When it comes to sparkling wines, I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t seem to review them very purposefully. There—you have full disclosure. I have had a fairly old Dom Perignon and could tell you it what it was like accurately and I know a “bad” sparkler when I taste it, but as far as knowing what is mediocre from good from exceptional, there is something about my palate that just isn’t there! Maybe I just haven’t had enough of them. All that being said, (NW) broke out this 11 year old champagne for Thanksgiving. It is 100 % Chardonnay and is considered a superior wine value in vintage champagnes. (That’s from my research—you couldn’t prove it by me nor do I even know what it cost.)
The bouquet was chocked full of nuttiness with pin-prick bubbles that were in short supply; a product of its age???
In the mouth the wine is quite mellow and nuanced with citrus and more nutty flavors. It was “good” but whether it was really good, great, or just O.K. read someone else’s review and then raise a glass!