My first impression of the wine left me feeling a bit flat. I've read other reviews that claim the bubbly isn't all that bubbly. I agree. I expected better and I have actuallt purchased cheaper bottles of sparkling that have a crisper and cleaner essence. Therefore, my overall impression is the champagne is only so-so, not that special. I wouldn't mind drinking it again. However, I've had better.
I agree with another reviewer, I don't know what these other people are drinking but it certainly does not have essences of pineapple, honeysuckle, or blah blah blah. It is a bold wine that is very smokey and laden with strong currents of oak. Matter of fact, the smokiness is apparent on the first sip and lingers indefinetly on the palate with stron tinges of alcohol. Perhaps the other reviewers may claim that my taste is unrefined, but I've had better chardonnay. This was a disappoinment.