93 Point Wine Spectator - "Powered by racy acidity, this shows well-structured elegance, partnering rich texture with flavors of quince paste, poached apple, white peach, graphite, almond and smoke. Offers fine focus and length, with a hint of citrus on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2022."
The 2002 Brut Grand Vintage opens with attractive hints of smoke and licorice, followed by dried pears, apricots and peaches. The 2002 is a sensual Grand Vintage endowed with gorgeous depth and terrific overall balance. The up-front intensity trails off just a bit on the finish. Otherwise, this is a very fine showing. This is Lot LAF 3M AO.
The product was a gift - a birthday gift and the order seemingly fell through the cracks taking 10 days for delivery and missing the birthday event by about 4 days. I was told that I would receive free shipping on my next order but never received a code or a follow-up email. Good wine (so I was told when it finally arrived to the birthday honoree), bad service I'm afraid. Still waiting for my free shipping code too.
Grand Vintage 2002 is mature, harmonious and precise. Seven years in the cellars have developed the mature, toasty flavours, both sweet and dry, with warm notes of grain and frangipane along with toasted almonds and malt, mocha and light tobacco. Notes of ripe fruits follow: pear, candied citrus, plum, nectarine and white peach.
On the palate, the construction is precise and the substance is velvety. The first impression of creamy roundness progressively allows the linear, tight structure to appear. The flavours of fruit become fresher: mandarin orange and pink grapefruit. The deliberately light dosage (5.5 g/l), creates a firm, precise finish, deliciously tonic and refreshing, with notes of rhubarb and currant as well as quinine and citrus.
The Grand Vintage 2002, the 69th from the Maison is mature, harmonious and precise. Seven years in the cellars have developed the mature, toasty flavours, both sweet and dry, with warm notes of grain and frangipane along with toasted almonds and malt, mocha and light tobacco.