Sunday 10 October 2021

Three Bottles of Bubbly

These were tasted a couple of weeks ago when I arranged a tasting dinner with 1990 Brunello as the main focus, but we also drank some other bottles from that vintage.

1990 Millésime Resérvé, Henri Abelé
A round and very mature nose with notes of autumn apples, almond paste, linoleum and warm tiles. Good.
The taste is nice and soft with no bubbles and notes of old wrinkled apples, almonds and damp earth. Drinking fine but some years behind its zenit.
86p   (tasted 2021/09)

1990 Cuvée Dom Perignon
A mature, smoky nose with notes of dry caramel, coffee powder, cream and autumn apples. Deep and fine but now and again there is a funky cellar note, not corked but an impression that it isn´t a perfect bottle.
The taste confirms the nose, a very fine mature character, even elegant, but there is a hint of something that shouldn´t be there. But we had no problems finishing the bottle.
90p   (tasted 2021/09)

2008 Millésimé 1er Cru, Gaidoz Forget
After the dinner was finished we yearned for something fresh and bubbly. This 2008 sports a high, seedy nose with notes of red currants, orange blossom, red apples and smoke. Very, very good.
The taste is intense and refreshing with notes of white flowers, red apples, earth, minerals and smoke. A very fine acidity. 60% Pinot Noir & 40% Pinot Meunier.
91p   (tasted 2021/09)

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