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Professional Ratings: 94 International Wine Cellar, 93 The Wine Advocate
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine
Other Info: Boutique Wines, Collectible Wines
Item no. 99167
A show-stopper and certainly the favorite of a recent tasting, the 1990 lives up to all the vintage's lofty expectations. Subtle, savory notes of shaved chocolate provide bass notea for bright, soprano trills of pink grapefruit and chalk on the aromatic, complex nose. Truly palate-staining; rich, layered and very complex. A full-bodied wine that still has years, if not decades, ahead of it.
Bright yellow-gold with a lazy bead. Powerfully scented, strikingly complex bouquet of singed peach, pear, turbinado sugar, floral honey, marzipan and smoky minerals. Deep, palate-staining citrus and buttery orchard fruit flavors manage to be rich and energetic at once, picking up honey and talc notes with air. The long, sappy finish features seductive blood orange, minerals and a strong echo of marzipan. While this is complex enough to drink now, it also has the concentration and energy to reward further patience.
The superb 1990 Blanc de Blancs Reserve Le Mesnil is a current release from this small estate. Warm, toasty aromas emerge as the wine opens up in the glass. This is a full-bodied, intense Champagne with slightly oxidative flavors that add complexity to the rich, honeyed fruit. The wine possesses superb depth and richness, along with a finessed mousse and awesome balance. Readers who want to experience an aged yet fresh wine from the prestigious Le Mesnil vineyard will want to consider this beautifully-crafted Champagne. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.