January 2013: What are you drinking?

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Originally posted by aagrawal:
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Originally posted by Wineplease:
1998 Dom Perignon

How was it? I have one bottle only... when would you recommend that I open it?


The 98 DP showed very well.
I don't have much experience drinking aged champagne so I am not sure to answer your second question.
I will need other forumnites to help me answer that question.
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Originally posted by Wineplease:
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Originally posted by aagrawal:
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Originally posted by Wineplease:
1998 Dom Perignon

How was it? I have one bottle only... when would you recommend that I open it?


The 98 DP showed very well.
I don't have much experience drinking aged champagne so I am not sure to answer your second question.
I will need other forumnites to help me answer that question.

I would strongly suggest sourcing a couple more bottles, if you are able to aagrawal. This is a vintage that drinks well now and will age gracefully, IMO. If you truly are limited to just one bottle and you are seeking the ideal sweet spot, that really depends upon Your idea of a Champagne's sweet spot. A point upon which you get more mature, softened, toasty nuances? I would guess 8- 15 yrs should put you approx in that zone. As you get closer you're sure to have feedback from others regarding how its doing along the way (as well as how you are storing your bottle). I doubt that I'm far off regarding a 'window' however.
2 x 2002 Taittinger Comtes
2 x 2008 Ken Forrester The FMC
2 x 2007 Marcel Deiss Grasberg
2 x 2007 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume

All were good (the Grasberg) to great (the Comtes and Quarts) but the FMC was the most surprisingly good. Easily 93+ points for me and as good an off-dry Chenin Blanc as I’ve had.
Recent wines:

2006 Calera Pinot Noir Mills (half bottle) – Drinking really well right now with nice fruit and starting to show some mature notes at age 6. Tasty

2011 Calera Chardonnay Central Coast – Easy drinking white with nice crisp apple and some melon flavors. Not going to change your life, but for under $20 this is a real winner.

2004 Collazzi Toscana IGT – Drinking really well now and showing a bit more of an earthy nose and flavor than expected, but it was a welcome addition to contrast with the ripe fruit. Paired perfectly with some prime ribeye’s from the grill.

2011 Littorai Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – I’m having a hard time keeping my hands off these. Really balanced and delicious with pure red fruits and a nice and zingy finish. Love this winery.

2002 Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux – This bottle was out of balance from the get go with a bit too much oak for me and the fruit was on the overripe/sweet side. Tasted more like a big CA pinot than grand cru burg.
Forgot one:

2005 Rieussec – Pretty gross actually. This might be the nail in my sauternes coffin. They are just too sweet for me and I could barely manage a couple of sips of this wine. The sad part is it was paired with a really well prepared foie course, but it completely overpowered the dish. I’ve had success with foie and sauternes in the past, but I think I’m going elsewhere with that pairing in the future and no more sauternes for me. I’ve given it a good try, it’s just not for me.
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Originally posted by GlennK:
Forgot one:

2005 Rieussec – Pretty gross actually. This might be the nail in my sauternes coffin. They are just too sweet for me and I could barely manage a couple of sips of this wine. The sad part is it was paired with a really well prepared foie course, but it completely overpowered the dish. I’ve had success with foie and sauternes in the past, but I think I’m going elsewhere with that pairing in the future and no more sauternes for me. I’ve given it a good try, it’s just not for me.


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