Nicolas Feuillatte Cuvée Palmes d'Or 1999
Hints of toffee and anise run through the fresh quince paste, coffee, pastry and candied orange peel flavors in this supple Champagne, which sports a rich flavor profile in a restrained package, with a smoky note echoing on the finish. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
This dry, crisp wine is balanced, finely integrated, packed with grapefruit and green apple flavors. There is just a sign of maturing in its toastiness, giving some richness to the otherwise steely texture. A success.