The wine is yellow-gold in color, but for once, let's also consider the sound of the wine. As the bubbles reach the surface, the babbling sparkle echoes the majestic and persistent liveliness of the mousse. A persistent stream of bubbles rises in the glass and a distinct collar appears around the rim.
The nose shows complexity and maturity, with successive aromas of violets and black cherries developing into butter and toasty nuances.
The wine is generous and unctuous, revealing crushed fruit flavors and secondary aromas of mocha, subtly lifted with spice. The flavors are beautifully balanced and the finish is elegant,
harmonious and fully developed.
Equally delicious with truffle salad or caviar, or even with simply cooked fresh pasta, where the texture and simple flavors enhance the sensuality and complex aromas of the Champagne. Dare to
try it with sardines, or with a mature, hard rind cheese. To complement pasta with truffles
and gourmet dishes such as: foie gras, lobster, scallops, fruit tart (with apricots or tropical fruits).
A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot noir
"Gold-bronze hue displays a very fine stream of active effervescence. Pretty bouquet of vanilla, buttered bread and yeasty brioche scents. Crisp flavors on entry with notable integration of lemon chiffon, malted grain and a laser beam of bracing, citrus minerality. Well-balanced finish highlights bread dough and offers an interesting, nutty appeal."
The Wine News
"A mix of apricot, dried cherry and lemon aromas and flavors are sharply etched, and there's a grainy texture to this bubbly, which has intensity, even if it is a bit chunky. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. "
"The 1998 Brut Cuvee Palmes d'Or is a sexy drink. While not a blockbuster, the wine reveals an engaging, harmonious personality. The open, inviting bouquet leads to an expressive, generous core of fruit with pretty notes of early tertiary character that add complexity. Brioche, hazelnuts, dried pears and dried apricots linger on a long, beautifully articulated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014. No disgorgement date available.
The Wine Advocate
"This Palmes d'Or style is used to create a wine rather than a Champagne. It works here, the structure and the toast all giving a mouthfeel of Burgundy. The acidity of course is characteristic of Champagne, but it is well integrated into the yeast, the green stone fruits and the pink grapefruit freshness."
"Bright yellow-gold. Assertively perfumed bouquet of honeyed apple and pear, dried flowers, buttered toast and smoky lees. A dense, chewy Champagne, with deep orchard and caramelized pit fruit flavors, followed by a note of dried fig. This serious, dense wine needs rich food; or pair it with a washed-rind cheese."
International Wine Cellar
I guess it was on sale for a reason; no obvious cork problems, maybe it became too warm at some point. While it did not taste corked, there was no fruit, a bit yeasty, still had lots of life.