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Prestige Cuvee Champagne Tasting

November 16th 2012

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 - Nuanced nuts and beeswax flavours, quite full bodied with a streak of acid still, but a soft finish.
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000 - Delicate, pretty, very creamy
Pol Roger Cuvee Winston Churchill 1999 - The most masculine by far. Firm apple flavours, a little earthy, and with several years life still
Krug Grande Cuvee - Inimitable rich, Burgundian style very satisfying.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2004 - Creamy, biscuity, intense lemon flavours and very long.

Apart from the Bollinger at £70, all these cost £120- £150 a bottle so expectations are rightly high. The Comtes de Champagne was the most friendly for the audience, then the Cristal. Krug has dedicated fans but it is an unusual style for new comers.

These are all classy, well made wines with the ability to age. In relation to dry reds from around the world it makes these look almost good value. How bizzare to be saying that.

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