Tasted on Friday 20th June 2014 in Epernay
Cuvée de Réserve 1892
A mix of nuts, hints of tobacco some dried apricots there is a lot happening on the nose. The mid palate is quite sweet a feeling of quite high original dosage yet there is freshness at the back very alive the freshness bringing out the mix of flavours. The finish has an old sherry character.
Extra Cuvée Réserve 1914
The nose has a nutty complexity with citrus freshness and the palate is amazingly youthful and fresh. Dried apricots some yellow peach give more depth in the middle the richer flavours beautifully balanced by apple freshness at the back. The finish is long persistent with lingering flavours.
Brut Réserve 1921
The fruit on the nose is sweet the start of the palate rich with depth of flavour peachy, nutty with dried apricots. There is a remarkable freshness an amazing feeling of youth that brightens and lifts the flavours. The richer sweeter fruit fills the back palate and finish.
Pinot Noir 60 % Chardonnay 40%
There is an amazing freshness on the nose. The palate has the richness of toasted brioche, almonds and apricot but towards the back the freshness takes over, apple and grapefruit refreshing and lifting the flavours. The back palate has a mouth filling richness the fruit mix backed by marzipan.
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1988
Pinot Noir Chardonnay (more Pinot than Chardonnay from Grand Cru sites)
The nose has white flower fragrances with hints of almonds and hazel nuts. The palate starts quite light with citrus and apple but fills out in the middle with apricot and brioche. Rich at the back yet it feels lighter on the finish with vibrancy, length and elegance.
Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1996
Pinot Noir Chardonnay
The fruit on the nose is rich apricots and peach a lovely depth of flavour and the palate has a lot of powerful flavours. The mix of rich fruit the creamy mid palate is backed by freshness tart apple the freshness bringing out a hazel nut character, a touch of old leather the back palate is crisp the finish lean long stylish.