This is the winery’s most expensive bottling, a late disgorged bubbly that has now seen a decade of age. It shows the elegant polish of the ’97 Royal Cuvée, but is superior even to it in richness. The creamy smoothness is the star attraction, but so are the subtle citrus, raspberry, brioche and vanilla flavors. Impeccably dry balance guarantees that this beautiful…
The winery held back this brut-style wine for eleven years. Even at this great age, the wine tastes young and vibrant in acidity, with rich strawberry, orange, lime and yeast flavors, finished with sweet vanilla. Tastes beautiful now, but extraordinary as it is, it should gain traction over the next ten years.
This late-disgorged wine has been released at the age of 11 years. It’s a beautiful wine, notable especially for the ultrafine feeling of the mousse, or bubbles. So refined and silky. Rich too are the flavors, in limes, strawberries, toasty lees and minerals. A spectacular sparkling wine that has many years of development ahead.
A luscious and superior California bubbly, this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay shows an irresistable richness of raspberry purée, cherry skin bitterness, vanilla, yeasty baked bread and something unidentifiably smoky-sweet. Yet it’s bone dry. With a long, complex finish, it should continue to age beyond this, its tenth birthday.
Very dry, apparently with a low dosage, which makes those bony acids stick out ever more. Pretty austere now, showing little beyond intense citrus, yeast and char. Such is the balance that it’s likely to age well. Hold through 2006, then try again.