1999 Thienot "Cuvée Alain Thiénot" Brut Champagne (Previously $100)
Lightly creamy and finely textured, this well-meshed version displays delicate layers of creamed apple, marzipan, pineapple pâte de fruit, fleur de sel and smoky roasted almond, while mouthwatering acidity lends freshness and balance. Drink now through 2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid yellow-gold. Musky aromas of pear skin, anise, hazelnut and honey, with a hint of orange zest adding lift. Concentrated, tactile and broad, offering flavors of apple, buttered toast, poached pear and chamomile. Finishes with good power and breadth, a refreshingly bitter citrus pith quality adding cut. I'd enjoy this fully mature Champagne over the next few years.
This classy vintage Champagne is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. Like all of the Thiénot vintage wines, this bottling is entirely estate grown from the family's nearly seventy acres of vines. The Alain Thiénot has so much aroma that I thought it would be a giant Champagne from smelling the walnut bread and dark cherry fruit that was jumping from the glass. On the palate this is a very balanced wine with great clarity of flavor and a light bead. The long aging of this Champagne has done so much for it--to think that the most famous names in Champagne are selling wine that is 4 or even 6 years younger shows Thiénot's commitment to quality in the bottle. It is extremely focused and long on the finish and a must-try for anyone who loves luxury cuvées. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)