- My Rating: [D], old wine gone bad
Moet & Chandon White Star (discontinued since 2009), 12.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Épernay, France)
–Happy 2018 everyone! 7 years of liquor bloggin’ and still going strong. Today managed to dig up a very old, discontinued bottle of M&C White Star (now replaced by the drier Brut Imperial). Is it still good? Let’s find out.
- Style: (non-vintage Champagne) Sparkling Wine
- Taste: Sour tangy dry red apple mineral pear stale white wine
- Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (?)
- How much: ~$40 CAD – 750 ml., sometime from 2002-2005
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: n/a, discontinued
- Recommended: n/a
- What made an impression: significant loss of CO2 after 10+ years
Visual: (cellared for 12+ years). Pours pale honey orange with large bubbles hugging the glass, steady loose big bubbles along with a few clustered streams. Certainly much less activity than a fresh bottle of Imperial.
Nose: musky apple juice, pear, hints of stonefruit. (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: light crisp, major loss of CO2 – dull/flat
Mid-palate: red apple juice, (lvl-1-sweetness), big tangy-medium sour
Finish: off-dry stale white wine exhale
Summary: Drink your champagne! This bottle was stored both upright and horizontally in cellar temperatures, resulting in at least a 60% loss in carbonation as well as an over-concentration of acidity. There’s also a noticeable staleness that kicks in the from the late mids to the finish. Although still drinkable, if you still have a bottle of this lying around, best drink it asap. I still dig the Imperial [A-] though.