2004 de luxe champagnes
Both Julia and I have been lucky enough to have a chance to survey some pretty smart 2004 champagnes recently, Julia at a retrospective sighted tasting of 16 of the best at 10 years old, courtesy of fine-wine traders Bordeaux Index, and me at a small, fun, blind tasting of four of them (three of which had also been tasted by Julia a few days before). There is no doubt that 2004 is a successful vintage for champagne. It lacks perhaps the richness of the best 2002s but there are some very exciting wines that are just starting to provide great drinking and the best have wonderful precision and intensity. This is a particularly tense...
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