Originally posted by Dunder:
Originally posted by winetarelli:
Originally posted by Dunder:
Alright Californians, where's the notes on these fine bubblies??
Don't make me beg.
Ok... here we go!1959 Contant & Co. Champagne Vintage Brut
Oxidized but not unpleasant. Sherry and dark nuts. No score.1985 Veuve Clicquot Rare Rose Vintage
One of my favorites of the night. Still somewhat youthful. Pink fruits and berries combined with plenty of bread dough. 93ish1985 René Collard Champagne Cuvée Reservee Millésimé
One of my favorites of the night. Showing age and its high Pinot Meunier concentration with a bit of cheesiness, fig, and nut. Nice long finish that is not at all metallic (unlike the '90 which has a bit of metal on the finish). I'm always a big fan of Rene Collard. 93ish1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage
Very nice wine, classic vinatage Champagne with bread dough, hazelnuts, and some floral characteristics. Tasted at the expected stage of developement for an '88. I liked this more than I expected. 92.5ish1995 Duval-Leroy Champagne Femme de Champagne
My easy WOTN and first bottle killed. Takes high in Chardonnay (it is 76/24 Chard/Pinot, in fact). Light and delicate with flowers and lots of minerality. More nuanced than any of the other wines at the table. More of an aperitif Champagne, however. Long finish. 94ish.1995 Venoge Brut Millisime
I don't recall much about this, but it was not oneof my favorites of the evening.1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Réserve
Drinking like a sparkling Chardonnay. Randy said it reminded him of a sparkling Kistler. I can see that. There is deffinite oak treatment that is almost too much on the nose for a Champagne, but is well intergrated on the palate and long finish. Undeniably a Chardonnay with baked pear Chardonnay fruits, as well as with plenty of brown spice. Quite different from the '90 at this stage of developement as that was less oaked and nuttier. Still very nice. 92.51996 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Chardonnay Brut
I liked this less than I thought I would. I was a big fan of the '90. This opened up at it aired out and got warmer but it never was excellent. A hint of brown butter with some pear-like fruit and a reasonable finish. Nice, but nothing to get excited about. 91ish1996 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
I liked this very much. It was awell made wine but I have had better bottles of this. Whereas on prior occasions this wine has been a but, rich yeasty, doughy, wine, this particular bottle was very much in a Dom Perignon type style where it was clearly well made, but no one component dominated. I don't recall any specifics other than that I thought is was about a 93 point wine.1996 Bollinger Grand Annee
I don't recall any specifics of this other than that I wasn't hugely impressed but thought it good. 91.5ish?2002 Raymond Boulard Champagne Les Rachais
I was late to dinner and then began dinner by prouring this onto my leg. After getting cleaned up, I tasted this and found it to be a bit tight. As the wine opened, I enjoyed it more and more but I think this is very young and will be much better in 10 years. By the end, the wine was showing a lot of minerality and flowers. The NV Blancs du Blancs and NV Rose are deffinitely the way to go with this producer, imo, though this may *excellent* several years down the road. 92(+?)
Raymond Boulard actually sent Antonio the link to this thread and Antonio may join us for a future offline!