Happy birthday mum!

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60 years and never had a Dom Pérignon! So, a starter consisting of a cabbage leaf formed as a bowl, were filled with a subtle crab mix and around it just a few drops of an old balsamico. 1998 Dom Pérignon accompanied and made mum happy.
Second 1998 I’ve had and this should not be neglected. Not as grand as the 1996 or having the same presence as the 2000, but one fine glass of Champagne with elegance written all over it. And, not to be forgotten, a true joy drinking at the moment!
Just the slightest touch of oak (vanilla and ground coffee) in the bouquet adds complexity to the citrus, mineral, slightly over ripe apples, reminding me of English cider, and floral touch. The bouquet folds out in the glass during the hour we drink it and indicates it still has plenty of stuffing to keep going many years.
Fine, mouth filling mousse which is impossible to resist. Impeccable balance, fine acidity and lingering finish with just a touch of oak.
Ridiculously priced but still a heck of a glass.
(1998 Dom Pérignon, Champagne, 93 p) 

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