92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2001
($80) Very fine mousse. Utterly distinctive, pungent nose melds ginger, mace, rose oil and pink peppercorn. Concentrated, dense and oily-rich; thick with extract but given shape by strong acidity. Lovely spicy ripeness. Very long finish is smooth but also impressively tactile.
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