June 20, 2020 - Complex depth and yeasty nose - superb length and finish - sweet spot now and for the next years I suppose! Brilliant Champagne
February 24, 2020 - Nice, young. Still developing and could gain a couple points in the future.
February 10, 2020 - This bottle was really firing on all cylinders. Amazing wine.
February 5, 2020 - Two visits to Waiheke Island (Easter 2019 and New Year's 2020) (Auckland, NZ): Deep but bright gold. A bouquet of orchard and tropical fruit particularly pears, passionfruit and pineapples, with fine citrus, cinnamon and other baking spices and a dab of clotted cream. In the mouth, more citric than suggested by the bouquet but with an oxidative edge. More exotic fruit than I would have expected from a Pol Winston (I doubt I would have picked it blind). Very much a ripe, opulent 2002 character. Top quality Champagne!
December 22, 2019 - The New Traditional December 22 Tasting (Anders place): Quite developed on the nose with earthy notes and a delicate layer of yellow fruit and cookie dough autolysis. On the palate the fruit is more to the dry side and figs is the main component. Really fresh and uplifting acidity.
December 19, 2019 - Pale yellow/gold. Bread, toast, pear on the nose with a little aged complexity, good mousse, medium-full body, some complexity on the palate (but not as much as the similarly aged MV Krug opened at the same dinner), bit of sweetness nicely balanced by minerally acidity, medium finish. Starting to show well, hoping for more complexity over time having tasted it next to the Krug. Excellent.
December 14, 2019 - Another consistent showing of this wine with a yellow gold colour and fine bead. There are beautiful and fine aromas of red apple, wild strawberry, white peach, poached pear and brioche on the nose which develop further with time. There is a touch of oxidative character that is more notable than previous bottles. The palate remains quite rich with strong Blanc de Noirs character but with a long fine spine of acid and citrus all balanced by some soft brioche characters. Delicious !
December 9, 2019 - Pale yellow/gold. Bread, toast, pear on the nose with some aged complexity showing that wasn’t there in last year's bottle, good mousse, medium-full body, complexity follows through on the palate, bit of sweetness nicely balanced by minerally acidity, medium finish. Starting to show really well, likely at peak and should stay there for a few years or longer. Excellent.
December 7, 2019 - White Truffle Dinner: Rich and toasty -- in a great spot right now. Excellent but not quite as good as 02 Dom and no where close to 02 Krug in the same flight.
December 7, 2019 - Fifteenth Annual White Truffle Dinner (Lake Bluff, IL): In Great 2002 Flight. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir coming through clearly with very good weight, starting to age around the edges. I liked this slightly more a few years back.