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
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
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
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