($120) Strong mousse. Restrained aromas of lemon rind, lime, honeysuckle and chalk. Tightly wound, firm and quite refined; almost hard today and distinctly backward. Finishes long, brisk and dry, with bracing lemony acidity. (I also tasted a far less fresh bottle, which showed tired aromas of apple and pear.) There's been a change of importer since last year, so ask your merchant for this fall's shipment. (Allied Domecq Wines U.S.A., Healdsburg, CA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2001
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
A firm, vigorous '95, dry and stingy with its berry, honey and citrus notes, but overall a tasty drink. A delicate, bracing Champagne.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Light nose but tightly wound and dense. Just the merest suggestion of glucose tablets on the nose. Very sweet start - too much - but good, dense, ripe fruit. Not the finest but there is lots of current pleasure here.
Slight amber and gold color with aromas of nuts, flowers - honeysuckle - with similar tastes. Graceful and elegant wine. (I'm still not sold on the high end champagnes, especially when the NV PJ is so good...). I believe this wine will keep for another 5-10 years but is enjoyable now.
Drink Dates: 2005-2022
Self | Rating: 87
Unfortunately, the champagne had already peaked. The wine had changed color to a yellow...and he taste had flavors of wood and smelled toasty. I don't think vintage champagne can be aged this long ( 17 years).
Drink Dates: 2003-2009
Self | Rating: 93
Very well balanced with a nice long lively finish. Pale gold color. Incredible buttered toast and honey nose with some nice citrus to round it out. Very supple and well rounded wine. An outstanding champagne that I enjoyed very much!