40 is the new 20 they say- well, based on last week’s tasting I have to agree! Celebrating the 40th birthday of our dear friend Shay, we popped legendary bottles on vintage Champagne from his year of birth- 1979 and beyond! It was an evening of wine I won’t soon forget!
1979 Krug Collection en Magnum
Each of the Krug Collection wines I come across represent perfection in a Champagne! Beautiful bake apple and pear fruits abound in this fresh delightful wine.
1979 Cristal en Magnum
A bottle purchased at auction was the unfortunate result of improper storage and was oxidized and unable to be enjoyed.
1975 Dom Perignon Oenotheque
Before Dom Perignon’s plentitudes, there was Dom Perignon Oenotheque- with extended aging on the lees under crown cap, these wines offer extended life to the world’s greatest sparkling wine, Dom Perignon.
1982 Krug en Magnum
Bright and full of effervescence, this wine has stone fruits and hazelnut on the nose with fresh brioche, elderflower, and baked apple on the palate.
1979 Krug Clos de Mesnil
This was the inaugural release of Krug’s first single cru expression, Clos du Mesnil. I felt honored to even hold this bottle, let alone have the opportunity to taste it!
Like a soloist in a symphony, the vintage Clos du Mesnil represents a specific place and time in the world- the palate is a pure expression of terroir alerting the senses to it’s incredible texture, flavor, and essence.
1995 Cristal Vinoteque
Cristal’s extended lees aging project is known as Vinoteque, with a minimum of 12 years on the lees which gives added to complexity to a wine already known for incredible depth of flavor.
The acidity was remarkable as it gave lift to the florals and candied citrus peels of the wine. By far the longest finish of the night, this wine stayed on our lips for no less than a full minute!
1988 Dom Perignon P3 Rose en Magnum
The third plentitudes edition from Dom Perignon requires at least 25 years spent on lees, which for this rosé brought forth rose petals and rooibos tea entwined with strawberry fruit leather and Asian five spice.