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Taittinger Grande Cru 2000 en Magnum

Taittinger Grande Cru 2000 en Magnum
Not actually 2000 but 1995/6, released for the millennium and only in magnum. The precursor to Prelude.

I have been fortunate to have this nearly 20 times and each one brings something unique to the table. This mag showed some maturity in flavour profile on the nose, a touch of mushroom and other tertiary notes (which I love by the way) but the energy and fruity, juicy grip on the mid to late was sensational!

The cork jumped out of the bottle and on pour it foamed pleasingly with a dark straw gold hue.
The nose was rich. Wonderfully rich. Toasted pastries, waffles, butter and some lovely tertiary notes of mushroom and stewed nuts. The front end was brilliantly aromatic.

What you expected, given the density of the front end, was a slightly cumbersome and unwieldy mid. Not so. This was super fresh, zesty and brilliantly balanced with all the buttered toast you compiled possibly want and a drizzle of lemon juice to boot.

The finish brilliantly balances out all these components and then hands you a good portion of salinity and lemon bitters to really work the salivary glands and force you back for another glass.
I love it when a magnum comes together like this!
Peter Crawford