Waitrose Vintage Champagne 1999

Tomorrow I have to place 44 candles on a birthday cake, light them and blow them out.  What will I wish for?  While I deliberate, my body decays albeit slowly, and I am enjoying a glass of fizz before heading out for dinner.

Wait a minute!

Scottish shortbread, grapefruit notes and possibly a little lime.  I find this a little too acidic to be truly memorable.

I have to admit that I know very little about champagne.  I enjoy drinking it but I need to learn more about what makes one better than another.  So whilst I did not get on greatly with Waitrose Vintage, this should not put you off trying it for yourself.

Have to dash – off to eat and yes, I am taking my notebook.

As for my birthday wish?  It won’t be for another bottle Waitrose Vintage Champagne.

4 Responses to “Waitrose Vintage Champagne 1999”

  1. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    I left this in the fridge overnight uncorked and sampled another glass today. I have to say I thought it had improved greatly. Much smoother, less acidic and more depth. Was it the cheapo glass of champagne I had out last night? Or does this wine mature with air? Maybe it’s just me but I am much happier with it today than I was yesterday.

  2. robert Says:

    Happy Birthday! No ideas on the Champagne (except to say that when the CO2 is a little less obvious, the quality of the wine is more to the fore).

    Hope it was a good one.

  3. Douglas Says:

    Many happy returns!

    I also find fizz often develops over time. Isn’t the Waitrose one elaborated on by the original Champagne Charlie, Charles Heidsieck?

    Sometimes vintage versions are a bit boring anyway, multi-vintage having more facets to them by definition…

    P.S. -You are sixteen years my senior…

  4. Richard Says:

    I’ve had a few of these, most recently 21/12/08 and it was fantastic, rich deep, with cracking length. Is there such a thing as bad Champagne??!! lol
    i hope not

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