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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1001 Post by M.Kaplan » February 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm

Matthew King wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb.

Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes.
I drank a bottle of 2004 Krug on Wednesday and liked it precisely for the reasons that you mention: high acid, white fruit, no oxidation.

On Friday, I drank a 375 of Krug 162eme. It was too oxidative for my liking.
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#1002 Post by Jim Stewart » February 9th, 2020, 3:57 pm

2015 Francois Pinon Vouvray Petillant Brut
OK, not a true champagne, but I’m putting this note here anyway. After seeing FMIII and Brig post some notes on Vouvray Petillant in another thread, along with some positive “chip on” comments from others about sparkling chenin, I started looking for one. I saw this bottle by Pinon and grabbed a singleton for a taste drive. Pinon also make a Non-Dosé version of this, so I guess that makes this bottle the Non-Non-Dosé version.

This wine showed the slightest hint of a blush color. Nice steady stream of bubbles seemed on the fine side to look at, but “tasted” larger and quite assertive. Very dry on first taste, although I did read that the dosage might be around 9g/L. Nice nutty mineral taste, with tangy fruit and softer mouthfeel bubbles showing up as the temperature moderates. I thought this sparkling wine had a very similar taste profile and development in the glass as a recent NV Roederer Brut Reserve. (That may be more a statement of my tasting abilities than true similarities.) Obviously there are different grapes with the Chenin Blanc here, but the methode is the same I believe, what they call traditionelle. This seems like it would be a pleasing sparkling wine choice for most wine drinkers and as an occasional detour for Champagne lovers.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1003 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » February 10th, 2020, 9:49 am

'09 Roederer Rose - a bit darker colored than most other vintages of Roederer Rose, including Cristal. Good fruit with some acidity. Drinks well now and is very enjoyable although not very complex. I wouldn't defer from drinking this for too many more years. Excellent
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1004 Post by Warren Taranow » February 10th, 2020, 10:05 am

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February 10th, 2020, 9:49 am
'09 Roederer Rose - a bit darker colored than most other vintages of Roederer Rose, including Cristal. Good fruit with some acidity. Drinks well now and is very enjoyable although not very complex. I wouldn't defer from drinking this for too many more years. Excellent
Ray,
I love Roederer Rosè, although I’ve only had the 2012. I went through a full case, and didn’t save any to enjoy them with a little bottle age. I have some ‘13 pending delivery.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1005 Post by crickey » February 10th, 2020, 10:49 am

M.Kaplan wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Matthew King wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb.

Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes.
I drank a bottle of 2004 Krug on Wednesday and liked it precisely for the reasons that you mention: high acid, white fruit, no oxidation.

On Friday, I drank a 375 of Krug 162eme. It was too oxidative for my liking.
Please help out a newbie: when you say "oxidative notes," do you mean nutty, savory notes, as opposed to fresh fruit notes?
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1006 Post by M.Kaplan » February 10th, 2020, 10:50 am

crickey wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 10:49 am
M.Kaplan wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Matthew King wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb.

Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes.
I drank a bottle of 2004 Krug on Wednesday and liked it precisely for the reasons that you mention: high acid, white fruit, no oxidation.

On Friday, I drank a 375 of Krug 162eme. It was too oxidative for my liking.
Please help out a newbie: when you say "oxidative notes," do you mean nutty, savory notes, as opposed to fresh fruit notes?
Nutty and sherry notes.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1007 Post by crickey » February 10th, 2020, 11:28 am

Thank you. I've had exactly one Krug, and I picked up those notes, but I attributed them to age when maybe I should think of it as the house style.
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#1008 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » February 10th, 2020, 12:08 pm

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'09 Roederer Rose - a bit darker colored than most other vintages of Roederer Rose, including Cristal. Good fruit with some acidity. Drinks well now and is very enjoyable although not very complex. I wouldn't defer from drinking this for too many more years. Excellent
Ray,
I love Roederer Rosè, although I’ve only had the 2012. I went through a full case, and didn’t save any to enjoy them with a little bottle age. I have some ‘13 pending delivery.
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Haven't tried the 2012 yet. Looking forward to it.

One of my favorite Rose's of all time were some mags of '82 Roederer Vinotheque. Unfortunately, finished the last one a couple of years ago.

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#1009 Post by Jay Miller » February 10th, 2020, 1:15 pm

a 2012 Benoit Lahaye "La Violaine" opened last Thursday was its usual glorious self.
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#1010 Post by K John Joseph » February 10th, 2020, 1:27 pm

PSA - Piper Heidsieck "Extra Dry" means something very, very different than Extra Brut.

That is all.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1011 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » February 10th, 2020, 1:37 pm

K John Joseph wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 1:27 pm
PSA - Piper Heidsieck "Extra Dry" means something very, very different than Extra Brut.

That is all.
Yes, the name "Extra Dry" is a misleading classification.
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#1012 Post by Yao C » February 10th, 2020, 1:54 pm

2010 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules
Welcoming and approachable; lifted, perfumey red fruit (strawberry?), and a palpable sweetness in the mouth; the air of frivolity hides the structure but it's there, invisibly keeping everything focused and on track; good plus
Matthew King wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Had an 04 Krug last night in 750 to celebrate FIL’s 88th. He loved it, but man is that a high-acid, white-fruit neutron bomb.

Seemed very young to me. Slightly un-Kruglike in that I really didn’t pick up any oxidative notes.
Interesting you say this - I had two bottles of the 2004 on two consecutive days. The first (at l'Assiette Champenoise) was intensely honeyed white fruit with moderate acidity (id: 316029). The second (at Krug) was screamingly acidic and thin and embryonic (sadly I failed to record the ID). Maybe bottle variation, or variation from disgorgement to disgorgement?
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#1013 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 10th, 2020, 2:22 pm

Apparently Emirates is pouring the 2002 p2 in first class atm

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#1014 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 12th, 2020, 6:28 pm

Gonet-Medeville Brut Tradition

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#1015 Post by Warren Taranow » February 12th, 2020, 9:40 pm

2001 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée. They pulled another rabbit out of a hat in this difficult vintage. Typical CdC richness; creamy orange, apple pie with brown spice, apricot compote, a little oxidative. Plush texture on the palate. The oak worked well. Stellar wine regardless of the poor vintage.
This was sadly my only bottle from this vintage, but happily, I have seven other vintages tempting me in the cellar.

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#1016 Post by Hank Victor » February 14th, 2020, 1:16 pm

Drappier Carte d'or Brut NV

Big bruiser of a Champagne and felt clumsy, ton of yello apple. Definitely better with food.
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#1017 Post by Oliver McCrum » February 14th, 2020, 5:23 pm

Guy Charlemagne Le Mesnil, to celebrate no tariffs on Italian wines (for the moment at least). Lovely wine, seems traditional dosage, very complex and flavorful, evolving in the glass.
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#1018 Post by Warren Taranow » February 15th, 2020, 7:30 am

Oliver McCrum wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Guy Charlemagne Le Mesnil, to celebrate no tariffs on Italian wines (for the moment at least). Lovely wine, seems traditional dosage, very complex and flavorful, evolving in the glass.
Oliver,

I know they’re located in Le Mesnil, but I couldn’t find a bottling called “Le Mesnil“ on CellarTracker or with a cursory search online.
I really like the 2008 “Mesnillesime”, although it’s still painfully young. I bought the 2012 as well.

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#1019 Post by Hank Victor » February 15th, 2020, 4:01 pm

Voirin-Jumel 1er Cru Brut BdB

Great bang for your buck at $35...

My ideal balance between autolytic characteristics, citrus, and green fruit.
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#1020 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2020, 4:05 pm

This bottle of Marie Courtin is going on my WOTY list for 2020, the first bottle I have listed. This is coming off the 2014 Eloquence from 2019, that along with 2009 Cristal, were my Champagnes of the year for 2019. I know that these grower, clean farmed low/no dose wines are not for everyone's palate but they really work well for me, especially the wines of Marie Courtin. Superb stuff.
  • 2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Efflorescence Extra Brut - France, Champagne (2/15/2020)
    First of three. 100% Pinot Noir from the bottom of the slope, no dosage, farmed biodyamic. And, I've been drinking a lot of the 2014 Marie Courtin Resonance recently, which is the top of the hill, whereas Effloresence is the bottom--the soils are different, as well. In thinking about both cuvees now, and in comparison to the profiles, there is a definite structural and power that shows up in Efflorescence. The bottle for this note was part of our Valentine's Day dinner last night and I reserved the last 1/2 glass to bring home, stoppering up the bottle. So, it's been open 24 hours and also retained a good amount of CO2. I also know that the wine is made in old oak, and some off the toasty quality gets into the wine, adding an additional sensory feature to the aromatics, joining a floral note too. There is a core of saline/brine in this wine that gives it a savory, mouthwatering quality. The fruit reflects green apple, brisk strawberry, dried red fruit, pear, herb, and then a tingling acidity that reminds me of tangerine. The finish is infused with minerality that is lithe and refreshing. This is superb, with so much energy, vibrance and yet there is complex flavors all working beneath the structure. I need a few more bottles of this to let the gift of time work its magic yet even now, at this short age, I'm sticking this bottle on my WOTY 2020 list.
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#1021 Post by Brian Lynch » February 15th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Laherte Les Grandes Crayeres and Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier. Both are smoking good!
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#1022 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2020, 4:24 pm

Brian, I just took delivery of my Laherte Crayeres too. Need to try one in the next few weeks so thanks for the note. Might be worth you trying Marguet Crayeres too if you have not yet had a bottle of it. I think in 2014 that Crayeres is the best wine of the single plots, too.
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#1023 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 15th, 2020, 4:28 pm

Gimmonnet Millesime de collection 2008, fantastic

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#1024 Post by Blake Brown » February 16th, 2020, 5:20 pm

Just posted a separate thread re an annual champagne/ Valentine event my tasting group held last Thursday. Some fine bubbly abounded.
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#1025 Post by Brian Lynch » February 17th, 2020, 8:34 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
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Brian, I just took delivery of my Laherte Crayeres too. Need to try one in the next few weeks so thanks for the note. Might be worth you trying Marguet Crayeres too if you have not yet had a bottle of it. I think in 2014 that Crayeres is the best wine of the single plots, too.
Agree. I have some Marguet Crayeres '14 and will get into tasting it in March. If you hit the Laherte in the meantime, post a note.
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#1026 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2020, 8:52 am

Funny, I was just coming back to correct my post, Brian. The Laherte Freres Crayeres is from Chavot, which is not the same as Marguet's. Not sure how I got on that track. But, in terms of the 2014 Marguet Crayeres, that is still very good [wink.gif]
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#1027 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » February 17th, 2020, 2:33 pm

Kept it young over the past few days -

'99 Billecart-Salmon BdB - one of my favorite wines from the vintage. Not quite up there with Taittinger CdC or Cristal but highly enjoyable. Still quite vibrant with yellow fruits and good acidity. Will probably drink well for another 10-15 years. Excellent

'02 Dom Ruinart BdB - A Champagne that doesn't get the attention it deserves, especially in this vintage. Auction pricing was relatively flat from release until recently.Very pale in color. Good fruit with some smokey notes and chalk. Excellent Plus

'02 Dom Ruinart BdB Magnum - See above except this was more powerful and intense. Decades of life left. Staggering Minus

'04 Taittinger CdC - A delicious bowl of lemons in a glass with bubbles. Very approachable but surely will age. Staggering Minus
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#1028 Post by John Glas » February 17th, 2020, 2:49 pm

Piper Heidsieck Brut! Love it.

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#1029 Post by Blake Brown » February 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Kept it young over the past few days -

'99 Billecart-Salmon BdB - one of my favorite wines from the vintage. Not quite up there with Taittinger CdC or Cristal but highly enjoyable. Still quite vibrant with yellow fruits and good acidity. Will probably drink well for another 10-15 years. Excellent

'02 Dom Ruinart BdB - A Champagne that doesn't get the attention it deserves, especially in this vintage. Auction pricing was relatively flat from release until recently.Very pale in color. Good fruit with some smokey notes and chalk. Excellent Plus

'02 Dom Ruinart BdB Magnum - See above except this was more powerful and intense. Decades of life left. Staggering Minus

'04 Taittinger CdC - A delicious bowl of lemons in a glass with bubbles. Very approachable but surely will age. Staggering Minus
Kind of robbing the cradle, huh Ray? Happy to see you're drinking some familiar bubbly. Just had the 02` Dom Ruinart last Thursday and 04` Taittinger a few weeks ago. Both, superb plus.
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#1030 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2020, 6:13 pm

2 from last night.
  • 2012 Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Terre de Vertus Premier Cru - France, Champagne (2/17/2020)
    Opened yesterday and we enjoyed about half of it. Decided to stopper up the remainder and set it in the fridge...retasting tonight. And as I forgot the disgorge date on my previous note, I'll capture on this bottle, as it is etched on the outside bottom rim of the glass. March 2018, zero dosage, 100% Chardonnay from Vertus. Yellow apple, grapefruit, wrapped around a note of saline and some bitter lemon peel in the finish. There is a spicy, energetic core to this wine, which in part reflects my comment about grapefruit and lemon peel. I like the bitter element, the gingery note mixing with the acidity and apple. Another very good bottle, and in my lane for what I enjoy.
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  • 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Bouzy - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (2/16/2020)
    Disgorged February 2019. 100% Pinot Noir. Zero dosage. This is a strong 2014 for Marguet, one of the more expressive bottlings, less lean than the others. The berry notes are showing a good depth, a black cherry quality. Lime, some chalk, even a little creaminess. Terrific.
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#1031 Post by Blake Brown » February 22nd, 2020, 4:41 pm

In celebration of the Kansas win against Baylor today, we opened a 2003 Dom Perignon at the end of the game at 11;20 am. Kind of early, but what the hey; it was a big game and we`re into it big time.
OBTW, the Dom was marvelous with a rich and full body and mature lemon, white peach and golden delicious apple fruit accented by spices and honeysuckle. I've not had that many 03` DP that I `ve liked all that much, but this one satisfied to the max.

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#1032 Post by Merrill Lindquist » February 23rd, 2020, 7:52 am

To celebrate my daughter's 26th birthday, she and her boyfriend and I shared a 2007 Taittinger Comtes. Just lovely and they were very impressed. Unfortunately, they are learning (and very quickly) the difference between more "pedestrian" Champagnes and some of the upper tier. Good palates on both "kids," though she grew up with this stuff and he certainly had no exposure. Fun to participate in their growth.
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#1033 Post by Neal.Mollen » February 23rd, 2020, 8:00 am

2012 Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Anaïs Jolicoeur. Relatively simple but enjoyable nonetheless. Even at this early stage, I didn't perceive anything that suggested that it will benefit from additional aging.
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#1034 Post by Frank Murray III » February 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm

  • 2014 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/22/2020)
    First bottle of four. 80% Chard / 20% Pinot Noir. Opened this last night, finishing today. There is evident structure here, and the dosage that I notice in the 2013 seems well integrated here, with the wines acidity and stony notes being more prominent. This is a very good vintage for GCdO.
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#1035 Post by Warren Taranow » February 23rd, 2020, 3:47 pm

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  • 2014 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/22/2020)
    First bottle of four. 80% Chard / 20% Pinot Noir. Opened this last night, finishing today. There is evident structure here, and the dosage that I notice in the 2013 seems well integrated here, with the wines acidity and stony notes being more prominent. This is a very good vintage for GCdO.
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#1036 Post by Jim Stewart » February 23rd, 2020, 3:49 pm

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  • 2014 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/22/2020)
    First bottle of four. 80% Chard / 20% Pinot Noir. Opened this last night, finishing today. There is evident structure here, and the dosage that I notice in the 2013 seems well integrated here, with the wines acidity and stony notes being more prominent. This is a very good vintage for GCdO.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1037 Post by Tom Lee » February 23rd, 2020, 5:12 pm

Really enjoyed the 2008 René Geoffroy Champagne Empreinte Brut Premier Cru on Friday night. I think I will go back and reload on this one.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1038 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 23rd, 2020, 5:22 pm

Legras 12 presidence

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1039 Post by Warren Taranow » February 23rd, 2020, 5:35 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
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Legras 12 presidence
How is it?
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1040 Post by Frank Murray III » February 23rd, 2020, 6:17 pm

Warren and Jim, that 14 Vilmart GCdO is spot on good. If I run into a few more, I will get them. I finished the last ounces yesterday during Falltacular setup, pouring a bit for a few people here and then the last ounce or so, I just tipped the bottle back and slammed it without a glass. [dance-clap.gif]
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#1041 Post by Jayson Cohen » February 23rd, 2020, 6:37 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
  • 2014 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/22/2020)
    First bottle of four. 80% Chard / 20% Pinot Noir. Opened this last night, finishing today. There is evident structure here, and the dosage that I notice in the 2013 seems well integrated here, with the wines acidity and stony notes being more prominent. This is a very good vintage for GCdO.
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This is interesting. While I like both 13 and 14 a lot, I had a preference for the 13 side-by-side, and thought there was more acidity and tension to hide the dosage in 13.

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#1042 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » February 23rd, 2020, 6:40 pm

Warren Taranow wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 5:35 pm
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 5:22 pm
Legras 12 presidence
How is it?
Great, like a mini comtes

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#1043 Post by K John Joseph » February 24th, 2020, 10:29 am

2008 Dom Perignon Very nice wine with a bit of fresh bread, pear, lemon curd, vanilla, and that hint of mint. A solid showing, perhaps with less stony cool mint and more fresh bread, but a really nice wine with good cut and perfect balance. Always cool and delicious. 96 this bottle.

2008 Cristal So young. Oh so young. I like drinking champagne young but his, compared to the 09, is a bit startling. The 09 is giving and luscious and layered. This is so dense and like a loaded spring that it almost hurts to drink. The white peach, lemon oil, creme pat, hint of vanilla and honeysuckle are so loaded with really stout underlying acid. The first sip legitimately made me squint. I do not recall tasting a champagne so intense in years. Could this be the "perfect" champagne in 10-20 years? I think maybe so. For immediate drinking pleasure, I might take the 2009. But this is really good stuff. 97+

Prevost La Closerie Fac Simile This is so different. My first experience with Fac Simile and the best I can do here is say vinous. It's zero dosage and the wine is quite literally a bit savory. Lacks the sugar added density, but makes up for it with overt rich red wine flavors of cherry, raspberry, orange peel, sous bois, spice, and some meaty notes. Cleaned up by nice effervescence. Really interesting wine. Pinot Meunier. 94-95.
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#1044 Post by Frank Murray III » February 24th, 2020, 12:02 pm

Jayson Cohen wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 6:37 pm
Frank Murray III wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
  • 2014 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/22/2020)
    First bottle of four. 80% Chard / 20% Pinot Noir. Opened this last night, finishing today. There is evident structure here, and the dosage that I notice in the 2013 seems well integrated here, with the wines acidity and stony notes being more prominent. This is a very good vintage for GCdO.
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This is interesting. While I like both 13 and 14 a lot, I had a preference for the 13 side-by-side, and thought there was more acidity and tension to hide the dosage in 13.
Jayson, I just found the 2014 to be built better, although I am not hating on the 2013 either. champagne.gif
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1045 Post by Oliver McCrum » February 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm

Warren Taranow wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 7:30 am
Oliver McCrum wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Guy Charlemagne Le Mesnil, to celebrate no tariffs on Italian wines (for the moment at least). Lovely wine, seems traditional dosage, very complex and flavorful, evolving in the glass.
Oliver,

I know they’re located in Le Mesnil, but I couldn’t find a bottling called “Le Mesnil“ on CellarTracker or with a cursory search online.
I really like the 2008 “Mesnillesime”, although it’s still painfully young. I bought the 2012 as well.

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You are quite right, it was Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs à Le Mesnil, not from Le Mesnil. Thank you for the correction.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1046 Post by Warren Taranow » February 29th, 2020, 8:08 am

NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grande Réserve - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (2/29/2020)
For what I paid (sub- $40), Vilmart GR is a Q/P animal, punching well above its weight. Speaking of weight, it has that dense beautiful Vilmart nose, palate and mouthfeel. There's some oak influence here. Citrus cream, sweet apple, with crisp acidity to keep it sharp. My initial regret for adding six to my overcrowded cellar has faded. Now I wish I had bought more!
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#1047 Post by Frank Z » February 29th, 2020, 8:18 am

Vilmart Grand Cellier d’Or 2014

I can’t believe the price difference for Vilmart here in the States. Nonetheless, great showing last night with crisp minerality and a nice acidity.
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#1048 Post by Frank Murray III » February 29th, 2020, 4:31 pm

Frank, the 2014 GCdO is excellent. Agree with you.

As for a few more TNs, we opened these last night...
  • 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (2/28/2020)
    80% Chard, 20% Pinot Noir. Disgorged 03/2019. Peach colored with green apple, strawberry, lemony acid and the signature Marguet dried herb aromatic. This has some spine and yet flesh too.
  • 2015 Marie Courtin Champagne Resonance Extra Brut - France, Champagne (2/28/2020)
    First bottle. 100% Pinot Noir, disgorged 02/2015, no dosage. Bit rounder this vintage, with some mineral, black cherry, raspberry and some creamy pear. This domaine continues to kick out beautiful champagne that is farmed organically.
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#1049 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 3rd, 2020, 8:08 am

NV Pierre Peters BdB - disgorged Sept '03 - a fair amount of effervescence with a pale yellow color. Plenty of yellow fruit with some mature nutty flavors adding great complexity. This bottle was not only the best bottle of NV Pierre Peters I've had, but the best bottle of any Pierre Peters Champagne, which includes a dozen or so vintages of Les Chetillons. Staggering Plus
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#1050 Post by J a y H a c k » March 4th, 2020, 4:47 am

Tonight for the Not the La Paulee Dinner dinner, I am oppening a 2006 PR Churchill and a 2008 Henriot. Someone else is bringing a Comtes. Not sure what year.
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