And to start off the new year, a Champagne note from the noted wine sage.
1911 Pol Roger
"Probably disgorged in the mid-1950s. First noted at a Pol Roger tasting in 1989: straw gold; soft, nutty, sound old bouquet and flavor, 'rather like a creamy old Chardonnay'. Next and most memorable, a bottle produced by Hugh Johnson for his first Bordeaux Club dinner: sipped reverentially but with immense satisfaction by the members on a perfect summer evening in Hugh's exquisite garden - I have a happy photograph, taken by Judy Johnson, of Harry Waugh, Jack Plumb (in straw hat), Neil McKendrick, John Jenkins, Hugh and myself. The wine had an excellent colour, very slight prickle, a touch of cloudiness towards the bottom of the bottle - so I declined a top up..." - MB