A subtle version, focused more on delicate acidity and texture than the finely layered flavors of creamed apple, marzipan, pastry dough and black currant, with hints of lemon curd and ground spice. Delivers a lasting, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Mineral-accented scents of pear skin, orange pith and white flowers are lifted by a gingery nuance. Pliant, dense and rich, with palate-coating orchard fruit and spicecake flavors and a smoky mineral quality building with air. Weighty and broad but energetic, with bright minerality adding lift and cut to a strikingly persistent finish.
Wine & Spirits
While this wine’s aromas and flavors are sophisticated and layered, with the complexity brought by a range of reserve wines, its texture feels a bit thick. With a tight, floral, limestone finish, it will match shellfish in cream.
This Champagne is a blend of the 2000, 1999 and 1996 vintages- amazingly, the 1996 portion is 60% of the blend! This is one of the greatest of the tête de cuvée Champagnes, but it has had a hard time selling in the U.S. because it does not carry a vintage date. We were able to take advantage of a special deal and knock an astounding $40 off the price. This is a must for anyone who loves Champagne. It has glorious detail and complexity on the bouquet. In the mouth, the bead is ultra fine; it is hard to imagine smaller bubbles. The flavors are polished and fresh but still fully developed, a testament to the precise blending of the three great vintages. A great tête de cuvée! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer).
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