September 26, 2019 - Kuki'o Wine Trip 2019; 9/22/2019-9/28/2019 (Champagne & Bordeaux): Very round and open and losing its tension somewhat. Warm and inviting nose that has bruised apple, cinnamon, and beginning to develop light caramel too. More oxidative than you’d hope, sort of just hanging on. 92 - 93...
September 8, 2019 - Opened with a soft sigh and provided moderate bubbles until the last sip.
Medium golden color and a explosive nose of... everything! There are oxidative notes, fresh candied fruit, white chocolate, toffee. It goes on and on. Similar flavors along with some ginger as well. The last sips had a delicious sweet and sour note. Finish is long and lovely.
June 15, 2019 - Champagne - 75 Top Vintage and NV Champagne; 9/1/2015-9/22/2019: Wonderful mature Champagne nose with candied apple & cinnamon, vanilla, (I guess that makes apple pie) flowers, ginger. Not too oxidative for the fact that this is 30 years old. The palate stays fresh with fine perlage.
April 6, 2019 - From Magnum
Nose is explosive...candied ginger, flowers, citrus, orange marmalade, coffee, chocolate, earth, Xmas spice, mushroom, biscuit, brioche and minerals
Palate is dense but here is where you see the impact of the vintage....just a touch lighter than what you see from a top, top vintage.
Finish is long...coffee, chocolate, candied ginger, minerals, orange zest, flowers, mushrooms, earth and brioche.
December 25, 2018 - A sigh on opening, persistent bead in the glass. Rich gold colour. Still fully sparkling in the mouth. Deep, concentrated caramel aroma, with rum, cooked orchard fruit, and maybe a little chocolate (but I have to say with wines like this, I don't get the masses of nuances others claim - it just smells of good mature champagne!). The taste is interesting: upfront acidity, then the midpalate opens out with lots of complexity. There's something sweet in the mouth but not on the tongue, if that makes sense - a sort of fragrance of sweetness without the sugar. After a few minutes, the acidity settles down and it's well balanced. Very similar to the Krug '95 for me - not a blockbuster, but a complete drink offering a lot of pleasure, and it probably will for many years to come. Not the favourite wine I tried this year but certainly in the top 5. [Cork + cage; 12% abv; Vintage Wine Gifts, £389.97 with a discount].
November 27, 2018 - Very oxidized and way past its prime, but still interesting
November 11, 2018 - Adding an anecdote that this review may be slightly faded as I brought these two bottles to The French Laundry the night after our weddings. Probably added something to the score but I did my best to be objective.
Of the two bottles served, one was good to great, the other was spectacular (understatement).
Color on the wine was burnt amber and deeply golden.
There was still a healthy amount of mousse and the nose was closer to....d’Yquem than anything else I could describe. Beautiful notes of fresh fruits and crisp acidity.
Definitely not past it’s prime and if you have a bottle, I hope you open and enjoy before it turns the corner.
July 6, 2018 - Weekend in Napa; 7/5/2018-7/8/2018 (Napa, CA): Was fairly oxidized, nose was reminiscent of sherry, very nutty, honey, semisweet smelling, color was amber to brownish. Palate was typical Krug richness, very nice and assertive acidity with more sherry flavors of nuts and caramel. Effervescence was minimal, semi expected at this age. I enjoyed this enough but felt over the hill or possibly a flawed bottle (I am leaning toward flawed) thus I didnt score it. It felt very lackluster next to the 89 Cave Privée.
December 2, 2017 - Past it’s prime but still tasty
November 28, 2017 - Definitely the Champagne of the night and #2 overall in a great line up of wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone. Original disgorgement circa 1998. Awesome color - medium amber. Really fresh and crisp. Light carmel. Some tobacco and cigar box. Highly complex wine with loads of nuance. Also comes off sweet and luscious. Fantastic.