Wow! First of all, this is a rare wine. I don't know the production stats, but it is tiny, which makes this a treat in-and-of-itself. But also, wow! Even at $100/bottle, this is almost shockingly good. (Especially given that it is 2011.) The nose is dominated by Asian pear and banana with a hint of quince, toast and allspice. The palate has those flavors plus additional banana resin, toasty oak, pink Himalayan sea salt and/or a hint of soy sauce, and the faintest hint of orange zest. Other vintages of this are said to be made in an oxidative style, but I don't pick that up here. The finish is long and a hint buttery. The mouthfeel is wonderful with medium-light body yet a rounded quality and with tiny bubbles; somehow the acid is in check, despite being a brut nature. This absolutely drinks like a sparking white Burgundy. Not as creamy as the 2006 Taittinger Comtes, but nearly as good a wine. Drinking well now, will probably improve for a few years. Consumed on its own and with latkes. *Amazing* with the latkes. 93+
I read a commenter on CT saying he thinks a wine like this does better on its own than in a lineup due to its somewhat lighter body and lack of any "in your face" quality. He may be right about that. I'm glad I had this outside of a "tasting" environment. Plus, the wine got better with every sip.