Which Champagne are you drinking?

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#451 Post by D.Chan » February 25th, 2019, 11:08 am

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We had a Bouchard Val Vilaine the other night that was terrific.
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Thanks for the note. Gonna open one soon. How long does it takes to really show after being opened?

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#452 Post by Charlie Carnes » February 28th, 2019, 6:02 pm

NV Etienne Calsac Champagne Rosé de Craie:
I thought this was absolutely delicious! Crisp, pink to red fruit, copper pink color, strawberry, rose petal, clay dust, full and delicious, crunchy. I could be redundant with superlatives here. Gosh I like this a ton.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#453 Post by David Cooper » March 1st, 2019, 9:49 am

In LA this past week and picked up these 2 from K&L :

2007 Alexandre Le Brun Champagne Cuvée Fascination - France, Champagne (2/27/2019)
Clear light yellow, decent mousse. Intense brioche, caramel, orange cream, lemon and vanilla nose. Keeps evolving in the glass. Delicious rich lemon cream, caramel, baked apple and vanilla flavours. Very complex and delicious. Long textured rich finish with enough acid to finish things off.

Can you tell I like this? (94 pts.)

NV Launois Pere et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Reserve Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (2/25/2019)
Clear light yellow with strong mousse. Medium intense, wet stone, Meyer lemon, orange and vanilla nose. Delicious creamy lemon and vanilla flavours and a very intense textured lemon finish.

As good as a 2008 Phiipponant Brb earlier in the week. (93 pts.)

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#454 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 2nd, 2019, 6:24 pm

Charlie Carnes wrote:
February 28th, 2019, 6:02 pm
NV Etienne Calsac Champagne Rosé de Craie:
I thought this was absolutely delicious! Crisp, pink to red fruit, copper pink color, strawberry, rose petal, clay dust, full and delicious, crunchy. I could be redundant with superlatives here. Gosh I like this a ton.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#455 Post by Warren Taranow » March 2nd, 2019, 7:21 pm

I opened a beauty tonight. I received 5 half bottles of MV Krug as part of a mixed auction lot last year. Beige label, no ID. Pulled the cork and realized it was older than I thought. The cork remained compressed, and the wine was slightly golden.
Mature nose, heavy on hazelnut cream. Rich, mature flavors. Nutty, bready, peach, lemon, minerals.
The cork says V642, which means disgorged in 2006, so it's probably 1998 base.
Gorgeous wine. I'm really happy; I thought it was younger when I bid.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#456 Post by Frank Murray III » March 2nd, 2019, 7:22 pm

Hey, hey, liking Dhondt Grellet!
  • NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut - France, Champagne (3/2/2019)
    First bottle from this producer. This is the NV, although the base is identified as 2015, and from the back label this appears to have a good amount of solera cuvee blended in. 70% base and 30% solera back to 1986. 100% Chard, disgorged 01/2018 with 4 g/l dosage. I really like this cuvee, as it has a clean impression, with lemon that is just lifted enough with the dosage to give it a creamy, just barely brulee'd note. The finish of the wine is a mix of lime peel and some saline. Just a citrusy delight of a wine, my only bottle too. I have some of the Les Nogers to try, but if the NV/2015 is any clue as to that wine, it oughta be good.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#457 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 2nd, 2019, 7:26 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 7:22 pm
Hey, hey, liking Dhondt Grellet!
  • NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut - France, Champagne (3/2/2019)
    First bottle from this producer. This is the NV, although the base is identified as 2015, and from the back label this appears to have a good amount of solera cuvee blended in. 70% base and 30% solera back to 1986. 100% Chard, disgorged 01/2018 with 4 g/l dosage. I really like this cuvee, as it has a clean impression, with lemon that is just lifted enough with the dosage to give it a creamy, just barely brulee'd note. The finish of the wine is a mix of lime peel and some saline. Just a citrusy delight of a wine, my only bottle too. I have some of the Les Nogers to try, but if the NV/2015 is any clue as to that wine, it oughta be good.
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Good timing. I may try my first from this producer on Monday. Sounds nice.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#458 Post by Frank Murray III » March 2nd, 2019, 7:35 pm

Jayson, be curious to see what you think. FWIW, I sent a note to Greg @ Envoyer to see if he can get more of this stuff. At $50, this was solid and hit me just right.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#459 Post by Mike Hawkins » March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm

1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent
1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype.
1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent.
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#460 Post by Cris Whetstone » March 3rd, 2019, 12:16 am

Frank Murray III wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 7:22 pm
Hey, hey, liking Dhondt Grellet!
  • NV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Extra Brut - France, Champagne (3/2/2019)
    First bottle from this producer. This is the NV, although the base is identified as 2015, and from the back label this appears to have a good amount of solera cuvee blended in. 70% base and 30% solera back to 1986. 100% Chard, disgorged 01/2018 with 4 g/l dosage. I really like this cuvee, as it has a clean impression, with lemon that is just lifted enough with the dosage to give it a creamy, just barely brulee'd note. The finish of the wine is a mix of lime peel and some saline. Just a citrusy delight of a wine, my only bottle too. I have some of the Les Nogers to try, but if the NV/2015 is any clue as to that wine, it oughta be good.
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Thanks for the note. You had me at solera.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#461 Post by Cris Whetstone » March 3rd, 2019, 12:17 am

Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
I've always regretted not buying this back in the day and burying it.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#462 Post by Jim Stewart » March 3rd, 2019, 3:43 pm

NV Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Quaity Brut. Popped a 375 to toast being in SW FL as Winter serves another dose of nastiness to our Boston area home. Enjoyed, although the bubbles seemed rather short-lived. Nice flavor and aftertaste, but not as impressive as their NV Rosé.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#463 Post by Mike Hawkins » March 4th, 2019, 12:35 am

Cris Whetstone wrote:
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Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
I've always regretted not buying this back in the day and burying it.
I like the 2008 even more. You might still find some... but be patient if you do buy it.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#464 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 5th, 2019, 5:38 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 7:35 pm
Jayson, be curious to see what you think. FWIW, I sent a note to Greg @ Envoyer to see if he can get more of this stuff. At $50, this was solid and hit me just right.
2012 Les Nogers is good. Coconut aromas, some citrus and a hint of biscuit, very vibrant but somewhat course bubbles and frothy on pour. I personally would have liked a touch more dosage. It sang with the Pizza Patate alla Carbonara at Marta in NYC; it’s definitely a food wine. And I bet it will be better in a couple years.

It’s not Vilmart. 😀

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#465 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 6th, 2019, 12:18 pm

Jay Miller wrote:
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Opened a 2012 Benoit Lahaye La Violaine last week. Magnificent Champagne, I prefer it a bit to the 2009 and a lot to the 2011. I'd say on a par with the 2008 which is high praise.
I think Frank would love this one.

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#466 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 6th, 2019, 1:01 pm

Over the past few days

'89 Clos des Goisses Mag Late Disgorged - has finally started to become expressive. I've checked in on these mags every few years and for the first time I had a great experience. Great fruit and power. Staggering Minus

'93 Dom Ruinart Mag Late Disgorged - by far the qualitative star of the vintage, but it is better than just the best from a terrible vintage. Quite vibrant with yellow fruit and chalk. Excellent

'96 Agrapart BdB - advanced mushroom nose. Seemed more Pinot than Chardonnay. Haven't had this in many years so I don't know if this was representative or not. Good minus

Krug Grande Cuvee - '96 Base. Almost all of these bottles have shown extremely well and this was no exception. Very pale colored with power and a tart finish. Has decades left. Staggering Minus

'00 Dom Perignon P2 - a pleasant drink but nothing special. Don't see this aging well either. Very Good

'88 Dom Perignon - one of the better bottles of this that I've had. Classic DP nose. Excellent layers of fruit. Excellent

'02 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons - offering little even after a few hours in the glass. Surely in a shell. For today Very Good Plus and hopefully much higher in a decade.

Pierre Peters 375ml- Older Label. Fully mature aromas and flavors but still a fair amount of effervescence. I have a few more of these and will drink them up by the end of the year. Excellent Minus
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#467 Post by Mike Hawkins » March 6th, 2019, 11:27 pm

Ray, for me, the 02 Chetillons is still very primary. Lots of acid and tight fruit. I agree.. come back in a decade.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#468 Post by Mark.Ricca » March 7th, 2019, 5:35 am

Tarlant Zero both the Brut and the Rose.
Ulysse Collin BdB Les Pierrières 2013, have the Maillons 2013 laid away.

No notes. Just drank them while watching the Twilight Zone marathon on NYD. Oh, and a shit ton of Ch-T Cuvee Sainte Anne. Definitely our house champagne.
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#469 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 7th, 2019, 8:37 am

Last night at Marea -

'08 Dom Perignon - my favorite vintage of DP to drink upon its release. Great fruit, good acidity and showing the DP roundness. In my top four vintages along with 82, 96 and 02 since the '70's. Excellent Plus with upside.

'75 Dom Perignon Oeno - disgorged 2007 I love older DP Oeno's but much prefer them soon after they are disgorged. They don't seem to add any additional complexity to them with bottle age unlike original disgorgements. This is still an excellent bottle of Champagne but doesn't have the vibrancy it once did. Excellent

'90 Cristal - in a great drinking window right now. Fully mature with plenty of yellow fruit. Touches or honey and marzipan. Probably doesn't get any better than it is right now so I plan on drinking my remaining bottles over the next 5-7 years. Staggering

'96 Dom Perignon Rose - is another champagne I think has reached its apex and is now slightly on its downside. Has always been a big red juicy "fun" wine to drink. If this was a representative bottle, the fruit has just started to fade compared to the bottles I've consumed over the prior 12-24 months. Excellent Plus

'96 Cristal Rose - maybe the DP Rose suffered a bit next to the Cristal Rose. As usual, very pale colored; in low restaurant light it is hard to even tell it is a Rose. A much more "serious" and complex Champagne than the previous one. More layers. Too bad its made in such small quantities. Staggering Plus
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#470 Post by ky1em!ttskus » March 7th, 2019, 5:42 pm

NV Perseval-Farge C de Pinots (disg. 7/16)

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#471 Post by Yao C » March 7th, 2019, 10:40 pm

Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 6th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Ray, for me, the 02 Chetillons is still very primary. Lots of acid and tight fruit. I agree.. come back in a decade.
FWIW I cracked a bottle a couple weeks ago that I bought on the secondary market. While nowhere near peak it was reasonably open, and starting to develop some richness and aged complexities. So I'm coming back in 5 years, not 10. I suspect the difference might be storage conditions
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#472 Post by Frank Murray III » March 10th, 2019, 2:15 pm

  • 2012 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Avize & Cramant Extra Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (3/10/2019)
    Disgorged 10/2017, no dosage and all Chardonnay. Apple, some light honey and when the wine woke up, some ginger, too. Finishes with a tonic water quality, tight and lean. With air, and like the bottle from last December, this needed to breathe to wake up and show some better fruit concentration and presence, to shed some of the austerity. We drank this next to the 2012 Dethune BdB and in terms of total impression and presence, the Dethune bested the Marguet for me. I really dig both producers but I do think Benoit made a tighter, leaner wine in this vintage with what he got from the CdB.
  • 2012 Paul Dethune Champagne Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne (3/10/2019)
    Disgorged 01/2018. 100% Chard. No dosage info listed on bottle but if I was to offer a guess, would think 6-8 g/l. Citrus blossom, yellow apple, lime, honey and a good richness with moderate complexity. Finishes with a saline profile and paired really well with manchego cheese. As a side note, we had this alongside the Marguet Avize/Cramant 2012 and the two wines were very different, with the Dethune being the better wine for me on this night.
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2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#473 Post by Brad Baker » March 11th, 2019, 9:34 pm

Frank,

Great notes. I don't recall the vineyard locations for Marguet's 2012, but, in general, the weakest spot in 2012 was the Cote des Blancs Chardonnay due primarily to low yields from frost and hail damage mixed with mildew/mold problems. Some producers did great in this area, but for others it was a washout and no vintage was declared. But, when it was good, it was really good. Producers like Dethune making a Chardonnay from outside the classical area fared better than you would think in most other vintages.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#474 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 12th, 2019, 7:30 am

Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent
1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype.
1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent.
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
This weekend I was gifted a 1990 Pol Roger Brut Rose from its original owner. You think drink or hold?
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#475 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 12th, 2019, 8:40 am

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 7:30 am
Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent
1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype.
1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent.
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
This weekend I was gifted a 1990 Pol Roger Brut Rose from its original owner. You think drink or hold?
If one bottle, drink. Should be great right now.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#476 Post by Neal.Mollen » March 12th, 2019, 3:00 pm

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This week I was at a group wine dinner where we had two Champagnes, a 2002 Dom Perignon and a 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne.

The Dom was a very elegant wines. Very clean tasting with a long finish. It was a bit young and did not seem to have yet developed tertiary flavors. Still, it was smooth and enjoyable to drink.

The Taittinger was an entirely different animal. Tasted seemingly at its peak. Very rich (but balanced) with lots and lots of flavor. Fabulous wine.
I have one more of the 96 (and one of the equally sensational 95). I suppose I should drink them before they begin to decline.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#477 Post by Howard Cooper » March 12th, 2019, 3:05 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Howard Cooper wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 4:51 am
This week I was at a group wine dinner where we had two Champagnes, a 2002 Dom Perignon and a 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne.

The Dom was a very elegant wines. Very clean tasting with a long finish. It was a bit young and did not seem to have yet developed tertiary flavors. Still, it was smooth and enjoyable to drink.

The Taittinger was an entirely different animal. Tasted seemingly at its peak. Very rich (but balanced) with lots and lots of flavor. Fabulous wine.
I have one more of the 96 (and one of the equally sensational 95). I suppose I should drink them before they begin to decline.
I am not really a Champagne expert, but I cannot see any reason to hold the 1996 longer. It seemed to be singing.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#478 Post by Mike Hawkins » March 13th, 2019, 9:48 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Howard Cooper wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 4:51 am
This week I was at a group wine dinner where we had two Champagnes, a 2002 Dom Perignon and a 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne.

The Dom was a very elegant wines. Very clean tasting with a long finish. It was a bit young and did not seem to have yet developed tertiary flavors. Still, it was smooth and enjoyable to drink.

The Taittinger was an entirely different animal. Tasted seemingly at its peak. Very rich (but balanced) with lots and lots of flavor. Fabulous wine.
I have one more of the 96 (and one of the equally sensational 95). I suppose I should drink them before they begin to decline.
I’ve had a few bottles of both CdCs recently, and they both have years of great drinking left

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#479 Post by Mike Hawkins » March 13th, 2019, 9:49 pm

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 7:30 am
Mike Hawkins wrote:
March 2nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
1990 Pol Roger Brut.. excellent
1996 Dom Perignon... even better. Lives up to the hype.
1996 Henriot Enchanteleurs... this bottle seemed tired. Normally excellent.
2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons... still quite primary
This weekend I was gifted a 1990 Pol Roger Brut Rose from its original owner. You think drink or hold?
I would drink up.. For my tastes, rose peaks earlier

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#480 Post by Frank Murray III » March 15th, 2019, 5:34 pm

####, this is good! Decadent but balanced, and no dosage. ####!
  • 2014 Marie Courtin Champagne Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut - France, Champagne (3/15/2019)
    Opened this about an hour ago and I might just plow through it all before my wife walks in the door from work. Disgorged 02/2017, 100% Chard, no dosage. Aromatic of crushed rocks, Really unique flavors. Lots of apple, mixing with mint leaf, lemon curd and mineral. Some light brioche flavor adding a nice savory note to the wine, along with a little toasty thing, too. There is depth and fruit in this wine, and an absence of the tonic water quality that I sometimes find in no dosage wines. It finishes with a beautiful cut of minerality, lemon oil, jasmine and mint. Stellar, and gonna put this on my WOTY list, the first wine to hit for 2019.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#481 Post by Charlie Carnes » March 21st, 2019, 6:08 pm

Rosé...all day...
1996 Dom Perignon Rosé:
These are truly amazing! (I drank the 2005 the following day. I was amazed at how similar the two wines were.) This 1996 certainly has more age. There is a beautiful layering that comes across as rose petals and strawberries floating on a layer of smooth creamy bubbles interspersed with red clay and flint minerals. There is a lovely, rich decadence surrounding everything that is quite beguiling. This is long, rich, and nearly decadent! Drank for my 50th, Mad's 21st, and our 23rd anniversary at Daniel. 97

2006 Bilicart Salmon Elisabeth Salmon:
Lots of great notes on this wine. I agree with the orange to rose gold color description so many describe. It has an almost metallic glow. While it is fresh and crisp, it is also laid back. It has pretty pink and red berries, with an almost citrusy zest, minerals of clay, and acidic soil, and a big and inviting swallow. Dang great wine! 94

NV Rodez Grand Cru Rosé:
Quite tasty... This is toward the more red color spectrum. It is full, firm, crisp, with red apple, biscuits, chalky, dusty mineral. I could regularly drink this and enjoy every time. April 2016 Disgorgement. 92

NV Egly-Ouriet GC Rosé:
This and the Saves are easily my two favorite NV grower Rosés!!! This is glowing light pink to red, with delicious full but light red berry fruit, apple skins, rose petals, toasted sweet bread, crunchy minerals, texture, creamy bubbles... delicious! I drink these as if, "the plane's going down! 95
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#482 Post by Jayson Cohen » March 21st, 2019, 9:40 pm

2008 Dom. Wow. This is the best release showing since I’ve been tasting Dom on release starting with the ‘90. Spherical, energetic, stacked but elegant, and long.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#483 Post by Josh Grossman » March 21st, 2019, 11:02 pm

NV Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut from a 375: This was disgorged in October of 2017. This was a completely a different animal than the last bottle I had (which was more citrusy and bright). This was much more developed with more pears and chamomile on the top note and a long marzipan and honey finish.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#484 Post by Chris Bublitz » March 22nd, 2019, 2:16 pm

Another great bottle of 1996 Taittinger Comtes last night. Also really enjoyed my first time with Bertrand-Delespierre Origines Croisées (with 2012 base vintage) - nice stuff.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#485 Post by Frank Murray III » March 22nd, 2019, 5:12 pm

  • NV Mouzon-Leroux & Fils Champagne "l’Incadescent" Rosé Saignée Brut - France, Champagne (3/22/2019)
    First of two, and looks like I am the first taster to post. Just opened this after chilling it down to a nice cool temp. 100% Pinot Noir from Verzy and MdR, with 1 gm of dosage, disgorged May 2017. Pours a nice salmon pink color. At virtually no dosage, this drinks with plenty of fruit, and no austerity that I can find. For me, that says good farming and intention, without any requirement to lift the texture and palate feel with dosage. Red fruits of cherry, red apple, strawberry, some light yeastiness and a good finish that is approachable and fresh with a lime note keeping it all together. This seems built to enjoy now, and doesn't have any signature of chalk/mineral/big acid to carry it for the long-term. But for a near-term Rose, it's spot on good.
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#486 Post by Warren Taranow » March 22nd, 2019, 5:25 pm

Chris Bublitz wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Another great bottle of 1996 Taittinger Comtes last night.
I only have one and it's on deck for my 25th anniversary in 2021!

Cheers,
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#487 Post by Eric Sch » March 22nd, 2019, 5:39 pm

Long weekend on Maui without the kiddo, relaxing at Hotel Wailea. Had a NV Moussé Fils Rosé Tradition at Spago last night, dark color with fresh cranberry fruit, medium acid level, with a bit of minerality on the finish. Love the producer and first time I've had this bottling - it doesn't even appear on their website, though I found a bottle for sale locally at the (nicely stocked) Wailea Wine today.

We also brought a couple of bottles from home including the NV Eric Rodez Brut Rosé, Grand Cru Ambonnay fruit. Not sure of the disgorgement but purchased in late 2017. Popped this on the patio today and the fruit is much lighter, more mineral and acid driven, and a bit lacking in depth. We prefer the Moussé Fils but still nice to cut the humidity.

Also brought a 2008 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs that we're holding for a nice meal Sunday night here at the hotel. Aloha! champagne.gif
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#488 Post by Alan Eden » March 22nd, 2019, 6:02 pm

Not esoteric at all but enjoying Piper Heidsieck with a nice Padron. Ive said before that Champagne and cigars are a match made in heaven.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#489 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 22nd, 2019, 6:14 pm

Cedric Bouchard "Roses de Jeanne." I love this. Shared with my gardener, which is our social time after he takes care of my non-vineyard landscape. A weekly tradition. He has an astute palate, which is not tarnished by price, allocations, all that stuff. He speaks intelligently about each Champagne's attributes (or faults). He was born in Mexico, so we also have the opportunity to improve each other's language use at these weekly Champagne indulgences.

Moved on to Louis Roederer "Rose 2012." I love this.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#490 Post by Charlie Carnes » March 22nd, 2019, 6:16 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 6:02 pm
Not esoteric at all but enjoying Piper Heidsieck with a nice Padron. Ive said before that Champagne and cigars are a match made in heaven.

We sometimes forget how good the regular cuvees can be
That's a great Champagne in a pinch and it's available almost anywhere!
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#491 Post by J. Rock » March 23rd, 2019, 1:27 pm

I just had Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Vintage 2008 and I thought it was the best sparkling wine I've ever had (I've just started taking wine more seriously and getting my sparkling wine / Champagne for places other than the grocery store). I thought the mouthfeel was ridiculously luxurious and I loved the lemon curd, biscuit and cream notes. If anyone knows other similar Champagne or, better yet, a sparkling wine that's not quite as expensive, I'd love hear what it is.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#492 Post by Warren Taranow » March 24th, 2019, 2:46 pm

1997 Gaston Chiquet Champagne Special Club Brut
This was good, but long in the tooth. Birth year wine for my son. Quite oxidative, with light bead that fades fairly quickly. Still, enjoyable with bready orchard fruit (in addition to the bruised apple). Better a few years ago, but no complaints. Part of a mixed auction lot in which other older champagnes were the prime targets.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#493 Post by R@y.Tupp@+sch » March 24th, 2019, 3:13 pm

This past week -

'82 Dom Perignon - has entered its plateau. Tertiary DP flavors have emerged. Should stay at its apogee for 10+ years. Staggering Plus

'98 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill - lacks structure and acidity. Decent flavors but not exciting. Good with Roberta's pizza however. Very good.

'08 Dom Perignon - best drinking DP upon release. Not sure it will last another 40 years, but not sure I will either. Staggering

'02 Dom Ruinart Mag - the price has recently spiked but it's still a value. Smoke marries well with yellow fruit. Lemons. Effervescence dissipates more rapidly than I would like. Excellent Plus.

'66 Dom Perignon - DOA
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#494 Post by Frank Murray III » March 24th, 2019, 4:12 pm

  • 2012 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or - France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru (3/24/2019)
    During a meal last night with about 10 people, I figured for dessert it would be cool to change it up, ditch the heavy red we usually do and instead do some Vilmart. I chilled this down and then we let it rip, finishing the bottle in about 45 mins. Not everyone at the table was into Champagne so I enjoyed a good solid glass plus of the wine. Disgorged August 2017, 80% Chard, 20% PN, and I believe the dosage on this wine is usually around 7 g/l (bottle doesn't show it). This mixed in lemon and lime nicely, and while this does have a tick of dosage in it, higher in my range than I like, again as with Vilmart is the presence of the acidity to energize the wine, and in this bottle a good finishing structure that seemed chalky. Drank very well again, and with the structure and acid, these should keep aging well.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
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2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#495 Post by Merrill Lindquist » March 24th, 2019, 7:19 pm

2004 Dom Perignon. I have had glorious bottles of this, and so-so bottles of this. This bottle belongs in the former category. Not crisp, but soft, full and satisfying. I had met friends for lunch and suffered through a domestic "bubbly" with them, and came home to look for a potential satisfier. This one does it.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#496 Post by Howard Cooper » March 25th, 2019, 4:37 am

Chris Bublitz wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Another great bottle of 1996 Taittinger Comtes last night. Also really enjoyed my first time with Bertrand-Delespierre Origines Croisées (with 2012 base vintage) - nice stuff.
I was with Chris. And, it was great drinking these wines.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#497 Post by Howard Cooper » March 25th, 2019, 4:38 am

Warren Taranow wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 5:25 pm
Chris Bublitz wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Another great bottle of 1996 Taittinger Comtes last night.
I only have one and it's on deck for my 25th anniversary in 2021!

Cheers,
Warren
Should be magnificent.
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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#498 Post by Warren Taranow » March 25th, 2019, 7:59 am

We had a very nice trio last night.

2002 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Rare
Orange peel and lemon rind, honeysuckle, brioche and hazelnuts, and a beautiful cut and bead. I struggled pulling the trigger due to the price, but I'm glad I have more.

NV Jacquesson Cuvée 740
Shows its 2012 base in spades. Beautiful density and glycerin palate lifted by more than ample acidity. I loved this last night, much more than I had upon its release. For me, this showed really well despite following a decade older tête de cuvée.

NV Paul Dethune Brut Rosé
As always, a joyful drink. This never was a shy wine, but it's getting even more density with bottle age. That said, it was the fresh berry flavors and aromas that made this and so many of these disappear from my cellar over the past several years.

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Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

#499 Post by ky1em!ttskus » March 25th, 2019, 3:31 pm

NV Nathalie Falmet Cornet

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#500 Post by Robert M yers » March 26th, 2019, 7:48 pm

Mousse & Fils Rose Effusion - Very deep coloration here and a banging nose of juicy strawberries. A bit heavy and clunky on the palate though that really left me thinking more high end Cava than champagne. Stuffing seemed there, it just didn’t have any precision in its execution tonight. This was my first try at this producer though. Not much value for me at $60 local.

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