1996 Salon Blanc de Blanc Le Mesnil
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could drink Salon Le Mesnil every day? This is an incredibly beautiful, sophisticated, lavishly appointed bubbly with an exquisite blend of aged yeast notes smelling of lightly toasted brioche layered atop scents of vanilla, Meyer lemon, chalk and minerals all in the most seamless and creamy of fashions. Its mousse is smooth but energetic and comes with appropriately pinpoint-sized bubbles. Sporting all the finesse that Blanc de Blancs can manage yet rewardingly deep and rich in flavor, this wine is easily the most impressive bottling in this go-round of world-class bubblies. $300.00
89 points, one puff
DELAMOTTE Blanc De Blancs Millesime 1999
This pleasant wine offers clean, bright aromas of green apples and toasted bread in a slightly direct and not quite complex style. It is foamy on the palate with mid-sized bubbles and certainly is a very accomplished Champagne. That it was outclassed in this company is no dishonor given the competition, and its lower price certainly makes it an alternative to the high-priced spreads.