91 points
No Varietals known, as this is done using the solera system. 50% from 2012, and the other 50 from ‘92-‘11, so who knows what’s in it. Hints of carmenere and I’m sure there’s some Malbec and CS too. This is quite enjoyable, with a good amount of complexity and aromas, but as mentioned by other CTer, not for the price. I managed to get a deal on them, but would not pay asking for this.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/12/20, 3:40 AM - May I ask what price you paid?

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/12/20, 3:41 AM - May I ask what price you paid?

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/23/20, 2:36 AM - Wow. I love it when that happens.

White - Sparkling
2012 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Champagne Blend
9/30/2020 - Papies wrote:
90 points
Solid and a great upscale alternative to the normal NVs and definitely adds a star value to the celebration and at like 70£ wont brake the bank. On the rich and creamy side of course. 90-91
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/22/20, 2:54 AM - It's down to £30 at Sainsbury's in the 25% off six from Monday.

White - Sparkling
2012 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
High Steaks Saturday: Rich, lively, well balanced. Thoroughly enjoyable - and an incredible bargain at a supermarket 25% off offer. Enjoyed while using the deep fat fryer in the garden in very low light. Pleased to report that no injuries were sustained.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/8/20, 3:45 AM - Tesco I presume?

    The Veuve 2012 was down to the same price last week, but I missed my chance. Given the COVID situation, I think we're in for some big discounting in the run up to Xmas.

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/8/20, 12:09 PM - Interesting. I do find it very satisfying to get Champagne at this price and age it.

    When I worked at Majestic back in the summer of 2016, we were getting Moet 2006 at £22.49 a bottle on staff! My only regret is that I didn't buy more.

Red
2008 Errazuriz Viñedo Chadwick Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
8/18/2018 - nm10 Likes this wine:
95 points
Delicious! Cassis, red currants, and eucalyptus. What a great wine! Ready to go now, but still has years left in the bottle. Deep purple in colour. 45-second finish.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/1/20, 12:16 PM - Do you recommend time in a decanter? I’m looking to open my bottle on election night.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
10/17/2020 - GiantRam Likes this wine:
90 points
Basic NV. Lemon, fizzy and acidic.
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/23/20, 4:17 AM - Did you get the disgorgement date? It seems that this house is going downhill a bit.

  • SLIMES commented:

    10/23/20, 11:03 AM - Charles Heidsieck put the disgorgement dates on the back of their bottles. They also put the year in which the bottle entered the cellar (the previous year being the base-vintage).

    Some of my older bottles, for example, have a base vintage of 2008 and disgorgement dates ranging between 2014 and 2016. That illustrates that those bottles have had five to seven years of lees ageing.

    More recent bottles seem to have had only three years on the lees.

  • SLIMES commented:

    10/25/20, 6:47 AM - With your 2005 rose, if its disgorgement date is 2017, then it will have spent about 11 years on the lees (2006-2017). It's now had 3 years off the lees.

    It's probably good to drink now.

  • SLIMES commented:

    10/28/20, 11:02 AM - Bottles on the NV that I bought four years ago had a base vintage of 2008 (the base vintage forming 60% of the wine in the bottle) and had been laid down in their cellars in 2009. They'd then been disgorged between 2014 and 2016. This means that they'd had 5 - 7 years of ageing on the lees in the house's cellars.

    My more recent bottles of the NV have dates that suggest only 3 or 4 years' lees ageing.

    It would seem that they've been rushing the process and not ageing the wine for as long on the lees.

  • SLIMES commented:

    10/30/20, 12:16 PM - With the vintage wines you have nothing to worry about. The 2008s for example will have been on the lees between 2009 and almost immediately before their release, which by my reckoning means they've had about 10 years. : )

White - Sparkling
N.V. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Imperatrice brut Champagne Blend
8/16/2020 - scyrene Likes this wine:
88 points
Seen this a couple of times but considered it overpriced, finally caught it on offer. Thick foil, unusual faceted bottle. Pale ivory. Pleasantly broad, peachy nose with a savoury note. Particularly expansive mousse. Good richness on the palate, quite sweet, plentiful acidity, very concentrated fruit, dried apricot, apple, and peach. This is bright, vibrant, balanced, and very tasty. After a while, fairly biscuity. Good at this price, perhaps lacking a little elegance and character. [Cork + cage; 12% abv; Asda, -£10 @ £30].
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/30/20, 1:21 AM - At £22.50 a bottle at Tesco, I presume it represents great value?

White - Sparkling
2012 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Champagne Blend
8/28/2020 - scyrene Likes this wine:
91 points
One of the very few big house vintages available in supermarkets here, i've heard good things about the 2012, so seeing it on offer it seemed a good time to try, even though this is far younger than I prefer to drink champagne. Pale lemon colour. Clean, primary aroma with delicious cooked apple and butter. Astonishing concentration on the palate, this really is a vintage quality wine. Strong sour apple taste, good balance of ripeness, a whisper of plum skin just short of bitterness. I can see why people have been speaking so highly of this - it's excellent. With air, a mature pastry note develops, then a distinctive and pleasant waft of butter mint and crème fraîche(!). Good value at present, and surely has the guts to continue improving for 20 years or more, definitely recommended. [Cork + cage; 12% abv; Sainsbury's, on offer @ £44].
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/30/20, 1:11 AM - £30 at Tesco in the 25% off six at the moment. I suppose I should stock up.

White - Sparkling
2004 Union Champagne de Saint Gall Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Orpale Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
12/1/2019 - domco wrote:
Needs a little air as those first few sips were very harsh, bitter. Opened up a little after that, solid but poor QPR at this price point. These Union champagnes have been ok but not as good as I hoped.
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/22/20, 4:30 PM - May I ask what price you paid?

White - Sparkling
2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
10/19/2020 - Dovberg Likes this wine:
94 points
Drank with my wife at bar Pigalle to celibrate life. First time ever I drink Dom Perignon and it's funny because the wine was exactly the way I thought it would be according to all the good tasting notes here. Here are some notes from my blurry memory.

Very elegant, muted upon opening with clean and stylistically pure character. Fresh pears, almond icing and white flowers on the nose. With some time in the glass a more complex body started to emerge. Sweet liquorice, vanilla ice cream, lemon sorbet and viols.

Creamy, smooth on the palate with no signs of that razor sharp -08 acid some wines have. Yes vanilla ice cream and fresh pears here as well but but a slight hint of that sweet liquorice. Empowered body with huge complexity and I was surprised that this was drinking so well at this early stage.

Was even better than I would expected. We had the best night together in many years and this bottle really pushed us up there! Like someone said before "any comparison to Moet & Chandon is laughable". I agree.
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/19/20, 5:47 AM - What do you think of vintage Moet? I've always felt that there was something similar in the DNA.

White - Sparkling
2013 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
2/16/2020 - pavel_p Likes this wine:
91 points
On Emirates flight. This is the 2013 Grand Vintage as per their wine list but would like to see the bottle to confirm as I was not aware that Moet had already released their 2013. Anyway drank the glass still on the ground and this is nice with a fine mousse and a touch of brioche joining the sweetish fruit. I like this, a fine Champagne and definitely better than the usual NV.

PS: Emirates is exclusive launch partner for Moët’s 2013 vintage
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/9/20, 4:09 AM - Any idea when this will be hitting the shelves?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
8/24/2020 - Alitt177 wrote:
92 points
2010 base vintage (laid in cellar in 2011), 2018 disgorgement. Found this on the backshelf of a local supermarket, so perhaps not the most pristine example. Nonetheless, showing beautiful refinement with rich notes of almond brioche and citrus. Honestly, you can't ask for more from a NV Champagne at this price point. More recent disgorgements sadly don't to have the same age (~3 years).
  • SLIMES commented:

    8/25/20, 2:19 PM - RE: lees ageing. I'm getting seriously worried about the direction they're taking.

White - Sparkling
2002 Ruinart Champagne Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
7/17/2020 - slaton wrote:
White label. Good freshness and light on its feet. Very toasty, almost spoofily so - and the middle isn't filled out yet. I was a bit disappointed.
On day 2 this has filled in nicely and shows bags of stuffing. Slightly ripe and sweet per the vintage, but really delicious and this now reminds me of a C. Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires. Probably not a refill for me at current pricing, I'd be more inclined to stock up on the 2004 BdM for a half buck less.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/30/20, 10:56 AM - Nice comment. I loved the BdM '95 and now I'll be trying to grab some of the '04.

White - Sparkling
2005 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé Champagne Blend
10/18/2019 - DocA Does not like this wine:
89 points
Had the champagne with dinner. Pretty nose of hazelnuts, fresh dough and green apple. Strong bitterness on the finish which was very unpleasant. I. couldn’t get past this. Did not finish the bottle. This was a disappointing vintage champagne from the perspective that I was expecting a very good to excellent champagne, and it was just ok. I would have preferred a pedigreed non vintage champagne. This was no bargain. The Emperor is naked.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/21/20, 10:38 AM - I’ve had some varied experiences with this wine. I’m worried that there may be a huge difference between batches. May I ask where you got yours from?

White - Sparkling
2009 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée West Sussex Champagne Blend
5/24/2020 - empire80 Likes this wine:
92 points
A beautiful example, bready nose, baked apple, both slightly sweet and stewed, but also amazingly fresh - everything perfectly in balance. My penultimate bottle and I wish I had another case!
  • SLIMES commented:

    6/16/20, 3:40 PM - Your profile isn't public so I can't see if you're in the uk.

    Lay and Wheeler have quite a bit of the late-disgorgement classic cuvee 2009 (including magnums). You might want to have a look.

White - Sparkling
1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires Chardonnay
Disappointing. Two bottles from an impeccable source with consistent notes. Mid gold. Light but insistent bead. Very balanced and mellow but with that unmistakable wet cardboard/wet wool thing going on that I simply cannot bear in Champagne. Why anyone would want to make, let alone drink, something that tastes and smells like a wet spaniel is beyond me. Abandoned the whole thing half way through the second bottle and switched to Laurent Perrier Rose NV for the rest of the evening which was by contrast light, delicate lifted and beautifully fruity. I must be missing something. Either that of the Emperor really isn't wearing any clothes.
  • SLIMES commented:

    6/4/20, 3:42 AM - I've got through quite a few of these and at least a couple have been corked. "Wet cardboard" would certainly suggest so. Did you get the lot-code from the bottle?

Rosé - Sparkling
2008 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Millésimé Rosé Champagne Blend
8/7/2019 - vinorsk Likes this wine:
90 points
Served in SAS business class so tasted at altitude. Delightful good body, balanced acidity and the perfect balance of brioche and fruit. Dry but not tart. Some meat to the wine but not overly floral or ripe. I'd like to find more.
  • SLIMES commented:

    5/27/20, 1:35 PM - Is this the right wine?

Red
2009 Viña Almaviva S.A. Almaviva EPU Puente Alto Red Bordeaux Blend
4/7/2020 - sastal wrote:
70 points
Renensaad continues to give this wine 94 points, three times already. That is unfair to the community who rely on balanced and objective scores and commentary, which he/she never leaves (he does not accept any, either). Is Renensaad an employee of Almaviva? FYI, I have two bottles of the 2009 EPU and adore the wines from this place.
  • SLIMES commented:

    5/26/20, 3:38 PM - Is the score of 70 designed to bring the average down?

White - Sparkling
2004 Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
1/3/2020 - Goldstone Likes this wine:
91 points
Two bottles. Served in medium-sized white wine glasses. Straw gold colour. Major and persistent streams of tiny lively bubbles. Nose hasn't changed since last drank in May 2019 - lovely pure Chardonnay character - stable-room fresh straw, lots of toasted yeasty Hovis bread, hints of oyster shells. Palate remains young and taut.....suggestive of low dosage or just youth? Big reverb and resonance on a very heady and long Chardonnay-driven finish. Needs a few years to open although the strongly tart low dosage structure previously noted has dialed down faster than I expected. A fab Champagne and brilliant QPR at under US$70.
  • SLIMES commented:

    4/10/20, 11:21 AM - You keep mentioning the Pinot. Is this note meant to be for the Blanc de Blancs?

  • SLIMES commented:

    4/13/20, 11:50 AM - Just checking!

White - Sparkling
2002 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
1/17/2020 - matage Likes this wine:
93 points
Seems to be somewhat of a variation of the GA 02. Last bottle in November from the same batch felt over the top and fading whereas this one kept evolving beautifully over 2 hours and felt as it was just reaching maturity.
  • SLIMES commented:

    2/9/20, 12:09 PM - Have you noticed any difference on the basis of disgorgement dates?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
1/31/2020 - Rallerboy888 Likes this wine:
87 points
Decent NV Champagne. Not as toasty as I'd been lead to believe. Vintage 2015, disgorged 2019.
It's a pretty decent glass of wine, slightly oxidative, but not as full as Bollinger. I'll see if I can seek out some bottles with more maturation on the lees.
  • SLIMES commented:

    1/31/20, 6:44 PM - I'm worried that standards might be on the slide at CH. My most recent bottle had only 3 years on the lees. In the past I've had bottles with 7 year son the lees.

White - Sparkling
2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
1/20/2020 - NickA Likes this wine:
92 points
Vinous London dinner, January 2020 (La Trompette): Lovely poise and balance, and some delicious cream; prefer this to the 2007.
  • SLIMES commented:

    1/22/20, 6:01 AM - I thought I saw some Comtes heading towards the private dining room.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
1/13/2020 - SLIMES Likes this wine:
92 points
Fantastic. 2008 base. disgorged 2014.

Drunk over three nights. Lovely toast and under-done pastry on the nose with white fruits (Apple turnover.) Fruit was fading on night three, but that's acceptable in a NV Champagne that has reserve wine streaching back into the last century.

It's worrying to note that bottles I've seen in shops recently only show three years of lees-ageing on the back label. I'm hoping that their newish Chef de Cave isn't going to trash the place.
  • SLIMES commented:

    1/14/20, 5:08 AM - That's good to hear. I've noticed the disparity myself, particularly with the 2008 base. I know that CH's balance-sheet has always been in a bit of trouble so I hope that they don't panic and start dumbing-down.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne Imperatrice brut Champagne Blend
Complex nose, brown apples and yeast,
9g of residual sugar which you can really taste, off dry almost tastes a bit like prosecco.
A bit disappointing.
  • SLIMES commented:

    12/9/19, 6:17 PM - It's on offer at Tesco at £22.50 (25% off six). Do you recon it's worth that price?

White - Sparkling
2012 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
7/27/2019 - CWang wrote:
92 points
Floral and fruity nose full of citrus fruit, honey, and lily flowers; acidic and fruity on the palate, citrus fruits, roasted nuts and toasts, yeasts, and wet pebbles; long finish with lasting fine bubbles; overall, 91-92 points at this stage; should evolve further in a few more years; tasted at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/30/19, 6:32 PM - I'm a big of Moet Vintage and while reading your note I couldn't help notice your reference to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Is is any good? any tips on what to order?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
11/22/2019 - Andrewbdc wrote:
92 points
Laid in chalk in 2013 and disgorged in 2018 so probably based on the 2012 vintage and 4-5 years development on the lees. Different vintage but note consistent with previous bottles. You can see the consistent house style. Latest purchase, which I won’t touch for a year, has only 3 years ageing on the lees, which does concern me. Would be a shame to see a change in style.

The wine is clear and medium gold in colour with bubbles.
The nose is clean with medium (+) intensity aromas of citrus (lemon, lemon curd), green fruit (baked apple, pear), autolysis (biscuit, dough), tertiary (nuts, smoke, mushroom). The wine is fully developed.
The palate is of dry with high acidity, medium alcohol (12%), medium (+) body, pronounced intensity flavours of lemon, baked apple, pear, biscuit, nuts, smoke. The mousse is creamy. The finish is long.
The wine is outstanding quality. The wine has great concentration of flavours and has pronounced autolytic character due to the length of time spent on the lees. Drinking beautifully now.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/23/19, 11:46 AM - 3 years on the lees! That's a little worrying.

White
2015 Ataraxia Chardonnay Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
I wish I'd got more of this. So new world on the attack with melon and pineapple but with spectacular satsuma-acidity on the finish that prevents things from getting too heavy.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/19/19, 1:00 AM - Fighting crime, the fear of crime and building bridges with the community : )

    Devil Dog is that you?

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/19/19, 3:05 PM - You seemed to disappear from here for a while. What was that about?

    I love Charles Heidsieck. I'm down to my last four bottles of BdM 1995. : (

  • SLIMES commented:

    11/23/19, 8:33 AM - I assumed that you'd been arrested for something and were trying to avoid vigilantes.

Rosé - Sparkling
2006 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
11/21/2019 - 3daywinereview.com wrote:
87 points
Worldwide Wines that Don't Suck (Saint Genevieve, Minneapolis): Disappointing. Have not enjoyed the Moet 2006s. This lacks complexity. Dried herbs, raspberries, too much chalk and lacks acidity. Not my style.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/22/19, 2:33 PM - That's a shame. I notice that you haven't written a tasting note for Moet 2006. I'd be interested to know your opinion.

White - Sparkling
2007 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
11/18/2019 - SLIMES Likes this wine:
91 points
I had this on two recent occasions. Very oxidative. I remember Tom Stevenson complaining about this problem with Bollinger's wines back in 2013. (I had one or two complaints from customers at my Majestic branch at the same time.) Given the time-lag involved with the release of the NV in 2012/2013, it would make sense that this oxidation problem would rear its head in the 2007 vintage.

That aside, I did enjoy this bottle even though it tasted much older than it should. Not a great Grande Annee but one to drink while waiting for 02s and 08s to mature. I should also add that this looks at the moment to be the last 'affordable' Grande Annee; with the change in bottle-shape kicking in with the profound 2008, Bollinger have taken the opportunity to increase the price significantly (Charles Heidsieck have done exactly the same thing.)
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/19/19, 12:54 AM - That’s good to hear. I’m no longer with Majestic but I’m lucky enough to live a few hundred metres from my local branch. I’m hoping that things turn out all right, now that Rowan Gormley is selling parts of the business off.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
11/13/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
88 points
A good but somewhat weaker performance - from various standard bottles this felt as if it was a bit too young (and possibly not the strongest base vintage composition?). Bollinger NV does benefit a lot from bottle age. Good here but missing the depth and richness that this can have from aged bottles and especially magnum aged bottles.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/14/19, 12:28 PM - Did you get the lot code? I believe that the first two digits represent the year of release.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
11/11/2019 - Avalon Acreage Likes this wine:
94 points
Crisp, fresh and sophosticated. A wine we both love. Dragged it out to celebrate a friend's clean bill of health after a little scare. Worthy of the occasion.
  • SLIMES commented:

    11/14/19, 10:11 AM - Just a quick question: was this the NV brut?

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé Champagne Blend
10/19/2019 - 2020 wrote:
I purchased (3) BS Rose 375ml bottles last week from a great wine shop. I wanted 750’s, but they did not have them. I purchased the 375’s.

Tonight I drank the first of the three. What a disappointment. No fruit at all, and only alcohol for aromatics. The 375 ml bottle format is terrible. If magnum is best, why they even make a 375ml is beyond me!

Also, the lack of disgorgement info from BS is really annoying and likely even the bigger problem. Printing it would have avoided this. Back to Marc Hébrart Rose. He tells me exactly what’s in the bottle!
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/29/19, 3:25 PM - I know how you feel. I haven’t had any bad experiences with this wine but I’m getting sick of the excuses over disgorgement dates.

White - Sparkling
2009 Nyetimber Classic Cuvée West Sussex Champagne Blend
9/4/2019 - DFBW Likes this wine:
92 points
Gorgeous wine now with 10 years of age on it. Fresh and rich apple flavours.
Great length and balance.
Drank after a Veuve Cliquot which was not in the same arena.
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/15/19, 12:18 AM - Have you had this bottle for a few years or is this a recent disgorgement? Nyetimber have re-released this in a number of different formats through Lay and Wheeler and I’m tempted to bight.

  • SLIMES commented:

    10/15/19, 1:32 PM - I'll try and get some. Thanks

White - Sparkling
2002 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare Champagne Blend
9/21/2019 - fc1910 Likes this wine:
95 points
My first try of this bottling, purchased some bottle by auction some time ago, pnp in a big glass, I have made a lot of good experiences by using bigger glasses especially for high end champagne bottlings, very intense fizzling at first, strong fragrance of brioche, chalk, nuts and ripe pears, extremly mouthfilling on the palate, the minerality clearly in the foreground, limy , strong nutty aromas, the fruit in the background, this bottle has a really young appearance, still, very well structured and a delicious creamy flow, a real relevation, long life ahead, highly recommended, ***(**), 94,95(+) potential
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/15/19, 1:05 AM - Is there any particular champagne glass that has been particularly impressive. I’m looking to invest in some new ones.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut Champagne Blend
10/6/2019 - Josch48 Likes this wine:
89 points
How much money does one have to spend to find a Champagne that delivers vivid fruit, balanced acid, effervescence, and delicate creamy yeasty coating in the mouth throughout the finish. This is most certainly not a rhetorical question.
Granted, for every Champagne house’s respective Brut cuvée, there is a recognizable, hopefully consistent, specifically appreciated style throughout their offerings.
We four last evening all concurred on a predominant expression of unidimensional apple with a tight and bright palate cleansing mouthfeel, devoid of creaminess.
All manner of salty, sweet, citrus rind-stuffed olives, and cheese pre-meal delicacies failed to pry open and reveal any other flavor or mouthfeel components from the wine.
Perhaps over the years I have developed a stubbornly unrealistic optimistic expectation from an under $60.00 a bottle Champagne. We have enjoyed a short list of Champagne Brut; Moët and Chandon, Piper Heidsieck, Tattinger, Roederer, Lanson, with multiple disappointments with Veuve Cliquot, including their vintage offerings.
More study, money and experimentation, along with a relaxed level of expectation, are obviously necessary.
  • SLIMES commented:

    10/8/19, 11:29 AM - I only clicked on 'comments' to recommend Charles Heidsieck, but I see that someone has beaten me to it. I can't see from your profile which part of the world you are from but in the UK, it's worth hunting around for a deal.

    Drappier's not a bad option either.

Red
2004 Château Léoville Barton St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend
Mmm, this is starting to hit those notes of cigar box and spices while still maintaining a dark color and medium plus body. Excellent, great concentration, worth spending some time on a wine like this. I tasted at a party so I spent less time with it than I would have liked.
  • SLIMES commented:

    9/25/19, 6:55 PM - Tasted at a party?! Sounds like quite an event if this was being served.

White - Sparkling
1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires Chardonnay
8/21/2019 - jdhannah Likes this wine:
94 points
Fresh as could be and absolutely fantastic. In a perfect place, still has the life and sparkle of a young champagne but with great mature tones. As I read the notes, seems like 70% have this experience and 30% are well past prime, and it seems to coordinate with the later bottling (which has a bottle with decorative logo stuck right on) being fresher and the earlier bottling (which has a traditional wine label) being on the decline, FWIW. Mine was a later bottling and the last of four, and if I could buy more I would in a heartbeat.
  • SLIMES commented:

    8/21/19, 2:15 PM - I know what you mean about the different bottlings. Did you get the lot-code? I believe the first two digits are the year of release.

  • SLIMES commented:

    9/15/19, 5:08 PM - Thanks. My few remaining bottles are in storage so I@m not 100% sure of the lot-codes : (

  • SLIMES commented:

    9/15/19, 5:08 PM - Thanks. My few remaining bottles are in storage so I@m not 100% sure of the lot-codes : (

White - Sparkling
2004 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Chardonnay
7/21/2019 - acyso wrote:
93 points
2004 tête de cuvées blind (Chicago, IL): Served double blind. Unmistakably CdC -- this was one of the easiest calls. The chardonnay character here is refreshing and brilliant; so bright and lifted, with a slight muskiness that is actually quite sensual. It's not a very powerful wine (such as the Krug) but it's more vinous and racy. For the price this has got to be one of the best values in champagne.
  • SLIMES commented:

    9/14/19, 5:04 AM - May I ask what price you hand in mind when you refer to the value-for-money?

White - Sparkling
1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires Chardonnay
9/12/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
96 points
1995 Vintage Champagne horizontal (Medlar (London)): New bottle design and Jan-14 disgorgement. These vary quite a bit depending on the disgorgement date. Seems like Jan-14 is a good one which I am pleased about as this was first bottle of a case. The nose was Charles Heidsieck and picked out by quite a few people. Probably on a par with the Comtes and both are great BdB and have a long life ahead and are still on the way up.
  • SLIMES commented:

    9/13/19, 3:00 PM - I have to agree about the disgorgement dates as I've mentioned it in my own notes.

    (Btw: When you say 'vertical', don't you mean horizontal?

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
8/8/2019 - MAOC wrote:
2008 base, first bottle. Still more primary than expected - quite round apple, bread, a little development but acid still prominent. Maybe best to wait another 2-3 years on these ***(*?)
  • SLIMES commented:

    8/9/19, 4:05 PM - May I ask when this was disgorged?

White - Sparkling
2005 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
7/19/2019 - CMN wrote:
Stylistically reminds me of a mini-Krug with broad, expansive flavors of citrus and brioche. Plenty of acidity and a medium finish. The bead felt just a bit tired. Unlike Krug, not very concentrated nor quite as harmonious. I’d drink this sooner rather than later.
  • SLIMES commented:

    8/6/19, 5:10 AM - Looking back at previous ‘off’ vintages, I’d have thought that this would still have a long way to go. I certainly can’t see this declining any time soon.

White - Sparkling
2002 Louis Roederer Champagne Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
7/17/2019 - BenBlu Likes this wine:
93 points
2002 Vintage Champagne horizontal (Elystan Street, London): A divine start to a great evening - this was served non blind from magnum. This cuvee is an overperformer in my view out of magnum as I have still fond memories of a 1996 magnum I had ~6-7 years back, i.e. at around a similar age. This to me was a perfectly balanced champagne with very good depth that was very classic Roederer to me. I also have a nostalgia of that old label (which is when their Brut Premier was still a great NV but that is different point of discussion). To me a beautiful champagne that is drinking at its early phase of full maturity in magnum but will keep and will probably improve for the next 10 years.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/22/19, 3:23 PM - Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your 2002 notes.

White - Sparkling
2008 Lanson Champagne Gold Label Brut Champagne Blend
7/22/2019 - brigcampbell wrote:
It was nice but not a big wow factor. Not sure the dosage on this brut but I didn't find it conspicuously sweet, although there is a density to it.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/22/19, 2:56 PM - Give it 10 years...

White - Sparkling
N.V. Pol Roger Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
Bought on a whim from Waitrose after moving to a new house. Actually really good. I'm not a follower of Pol Roger, but I always enjoy the fullness on the palate. Had some nice toastiness.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/17/19, 2:23 AM - Thanks. I do think it's one of those go-to champagnes.

  • SLIMES commented:

    7/18/19, 3:56 AM - I know. I managed to get hold of a magnum of PR that was reduced to clear at M+S (£53.33) and I've sent it off to storage. I hardly ever drink any NV Champagne straight off the shelf any more.

White - Sparkling
2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne Champagne Blend
7/14/2019 - rocknroller wrote:
96 points
Light gold color. Opened this for our 35th Anniversary. Split bottle over 3 hours plus. Beautiful and seamless; wonderfully toasted, brioche, pear and fine lemons, creamy mousse, roasted nuts, lightly chalky minerality. Quite elegant and a long finish. My wife always being more generous, scored this a point or two higher. I wil not be arguing with her. A great bottle on a special day. 96-K, 98-V.
  • SLIMES commented:

    7/15/19, 8:30 AM - "Picking your battles is a key to longevity!"

    ..and picking your bottles.

    Congratulations.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve Champagne Blend
6/12/2019 - drrobvino wrote:
93 points
Oh so delicious, consumed this 2nd of 6 magnums while eating a bunch of sushi with dear friends and sons.
Base year 2013, disgorged in 2016.
Notes of biscuit and lees on the nose, alongside deep lemon and quince. Acacia flowers. Layers of complexity due to the high % of reserve wine used in this NV blend. Throws out a gorgeous mousse, the finish is quite long and satisfying. Perfectly measured dosage. Just a great bottle of bubbles.
Drink now through 2025 or so...
  • SLIMES commented:

    6/15/19, 4:38 AM - I was thinking the same thing. I was at a tasting recently where the rep for CH said that the magnums that the house have in stock contain younger wine than the bottles. He acknowledged that this is the opposite of what one would expect and said that the house was trying to reverse this. I suspect that the short lees-ageing of the above magnum is part of that process.

    The last bottle of CH that I had had a base year of 2007 and was disgorged in 2015.

Red
2005 Seña Aconcagua Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
9/27/2013 - LIE-user wrote:
86 points
In the nose wet stone and minerals, combined with red berries. Unfortunately a strong nose of alcohol, therefore it doesn't really bring much pleasure to your nose.
In the mouth lots of tannins and very present acidity. Tastes a little bit like those little experiments we did in chemistry back in school.

I don't know if it simply is too young or if they tried to fill more in the bottle then there was in den grape. Time will tell. Right now you get more with dozens of wines from Chile for half the price. As there are still some more of the Sena 2005 in my cellar, I will try it again in some years.

Update: After approximately 12+ hours it gets a little better. Therefore I would recommend cold decanting for about 18 hours in the cellar. With that in mind it probably is somewhere around 88/89.
  • SLIMES commented:

    6/14/19, 9:39 PM - Did you revisit this?

White - Sparkling
2009 Moët & Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Brut Champagne Blend
3/30/2019 - zhearr wrote:
Steely, deep and long. Pungency, salinity, and autolytic character dominate the nose. But not exactly the bold biscuity aroma that makes me think of Champagne. Feels tight even at 10 years age. For immediate drinking I think some NV may offer comparable complexity at half the price. Disgorged 01/17. 91-92+
  • SLIMES commented:

    6/10/19, 8:29 AM - May I ask what price you paid?

White - Sparkling
N.V. G. H. Mumm & Cie Champagne Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne Blend
I bought this on a whim as it was discounted and I was hoping to be able to say that this was a decent prospect at a reduced price (£20). Unfortunately it was overshadowed by Piper Heidsieck NV, Laurent Perrier NV and Taittinger NV, some of which can be purchased at the same price.

According to Mumm's website, this spends 20 months on the lees, more than the minimum, but significantly less than its peers. It shows.
  • SLIMES commented:

    5/25/19, 3:51 AM - I’ll give it another go in six months.

    Quick question given that Sainsbury’s and Tesco are both doing a 25% off six deal: Veuve 2008 or Moët 2012? I thought you’d be the best person to ask.

  • SLIMES commented:

    5/25/19, 8:47 AM - Lol. I noticed the Imperatrice on the Tesco website aa well. Thanks for the response. I usually go for Moet Vintage over Veuve, but I’m struck by some of the notes on here for the Veuve 2008.

  • SLIMES commented:

    5/25/19, 10:12 AM - I noticed a lot of very high scores for the 2008 when I looked on my phone. I've now checked on my desktop PC and noticed that a lot of those scores are for LGD rather than the vintage. Given that I've preferred the Moet in the past, I think I'll stick with that.

White - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne La Cuvée Champagne Blend
2/11/2019 - SLIMES Does not like this wine:
86 points
I got these on a good deal in early 2018, so they've had an extra year of ageing. I have to say that this was disappointing, being thin on the palate with an unappealing bitterness on the finish. I'll open another fairly soon to check that this wasn't just a bad bottle.
  • SLIMES commented:

    5/22/19, 3:28 PM - I know what you mean. I recently bought a magnum of Pol Roger that I intend to age for a few years.

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