1989 Pommery Brut "Cuvee Louise" Champagne

SKU #1005230 95 points Wine Spectator

 Terrific. A mature vintage Champagne, bursting with biscuit, fig, walnut and coffee tones on a fresh, lively structure. It picks up a hint of mushroom on the finish and has enough weight for the main course. (BS)  (11/2001)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 No tasting note given. Scored by RP.  (12/2002)

91 points Vinous

 Yeasty aromas of toasted bread, toffee and roasted hazelnut, along with brighter apple and pear fruit notes. Fresh and brisk, with excellent breadth and weight. A very rich, fairly dry and harmonious wine with a long, lively finish. Structured and fine for a '89. This bottle showed far fresher than the sample I tasted a year ago. (ST)  (11/2001)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This rich, dry, mature1989 shows buttery brioche, licqueur, caramel and apple aromas. Medium-full dry cherry, apple, yellow plum and toast flavors work in lovely harmony, creating a complex palate impression. Lemon-lime and mineral notes, with an intriguing, faintly bitter, quinine-like hint play out on the long finish.  (12/2001)

K&L Notes

The power of Montagne de Reims pinot noir and the elegance of Cote de Blancs chardonnay are married perfectly in this exquisite Champagne. Pommery is one of the few great Champagne houses to own extensive vineyards of its own, and this bottle shows what a difference that can make; it is made exclusively from estate fruit. It has a bright golden color and aromas of hazelnuts and cookie dough. It is a rich and expansive style but it still comes together nicely on the finish. Very fine wine, balanced, full of character and class. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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