And then the Champagnes

Bollinger R.D. 1982

A deep burnt gold that catches the sun gloriously.

There's a bit of smokiness & richness with a bit of cooked peaches of all things.

Big & boisterous palate with quite a hyper mousse. Very dry, some really nice, earthy mushroomy flavours. Might need food. Good long finish.


Louis Roederer Cristal 1979

Molten gold and luminous in the late afternoon light. Active tiny bubbles.

Custard creams on the nose with citrus edges - burnt orange as well. Very creamy.

The palate is enhanced by the finest mousse of any champagne I have ever experienced - a beautiful, elegant, tickle - an amazing sensory experience. The fruit is perfumed, almost like orange flower water, it's elegant and balanced in the true sense of the words. There's loads of sweet incense & bits of smoke - sort of like good pinot gris. All coated in rich devon clotted cream. The finish lingers on - an amazing wine.


Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1976

The colour is polished brass with gold flecks

Nose is very creamy with good floral notes. Slight hints of creamy cheese as well.

Palate has a wonderful, rich, sweet creaminess - very sexy. The fruit has edges of mango chutney. Amazing length - both luscious and fun and much better than the last time tasted.


All tasted at Naughton 23/4/06