February 24, 2017 - The Second Avery Family Cellar Wine Dinner - Really old wines (The Grill Room at the Rosewood DC): Sound looking bottle with a good fill level. Delicate nose displaying shy yellow fruit, slightly oxidize apple, lanoline, toffee, ginger and mineral. Soft, warm and round, shy medium mousse, slightly lacking acidity hence lacking energy and precision and a medium finish.
November 6, 2016 - Complete Vertival Tasting of Winston Churchill in Magnums and Jero: oxidized
March 23, 2012 - A rather disappointing entry in a recent Pol Roger Churchill vertical. Earthy, grainy, and a bit sour. Tired mousse, and little fruit aroma remains. Perhaps it's just over the hill, or storage was sub-par. But given several other notes here with similar observations, I'd tend to think more that this particular vintage is just not up to par with what is normally one of the grandest prestige cuvées of all the Grande Marque houses.
November 11, 2011 - From 1.5L. Disjointed - decent on the front but an oxidized, unpleasant finish. Mushroom. Some dark citrus notes. Good mousse. Didn't get corked at all... Just not right. Too bad.
November 11, 2011 - Jen's Birthday (The Bristol - Chicago IL): At first I thought badly oxidized. Later others said it was corked. Sad....
February 7, 2009 - Drank from a magnum: Easily the best champagne I have ever had. I didn't keep notes as it was during a birthday party, sorry, but this was really, really, really good. Wow, a real eye-opener as to what is possible. Utterly beautiful in every way. No edges, subtle bubbles, beautiful nose and palate. Had every single person that had it in tears. A truly epic experience.
February 3, 2006 - A tarnished gold colour with very fine bead evident. Initially the nose gave off some oxidative, varnishy burnt almond characters, but these came around to mostly caramel, mushroom, apricot and nuttiness. A wave of flavour envelops your mouth on the first taste. The palate is fresher than the nose would indicate, it is pure elegance, superbly balanced and had awesome texture and length. Ready to drink now.