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#151 Post by Steve Nordhoff » September 10th, 2016, 7:57 am

'96 Salon - "Wow" is quite accurate AW, damn near perfect again, wish I had 10 cases.
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#152 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » September 11th, 2016, 5:15 pm

Last couple of nights -

'96 Krug - along with the CdM consistently one the best two Champagnes from the vintage. Best to open an hour or so before serving so it can be expressive. Classic Krug profile of tart green apple with great acidity. Spectacular now, but will probably last at least another 30 years. Staggering plus (with room for improvement).

'88 Krug - this has been in the top echelon of vintages of Krug for me, but I will say it is starting to lose a position or two over the past few years. Tremendous structure but the fruit seems to be fading a bit quicker than I would like. That said, in the decade of the '80's, only the '82 can challenge it for Krug of the decade. Staggering minus

'85 Krug Clos du Mesnil - an obvious contrast to the previous two Champagnes showing much more of a Chardonnay profile. I've always like this wine, but this bottle was one of the best examples I've had. Drinking perfectly with plenty of yellow fruit with chalk and minerals. At a perfect level of maturity. Staggering

'90 Dom Ruinart Mag - barely a pale yellow color. Sweet lemon fruit. Excellent acidity. Great showing for this wine, surely helped by the format. Excellent

'95 Taittinger CdC - for me, one of the best vintages of this wine iof the past several decades. Had many similarities to the previous wine but had more intense yellow fruit. Drink now or in 2040. Excellent plus

'95 Dom Perignon Jero - not sure what makes this bottling consistently so superior to the '95 DP in 750ml. Probably a combination of the format and that it was disgorged a couple of years later. Smoky Pinot fruit with a creamy texture. A classic example of Dom Perignon. Staggering
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#153 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » September 12th, 2016, 1:40 pm

A couple of uninspiring Champagnes - neither one would I purchase if they cost half of what they do.

'96 Duetz Brut Nothing particularly wrong with it but nothing exciting. Could use more fruit, more acidity and more effervescence. Good minus

'96 Duetz Rose A little more backbone then the Brut, and some tasty red fruit, but this also could have benefited by a bit more of it. Good
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#154 Post by Ed Steinway » September 12th, 2016, 7:48 pm

2004 Taittinger CdC. Excellent acidity and flavors of lemon and ginger. Should continue to drink well for many years.

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#155 Post by paul rosenberg » September 12th, 2016, 9:37 pm

Chris V. wrote:
Steve Nordhoff wrote:Seems like this might be a good thread for the bubbleheads here.

I'll start it with three

2004 Jacquesson Champ Cain - love this, deep Chardonnay flavors, tons of structure and low dosage. Very young still, lots of lemon minerality and fresh apple.

2001 Vilmart Couer de Cuvée - From a terrible vintage. Not sure how Laurent managed to make this beauty, a testament to quality commitment. This is much rounder than the Jacquesson, more base notes on the fruit and less structure, no real oxidation though. In its prime, maybe not as good as the best vintages, but still excellent.

2006 Roederer Brut Nature Starck - I need to pour this for FMIII. Two parcels, one Hautvillers Pinot the other Cuis Chardonnay. Taste extremely dry and young. Lots of acid and lemony yeasty flavors. Bone dry on the back end. Maybe not for everyone, but if you like this style, definitely enjoyable.
Vilmart is an off vintage specialist. I've also had the 2001 and it is excellent.
funny.... i had the 01 vilmart and did not like it at all...

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#156 Post by paul rosenberg » September 12th, 2016, 9:39 pm

R@y.Tupp@+sch wrote:Last couple of nights -

'96 Krug - along with the CdM consistently one the best two Champagnes from the vintage. Best to open an hour or so before serving so it can be expressive. Classic Krug profile of tart green apple with great acidity. Spectacular now, but will probably last at least another 30 years. Staggering plus (with room for improvement).

'88 Krug - this has been in the top echelon of vintages of Krug for me, but I will say it is starting to lose a position or two over the past few years. Tremendous structure but the fruit seems to be fading a bit quicker than I would like. That said, in the decade of the '80's, only the '82 can challenge it for Krug of the decade. Staggering minus

'85 Krug Clos du Mesnil - an obvious contrast to the previous two Champagnes showing much more of a Chardonnay profile. I've always like this wine, but this bottle was one of the best examples I've had. Drinking perfectly with plenty of yellow fruit with chalk and minerals. At a perfect level of maturity. Staggering

'90 Dom Ruinart Mag - barely a pale yellow color. Sweet lemon fruit. Excellent acidity. Great showing for this wine, surely helped by the format. Excellent

'95 Taittinger CdC - for me, one of the best vintages of this wine iof the past several decades. Had many similarities to the previous wine but had more intense yellow fruit. Drink now or in 2040. Excellent plus

'95 Dom Perignon Jero - not sure what makes this bottling consistently so superior to the '95 DP in 750ml. Probably a combination of the format and that it was disgorged a couple of years later. Smoky Pinot fruit with a creamy texture. A classic example of Dom Perignon. Staggering
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#157 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » September 27th, 2016, 4:20 pm

Last night at Cagen, where I had my favorite dinner there so far; the highlights were -

'02 Krug was vastly improved since I last had it about a year ago. Much more approachable and not disjointed as it has previously been. Not an all-time great Krug, but was a pleasant surprise for me. Excellent

'64 Krug wasn't a perfect bottle but it was close. Still a hint of effervescence and structure with good yellow fruit with mature aromas and taste. Getting a bit long in the tooth and once again validates my decision to be drinking up my 50+ year old Champagnes. Staggering minus

'85 Krug Collection Mag the best showing of this by far that I have had. Its tightness and too firm structure has given way to expressive fruit with the signature Krug profile. Perfect acidity with a long finish, this was my favorite Champagne of the night. Staggering

'85 Krug British Airways Bottling Krug disgorged batches of '85 Krug for several years for the Concorde, but had a batch left over when BA discontinued the Concorde's service. This was one of the few remaining bottles that I have left. It was interesting to compare this '85 in 750ml that was probably disgorged around 2003 versus the Collection Mag probably disgorged around 2009. Obviously, this bottle was more mature, but for the first time, I preferred the previous bottle better. Excellent plus

'85 Dom Perignon I've had a fair amount of variability with this wine over the years, most likely due to storage/transportation issues, but this bottle had neither of those. Creamy DP texture, with mature coffee and white chocolate notes just starting to emerge. Excellent plus

'82 Dom Perignon This was supposed to be a bottle of '82 Krug, but the person who brought it pulled the wrong bottle. Not necessarily a bad thing since this was typical of a well stored bottle of '82 DP. A bit more complex than the '85 with excellent effervescence and balancing acidity. Staggering minus.

The lowlights -

'76 Taittinger CdC was barely drinkable when first poured, but some of the funky aromas blew off and it did have some good flavor on the palate. That said, this was a decade plus more mature than it should have been. Should have been Staggering but it was Good plus

'64 Dom Perignon dark gold with a sightly brown color. Not a good example and not drunk.

'90 Dom Perignon Rose Mag candied fruit, barely any effervescence, no structure, never had a bottle or mag of this wine that tasted like this. ???

'88 Krug Another all-time great Champagne that greatly under performed. Little fruit and drying out. Good minus.
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#158 Post by Evan Pontoriero » September 27th, 2016, 7:49 pm

Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage - Such Granny Smith, much Fall feeling
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#159 Post by Steve Nordhoff » October 20th, 2016, 4:48 pm

Drank a lot of Franciacorta in Italy this past month and a few champagnes

Gaston Chiquet 2002 Special Club - Deep brassy color, nose of bread yeast and yellow fruit, lots of fine bubbles. On the palate, this tasted a bit older than I expected. I liked it, Wife loved it.

(P.S. This was at the Don Alfonso near the Amalfi Coast, a ** Michelin, which was superb. The cellar dug out by the Etruscans in the 5th century B.C. is very cool.)

Selosse Initial - Deep golden color, typical of Selosse. Not really oxidative, but not really very bubbly either. Lots of concentration and more like a White Burg in many ways. Pinpoint acidity, but deep broad Chardonnay flavors. Did not catch the disgorgement. Very nice.

(P.S. This was at Il Ridotto in Venice, a small place that crushed my relatively high expectations and was the best meal of a lengthy trip).
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#160 Post by Andrew Christiansen » October 20th, 2016, 9:15 pm

Steve Nordhoff wrote:I liked it, Wife loved it.
BTW...congratulations on your wedding! As a newlywed, you may not yet fully grasp the significance of the statement: "wife loved it," which can be loosely translated as: "you get to buy more, honey!"

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#161 Post by brigcampbell » October 30th, 2016, 10:57 am

  • 1990 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé La Grande Dame - France, Champagne (10/30/2016)
    From a jeroboam, maybe imperial, regardless the bottle was enormous. It took two of us to remove the cork, one holding the bottle while the other worked the cork back and forth, around and around, and it was quite a struggle.

    I'm not sure what a 1990 rosé is supposed to look like but this was burnt orange color, kind of cool. Slightly oxidized. Very light carbonation and medium plus viscosity. Light acid added to the almost still wine character. Peach fruit and sliced almond. I found it very enjoyable. Definitely not worth aging any longer, drink them up.

    Looking at OLDWINES tasting note from a few years earlier you'd think we were drinking from the same bottle.
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#162 Post by Er€z _ L. » October 30th, 2016, 1:45 pm

This weekend it was
  • 2011 Ulysse Collin Champagne Rosé Les Maillons (10/27/2016 & 10/28/2016)
    Drank over two nights, and it did not seem to fade at all (actually, was even better second night). Color wise- Among the darker rosé I had, somewhat more berry than I expected first night (balanced second night). Lots of floral on the nose. Long, long bubbles. It is an extra brut but on the upper limit for an extra brut on my palate (aka somewhat sweeter than I initially estimated in night one, more balanced night two). Great minerals and medium plus finish. It did not fade in the evening, and the vote with the glass was pretty clear (requests for refill were solid and repeated). My take is: If you like your rosé on the floral side with minerals, dry but abit sweeter than a typical 'dry'- this is the one. The color is darker (don't expect the salmon pale). Can fit full course meal as well.

    Vote of the wallet, fwiw- will attempt to get few more.

    (Hard to determine a single number grade, but it would be 93 or plus fwiw)
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#163 Post by Steve Nordhoff » November 15th, 2016, 5:57 pm

Another Selosse Initial- different than the last, this was a 2013 disgorgement. Deep, fat and not a lot of bubbles, but great concentration and weight. More white burg with bubbles.

Cedric Bouchard 2008 Cote de Bechalin- Excellent. Pinpoint precision, much more aperitif than the Selosse. Very deep and seems like it has a lot of life in it. Drinking very young, yet very well.

Prevost 2012. Meunier is always different. The fruit is forward, the flavor of tart tatin. Great balance, very easy drinking and a crowd favorite. Prevost seems different every year, but the quality is always high.
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#164 Post by B. Buzzini » December 12th, 2016, 4:31 pm

Happy to discover these in abundance at a local grocery store in the low $30's..... champagne.gif

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#165 Post by Frank Murray III » December 12th, 2016, 7:38 pm

I'll play!
  • 1911 André Clouet Champagne - France, Champagne (12/11/2016)
    N0 disgorge date on the bottle so I had to choose this entry for my TN. I wasn't feeling this bubbly when it was first opened and granted, we got right after it very quickly and started to drain the bottle fast. It started out round and richer styled, but then with air started to pick up citrus zest and some biscuity tones. Needed some room to breathe. Turned out fine.
  • NV Jérôme Prévost Champagne La Closerie Extra Brut Les Beguines - France, Champagne (12/11/2016)
    Enjoyed this. Yellow apple, biscuit, ginger. good density and finishes clean with a lime note.
  • NV Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Pinot Blanc Champagne Blanc de Blancs La Bolorée - France, Champagne (12/11/2016)
    I think this was NV, although Steve said the base wine was 2010. Bitter note in the palate, which he said reminded him of peach pit. Good cut here with complexity, too. Leaner style, lemon peel and very good overall. EB in style, which aligns to my palate these days very nicely.
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#166 Post by David_K » December 12th, 2016, 7:47 pm

  • 2013 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine - France, Champagne (12/12/2016)
    Very good -- perhaps not quite at the level of the 2012, but not far behind. It's a tic rounder than the '12, although this is noticeable only once it warms up in the glass. That's really the only reason this is just a step behind the '12, as it otherwise sports the same very ripe fruit, balance, and poise this wine is known for. (91 pts.)
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#167 Post by alan weinberg » December 12th, 2016, 8:51 pm

had 04 Delamotte a few days ago--very impressive when it warmed up.

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#168 Post by IlkkaL » December 12th, 2016, 9:29 pm

alan weinberg wrote:had 04 Delamotte a few days ago--very impressive when it warmed up.
Had the 07 a while ago and my experience was identical. If one is looking for a high quality BdB with no oak-influence, an antidote for many a grower BdB if you will, this is an excellent choice.
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#169 Post by Frank Murray III » May 20th, 2017, 8:42 am

Stev-o, I took the Dr Mrs to Gulftsream in Newport Beach last night and we went through an entire bottle of NV Bereche Brut Reserve. I wasn't wowed by my first bottle last year so I figured I'd pull the other one and take it with us. I dug last night's bottle a lot, and it held up nicely all through meal. Cool mix of grapefruit, green apple and some bread dough, and dosed at 7g. When it was at room temp, some of that dose I could notice but all together, it worked well.

I feel it a bit today, as I crushed probably 2/3rds of that over a 90 min meal, but hey, we did it!

PS...this thread kind of fell back into the dark so I hope we can see some folks post back into it again. champagne.gif
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#170 Post by Ed Steinway » May 20th, 2017, 9:10 am

A half bottle of Billecart Salmon Rose' NV last weekend. Always delicious! Thanks for reviving this thread, Frank!

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#171 Post by Steve Nordhoff » June 13th, 2017, 7:33 am

Jacquesson Cuvée 740-had this on vacation in Paris, don't think it has been released here yet.

This has been a favorite Cuvée for several releases, but this was maybe the best yet. Based on 2012 vintage. Very bright and refreshing with just enough dosage for balance, but definitely on the drier side. Golden fruit, no oxidation and plenty of depth and finish.
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#172 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 13th, 2017, 7:44 am

Warren Taranow wrote:Last week I drank one 2006 Philipponnat Champagne Cuvée 1522 Rosé that was so good, I opened a second one on Saturday. Very light copper colored, barely visually identifiable as a Rosé. While it's a blend, the nose is all pinot fruit. Opens up beautifully with air, adding white floral notes. Nice bead, crisp. Very dry, but the abundant fruit almost gives it a sweet sensation. I quickly reordered that last three bottles I could find.
I love Philipponat; they don't seem to generate much chatter around these parts.

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#173 Post by Blake Brown » June 14th, 2017, 8:27 am

Last night:

2006 Dom Perignon
2000 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
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#174 Post by Russ Williams » June 14th, 2017, 12:23 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Warren Taranow wrote:Last week I drank one 2006 Philipponnat Champagne Cuvée 1522 Rosé that was so good, I opened a second one on Saturday. Very light copper colored, barely visually identifiable as a Rosé. While it's a blend, the nose is all pinot fruit. Opens up beautifully with air, adding white floral notes. Nice bead, crisp. Very dry, but the abundant fruit almost gives it a sweet sensation. I quickly reordered that last three bottles I could find.
I love Philipponat; they don't seem to generate much chatter around these parts.

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I've had the 1522 champagne, and like it a lot, but never the rose. I've never even seen the rose, but would buy it in a snap
Envoyer offered it a while back. I grabbed a couple.
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#175 Post by Warren Taranow » June 14th, 2017, 12:44 pm

Russ Williams wrote:
Neal.Mollen wrote:
Warren Taranow wrote:Last week I drank one 2006 Philipponnat Champagne Cuvée 1522 Rosé that was so good, I opened a second one on Saturday. Very light copper colored, barely visually identifiable as a Rosé. While it's a blend, the nose is all pinot fruit. Opens up beautifully with air, adding white floral notes. Nice bead, crisp. Very dry, but the abundant fruit almost gives it a sweet sensation. I quickly reordered that last three bottles I could find.
I love Philipponat; they don't seem to generate much chatter around these parts.

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I've had the 1522 champagne, and like it a lot, but never the rose. I've never even seen the rose, but would buy it in a snap
Envoyer offered it a while back. I grabbed a couple.
I bought it twice, seven bottles total. At one point I drank three in a week; down to two remaining bottles.
Neal.Mollen wrote:
I've had the 1522 champagne, and like it a lot, but never the rose. I've never even seen the rose, but would buy it in a snap

Neal,

If you're ever around Bellingham, I'll save one to open with you.

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#176 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 14th, 2017, 1:20 pm

I'd love that (both the visit and the wine)!
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#177 Post by Merrill Lindquist » June 14th, 2017, 1:29 pm

Steve Nordhoff wrote:Jacquesson Cuvée 740-had this on vacation in Paris, don't think it has been released here yet.

This has been a favorite Cuvée for several releases, but this was maybe the best yet. Based on 2012 vintage. Very bright and refreshing with just enough dosage for balance, but definitely on the drier side. Golden fruit, no oxidation and plenty of depth and finish.
It is here in the states, and I have had some and have more in the cellar. I like it, too!
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#178 Post by IlkkaL » June 15th, 2017, 8:29 am

A new one for me: Delot l'Orée du Bois, a blanc de blancs from Celles-sur-Ource in Aube.

Earthy and smoky on the nose with apple, buttery biscuits and some spice. Dry and generous on the palate with fine structure and poise. Quite toasty with plenty of evocative spicy notes, however it is not without freshness and the oak is definitely not over-powering here.
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#179 Post by Steve Nordhoff » June 24th, 2017, 8:46 am

Verve Cliquot Extra Brut Extra Old

A new bottling released a few months ago, only for the French and British market for now (and my suitcase champagne.gif )

A blend of several vintage reserve wines, 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 vintages. This was really interesting as it started out tasting like very mature Champagne and then the fruit just kept coming forward. Peach, grilled nuts, acid and a hint of old book, this was really good as a starter and a fascinating contrast with the 06 Grande Dame tasted next to it. Only 3g on the dosage. Blind I would have had no idea what this was, really liked it though, stuffed two in the Frenchie acquired wine suitcase. Excellent and a pretty good value at 72 Euro.
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#180 Post by Frank Murray III » June 24th, 2017, 5:41 pm

Stev-o, save one of those to share with me, want to try it.

Here is one I am working through this weekend:
  • NV Marguet Père et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Shaman 12 Extra Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (6/24/2017)
    Opened y/day, stored under cork the remaining 1/3rd for today. This bottles seems much leaner than the first bottle in May. This one is really about minerality, green apple and a citrusy lemon that gives it a lot of piercing energy. Finishes with a little yeasty note and mineral water quality. Could fool me that this is Sauv Blanc, with the lemony, bright quality. However, when this warms up and the bubbles fade, there is a raspberry note, the tartness and red fruited feel of that fruit. There is austerity here from the 0 dose yet as with the May bottle from a few months ago, there is enough fruit here to buffer away the lack of dosage. In sum, this style may not work for those looking for Brut or equivalent or higher dosage. For me, preferring the leaner construction of Extra Brut wines, this works for me and once again, I enjoyed this bottle.
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#181 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » June 24th, 2017, 5:43 pm

Lallement NV Brut-just beautiful
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#182 Post by Jud Reis » June 24th, 2017, 6:31 pm

Had a 2004 Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs last night (disgorged in 2013). Did not take notes, but beautifully precise, steely and a lovely starter.

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#183 Post by scamhi » June 24th, 2017, 6:42 pm

Blake Brown wrote:Last night:

2006 Dom Perignon
2000 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
NV Bollinger Special Cuvee magnum
the 2000 Comtes is just singing
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#184 Post by Neal.Mollen » June 25th, 2017, 8:27 am

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:Lallement NV Brut-just beautiful
Their NV rose is excellent as well
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#185 Post by Frank Murray III » August 5th, 2017, 8:16 am

From last night.....
  • NV Mouzon-Leroux & Fils Champagne Extra Brut Cuvée L'Atavique - France, Champagne (8/5/2017)
    Been hanging onto this bottle for about 2 years, decided to enjoy it last night with the Dr Mrs over dinner. Disgorged Oct 2014, 3 g/l dosage and a base of mostly 2011, with 2009 and 2010 in it, too. 60 PN, 40 Chard. This drinks with a big kick of acidity, a vigorous stream of bubbles and yeasty notes. Just a light brushing of green apple and bitter. nutty note. For $35, I enjoyed this bottle and while it is not overly complex, the dosage and acidity are balanced pretty well together.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#186 Post by Warren Taranow » August 19th, 2017, 1:38 pm

2008 Robert Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Grande Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut (Le Mesnil); very tight right now; didn't give up much until about 2 hours into dinner. I'll save my last one for a few years.
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#187 Post by Warren Taranow » January 16th, 2018, 6:39 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Warren Taranow wrote:Last week I drank one 2006 Philipponnat Champagne Cuvée 1522 Rosé that was so good, I opened a second one on Saturday. Very light copper colored, barely visually identifiable as a Rosé. While it's a blend, the nose is all pinot fruit. Opens up beautifully with air, adding white floral notes. Nice bead, crisp. Very dry, but the abundant fruit almost gives it a sweet sensation. I quickly reordered that last three bottles I could find.
I love Philipponat; they don't seem to generate much chatter around these parts.

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I've had the 1522 champagne, and like it a lot, but never the rose. I've never even seen the rose, but would buy it in a snap
Last night, we had our first 2002 Philipponnat Cuvée 1522 Rosé with dinner. Very dry but packed with red berries and cranberries (RIP Dolores), tangerine and flowers, and a palate coating texture that blew me away.

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#188 Post by Charlie Carnes » January 19th, 2018, 4:21 pm

...I posted this in the Envoyer thread. It belongs here.

I drank the most delightful Jerome Blin Champagne tonight. Varoce: 20% Chardonnay and 80% Meunier, steel tank vinification, 33 months on lees, from Vincelles. 7g/l dosage 2017 disgorgement. This wine was flat out delightful!! It went in with white fleshy fruit, dusty clay road, that deep steely Meunier knockout perception that fanned out and had weight, but was nimble as all getout, and left with a puff of air and dry mineral that just sublimated in the back of my throat and just disappeared, leaving a haunting aftertaste, and a little craving for more! Amazing Champagne for $35. 95
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#189 Post by Charlie Carnes » January 19th, 2018, 4:23 pm

... I also, posted this in the Envoyer thread. It belongs here.

Two superb Rosés:

Egly-Ouriet Brut Rosé Grand Cru: Absolutely gorgeous! This light pink wine has hints of frest red forest fruit, dusty clay mineral, strawberry residue. It is tart,nimble, quick, and very shiny. I love it. September 2016 Disgorgement. 95

Camille Saves Grand Cru Cuvée Rosé: Another smashing Rosé, this time from Savés' Bouzy Grand Cru. It has a little more hue than the Egly that preceded it. Fruit toward strawberry and apple skin perceptions. Enhanced by beautiful sweet dusty clay/cocoa. Beautifully balanced, tart, and delicious swallow. No Disgorgement date listed. 94
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#190 Post by Warren Taranow » January 21st, 2018, 9:18 am

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé Vintage - France, Champagne (1/21/2018)
This wine has everything but subtlety. It's a huge, dense wine, with sweet pink grapefruit and strawberry cream. Plush mouthfeel despite ample cut and bead. It's very young and energetic; I'll wait years before I open the next. While I'm not a fan of the yellow label, this is a cut above.
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#191 Post by Frank Murray III » April 24th, 2018, 8:36 pm

I love Champagne, it continues to increase in % as a total of my cellar. I will not let this thread fall away........ [berserker.gif]

A 750 of bubbly sounded like a good idea y/day. Hmm, I end up drinking 75% of the bottle on a weeknight, and with the Dr Mrs cooking a great meal from scratch tonight, it became a better idea to drink a 375, watch a new episode of Chef's Table and let Hugues Godme support the meal. Eventually, I will get one of his Les Alouettes open but tonight, we let the NV Rose lead the way.
  • NV Hugues Godmé Champagne Grand Cru Rosé - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (4/24/2018)
    As I was preparing to write this TN, I looked at my Feb 2018 comments and tonight's bottle is pretty much dead on the same. same batch, not surprising: 65 PN, 35 Chard @ 6 g/l. Strawberry, licorice, apple and approachable in texture/acidity. Nothing complicated here and yet I appreciate that Hugues Godme is making the commitment to farm clean, make wines that are affordable (I paid $25 US for this 1/2 bottle) and create a Rose that shows good balance, fruit, acid and satisfaction.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#192 Post by ky1em!ttskus » April 24th, 2018, 8:40 pm

Ive drunk 2 halves of Gosset Grand Reserve. And based on those two, I’m super excited to try the rosés that are, I think, awaiting my pick-up at Envoyer.

Frank, 100% with you. Champagne is changing my wine world. Fast and furious and I like it!

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#193 Post by Vince T » April 24th, 2018, 9:06 pm

Ha, I just decided to pop a bottle of Charles Ellner Qualite extra brut... and I’m solo tonight. There’s something special about drinking champagne by yourself. :)
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#194 Post by Steve Nordhoff » April 25th, 2018, 3:14 pm

2002 Goutorbe Special Club- These have aged a bit irregularly. Seemingly a bit older, some oxidation, just ok.

2004 Margaine Special Club- Now we are talking. Tastes like 2004, linear, bright lemony and super clean, but with just enough roundness. Very nice.
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#195 Post by Frank Murray III » April 30th, 2018, 3:52 pm

Didn't take long for this to fall back to deep into Page 2, Stevo. I have saved the day, bringing champagne back to its rightful place on Page 1. From last night....
  • NV Pierre Gerbais Champagne Extra Brut L'Osmose - France, Champagne (4/29/2018)
    Disgorged 11/2016, with a base of 2012. This is my 5th bottle, and the last one left in the cellar. Poured this to the usual bdx stem (don't use flutes), let it bubble and rest a bit and then started tasting. Perhaps now after this many bottles I am finally getting this wine. There is some green apple here, it mixes against a large presence of lemon and saline. Just a light touch of creaminess in the finish, giving this a little lemon curd of a note, too. That creamy, lemony presence cruises through the finish and then it closes with a saline, mineral water note. Of all the bottles to date, I'd characterize this one as refreshing, clean.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#196 Post by ky1em!ttskus » May 2nd, 2018, 11:32 am

This past Saturday, I had my first Krug (164) side-by-side with an 06 Comtes.

Both absolutely delicious wines. I tasted the Krug first, though. I think I’m in love.

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#197 Post by Steven Church » May 2nd, 2018, 12:14 pm

Wow there are a lot of that I have never tried....

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#198 Post by Mary Deem » May 2nd, 2018, 2:19 pm

Val Frison Goustan Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature R13, disgorged December 2015. Like a mini-me version of Vouette et Sorbée Fidèle. Loads of juicy pinot noir fruit plus a tart red apple skin note and nice salinity. This seems less ripe than Vouette et Sorbée Fidèle, more tart apple skin note at first. As the glass opens up this becomes a little rounder. Typical (to me) Aub pinot noir to me. Very much a natural wine, in the best sense.

A great bargain, another house wine for me.

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#199 Post by Steve Nordhoff » May 7th, 2018, 5:23 pm

1996 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee - Some oxidation on the nose, medium gold. Flavors were long and deep and full of orchard fruit. Very nice acidity and fruit, but a bit oxidized for my preference. Still, quite good.
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#200 Post by alan weinberg » May 7th, 2018, 9:24 pm

anyone drink Lanson? Just got 2 b of the 2006. No experience.

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