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'82 PJ Fleur de Champagne WOTY
'88 Louis Roederer Cristal
'89 PJ Fleur de Champagne rosé
'95 Veuve Clicquot Gold Label reserve (surprisingly good)
'96 Dom Perignon rosé (still a youngster)
 
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1990 Krug is the winner for me.

1996 Pierre Peter Les Chetilon
1995/96 Salon
Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne La Boloree
1988/95 Krug
 
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2002 dom ruinart blanc de blancs - outstanding!


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Currently the rank is:

2000 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil
1989 Krug Champagne Brut Collection
1998 Krug Champagne Brut
The Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and 2005 Pierre Péters Champagne Cuvée Spéciale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chetillons also deserve special mention.

There may be a bottle or two opened at an offline this weekend that gets thrown in the mix.


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2005 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Pinot Blanc Champagne Blanc de Blancs La Bolorée


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2005 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Pinot Blanc Champagne Blanc de Blancs La Bolorée


For a man I really think hates Champagne as we know it today, he is a master winemaker.

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NV Krug
1995 Salon, Le Mesnil
 
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Interesting the amount of NV Krug post. I have not bought a NV Krug in a couple of years as I found them overrated recently.

Perhaps time to reconsider.
 
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Seaquam opened the bottle of Krug I had so I don't know how long he had it in his cellar.

No argument about it being overrated relative to the price, but that wasn't the topic of this thread. Wink
 
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Interesting the amount of NV Krug post. I have not bought a NV Krug in a couple of years as I found them overrated recently.

Perhaps time to reconsider.

While I've been of similar opinion in the past, recent (past year or so) disgorgements have been showing very well...
 
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1999 Philipponnat Champagne Brut Clos des Goisses


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Currently the rank is:

2000 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil
1989 Krug Champagne Brut Collection
1998 Krug Champagne Brut


Same bottles, but slightly different order:

1989 Krug Champagne Brut Collection
2000 Krug Champagne Clos du Mesnil
1998 Krug Champagne Brut
 
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1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame
2002 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Rosé Brut

Here's hoping that I need to update this post after New Year's Eve! Smile
 
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Seaquam opened the bottle of Krug I had so I don't know how long he had it in his cellar.

No argument about it being overrated relative to the price, but that wasn't the topic of this thread. Wink


That bottle was from the 2010 Christmas release with classy gift box. Who could resist the gift box?

As a general observation, when Krug changed the Grande Cuvee label around 2005 there seemed to be a decline in the quality of this bottling for while. In the last couple of years it seems to be back to its old standard.

While I have no unequivocal evidence to support this, I believe I know the reason for this improvement: I used to buy 2 or 3 bottles of Krug GC every year for a while, but after the label change I cut back to 1 bottle a year, and in a couple of years I even bought none. It didn't take long for the economic impact of this to hit Krug pretty hard, and I'm fairly certain they got the message loud and clear, finally responding exactly as I knew they would be forced to do.

Yes, yes, you are all very welcome. It was nothing, really.


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Oh, and my Champagne of the year was 1990 André Beaufort Champagne Elaboré par Saint Jean-Baptiste Grand Cru Ambonnnay, interesting and unique.

Both 1996 and 1998 Krug are better wines, but that was the one that generated the most discussion and, I think, overall pleasure this year.


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Originally posted by Seaquam:

As a general observation, when Krug changed the Grande Cuvee label around 2005 there seemed to be a decline in the quality of this bottling for while. In the last couple of years it seems to be back to its old standard.

While I have no unequivocal evidence to support this, I believe I know the reason for this improvement: I used to buy 2 or 3 bottles of Krug GC every year for a while, but after the label change I cut back to 1 bottle a year, and in a couple of years I even bought none. It didn't take long for the economic impact of this to hit Krug pretty hard, and I'm fairly certain they got the message loud and clear, finally responding exactly as I knew they would be forced to do.

Yes, yes, you are all very welcome. It was nothing, really.


This is the funniest thing I've read on this board all year. Thanks Seaquam.
 
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In this order;

1996 Taittinger Comtes
1996 Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame
1990 Pol Roger Winston Churchill
1996 Duval-Leroy Femme
 
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Originally posted by steve8:
Seaquam opened the bottle of Krug I had so I don't know how long he had it in his cellar.

No argument about it being overrated relative to the price, but that wasn't the topic of this thread. Wink


That bottle was from the 2010 Christmas release with classy gift box. Who could resist the gift box?

As a general observation, when Krug changed the Grande Cuvee label around 2005 there seemed to be a decline in the quality of this bottling for while. In the last couple of years it seems to be back to its old standard.

While I have no unequivocal evidence to support this, I believe I know the reason for this improvement: I used to buy 2 or 3 bottles of Krug GC every year for a while, but after the label change I cut back to 1 bottle a year, and in a couple of years I even bought none. It didn't take long for the economic impact of this to hit Krug pretty hard, and I'm fairly certain they got the message loud and clear, finally responding exactly as I knew they would be forced to do.

Yes, yes, you are all very welcome. It was nothing, really.


Olivier Krug is a keen and responsive owner. Well played, Seaquam, we are all in your indebtedness. I shall buy a couple of bottle this afternoon.
 
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Best:

1996 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
1997 Salon Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
1998 Krug Champagne Brut
1995 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon
1988 Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon

Most Disappointing:

1976 Krug Champagne Brut x 2
 
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It's good to see several votes for Krug '95 and '98. I have a few of each in my cellar, but haven't popped one yet. Patience, patience, patience...


Stay thirsty my friends.
 
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
It's good to see several votes for Krug '95 and '98. I have a few of each in my cellar, but haven't popped one yet. Patience, patience, patience...


I would drink the '98 before the '95, Redhawk.
 
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
It's good to see several votes for Krug '95 and '98. I have a few of each in my cellar, but haven't popped one yet. Patience, patience, patience...


I would drink the '98 before the '95, Redhawk.

Most certainly
 
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1985 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie
1990 Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
 
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Originally posted by Redhawk:
It's good to see several votes for Krug '95 and '98. I have a few of each in my cellar, but haven't popped one yet. Patience, patience, patience...


I would drink the '98 before the '95, Redhawk.

Most certainly



and way before the 96' Smile


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1990 Taittinger Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne



Very nice.


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