Mon Dieu - where do I begin. This was a very generous gift from my dear, dear friends, to commemorate my university graduation, many years ago. I've been holding onto this bottle for a much more significant occasion, as all great wines should be - for my 20th anniversary of living in Canada. Yes, I arrived in Toronto in 1990, a little 4 year old Chinese kid, not a word of English, not a friend in this country. It's been tough, but 20 years is certainly something to celebrate.
The cork came out cleanly, without so much as a whisper. I was worried about storage, but the wine was still perfectly bubbly. Deep golden colour, the bouquet is just extraordinary. Rich, creamy, thick - penetratingly mature. Such fragrance, so complex, so perfect. This wine has taught me what a perfectly mature Champagne is at its peak. Still fresh, still lively - this is as good as it gets.
Many, many thanks to my friend who gave me this bottle - I can't thank you enough. A dream come true, merci bien.