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Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend 2002

Shay A
9.4

Opened alongside a 2002 Piper Rare (winner), 2006 Piper Rare, 2006 Taittinger Comtes, 2007 Billecart Nicolas Francois, and 2012 Dom Perignon.

As you can tell, this was opened in great company and showed very well. Profile wise, this was in between the Piper Rare (rich and layered but bright) and the Taittinger Comtes (a bit surprisingly the brightest and lightest of the group). Not as honeyed aromatically as the two Piper Rare offerings, but loads of white peach, grilled lemon, honey and orange roasted cashews and sea salt. This showed a kiss more depth than its 2007 sibling, with lemon scone, limestone and racy acidity. It certainly drinks younger than it is. Classically Billecart in its “down the middle” style. Never too much/little of anything.

I wish I had another bottle to open in 5-7yrs, as this is aging glacially and beautifully.
— 3 days ago

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He is many things, and the man is one of them! We’ve gotten to share many great bottles together. I hope to get to SD next year and if so, hopefully we can stop by Mister A’s.
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@Shay A We've got some '06 Rare, itching to open, or should I wait?
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@Severn Goodwin : If you have multiple, open away. But if you have 1-2, I’d hold. Not sure it meets the layered complexity of the ‘02, but it’s drinking nice now (yet not going anywhere).

Vouette et Sorbée

Fidéle Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

Shay A
9.2

I’m between 92-93 here. I bought this at the same time as the Marguet Shaman 17 I opened two weeks ago and wanted to try them fairly close together for comparison sake (both are grower, zero dosage), and the V&S wins (more body/richness).

Jan’21 disgorgement. Gold in the glass. I’m not a fan of decanting champagne, but I do love drinking champagne from wider bowl glasses to air them out gently, which this benefitted from. Doesn’t have that really brisk Carmex aromatic I get with many lean grower champagnes. It sports a gently oxidative flair with golden pear, red apple, and honey roasted cashews. The palate has a distinct bakers yeast note along with classical chalky limestone too. It was a match made in Heaven with lobster corndogs! Will purchase again.
— 20 days ago

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Yellow Label Brut Champagne Blend

She’s consistent, classic, delicious, and iconic. Whether in a pink hue or semi-sweet expression, she leaves a celebratory impression on the palate. She was a pioneer. Strong. A visionary.

Cheers to Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin 🥂🍾
— 11 hours ago

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Ulysse Collin

Les Maillons Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Champagne Pinot Noir

Alex Lallos
9.5

Holy wow this is fantastic. Broad shouldered with some bready / yeasty / oaky notes to start off. The wine kept gaining in weight and complexity over the evening. Aromas of apricot, bruised pear, golden apple, red cherry and celery leaf. Delightful with every course from oysters to filet of beef although I don’t really recommend just drinking it on its own. Very vinous and burgundy like. Either decant or drink from anything other than a flute. Awesome wine — 4 days ago

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I remember when I bought these for $95. Priced out of them now.
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@Shay A didn’t you sell me some rose recently? Totally agree hard to drink at those prices
Andrew Schirmer

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@Shay A same! Off the shelf !

Louis Roederer

Cristal Brut Champagne Chardonnay Pinot Noir Blend 2013

No formal notes. Still quite primary and needed a bit. Lovely bottle 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 @Geoff Franz — 7 days ago

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Neil Valenzuela

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166th and Crystal… where’s my invite?

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

La Grande Dame Brut Champagne Blend 2012

Delta lounge a nice way to end our trip. I find most of the 12’s open with lots of delicious fruit. This had pear, peach with a creamy texture. — 15 days ago

Ira, Aravind and 15 others liked this

Dom Pérignon

P2 Brut Champagne Blend 1998

Consumed a week after my 70th but better late than never. Notes of honeysuckle and mineral. An opulent honeyed sweet palate amongst the citrus - mineral and complex. The Plenitude Programme is all about complexity with freshness - disgorged 2014. Manages to be intense and elegant at the same time. — 7 days ago

Daniel, Severn and 24 others liked this

Dom Pérignon

Brut Champagne Blend 1982

I love 1982 dom this is a mature Champagne with lots of brioche, caramel , ripe apple , minerals , baking spices and grilled nuts . Rich and full-bodied on the plate wow really a beautiful mature Champagne. — 8 days ago

Shay, Aravind and 4 others liked this

Ruinart

Dom Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2002

Last bottle of the trip. Consumed with some cigars brought to celebrate my nieces wedding in MN. Nice mousse and mouth feel. Still young. Very precise and angular. — 13 days ago

Josh, Jan and 13 others liked this

Billecart-Salmon

Brut Rosé Champagne Blend

It’s everything you want from good champagne. Rich, unctuous texture with notes of brioche toast, vanilla, pineapple, pear, flint. While it’s big and rich, it still has enough minerality and acidity to keep it extremely drinkable. Fantastic. — 10 days ago

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