Finest Bubbles champagne range tasting 13th Jun Fedrick's, Islington London Glass: kind of universal whatever wine glass. Worse than last year. Taittinger vintage 2012 First wine of the eve. Sweet, easy, almost like sparkling juice. Drinkable Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2007 Shy on the nose, surprisingly empty on mid-palate. I don't have hundreds of Comtes experience and this one easily be the least impressive. Louis Roederer NV (2013 base) Smell weird. Tasted bitter. Maybe corked? Anything after this wine is a pain. I ran to change glass after 3-4 wines. Louis Roederer vintage 2009 Slightly better but strangely powdery on palate. Totally different thing from the Fortnum and Mason vintage 2009 I had. Louis Roederer rose 2012 Got the 2012 sweetness but also having the young rose powdery-ness. It's alright to drink but not a superb showing. Palmer & co Blanc d B NV magnum (but actually 2005 vinatge. Named as NV to avoid vintage champagne regulation?) Smell alright, said to be 11 years on the lees (!). Palate was not that impressive though. Tasted like 2005. Palmer & co Blanc d Noirs NV At first it tasted alright but not great, then feeling a bit disjointed. Bollinger NV bottle Can't even finish the tasting pour. Gone to spit tin (and apparently annoyed the Bolly representative). Bollinger NV magnum (2013 base) Totally different wine. Miles way better than bottle. Bollinger La Grand Annee 2007 Structure is fine but the body is strangely slim. Bollinger RD 2004 Either very young or not much substances in it, like some recently released 2004 (including Krug) Didn't bother to go for their rose 2007. Piper Heidsieck rare 2002 The most closed showing I had with this wine, DIAM cork or not. Pol Roger NV Also very different from all the Pol NV I had before, in a bad way. Pol Roger vintage 2009 I was actually surprised that it's quite drinkable. But I had extremely low expectation on Pol vintage. Lanson Extra Age BdB (2005, 2006, 2007 vintage) Unpleasant. I am not a big fan of non-melo or say straight, Lanson, but this one is not just style problem. The palate was put together in a rather strange way. Lanson Extra Age (maybe 2013 ahead?) Make more sense than BdB Lanson Noble Cuvee 2002 This wine impressed me last year. This year it's still showing good. 6g/l dosage but taste quite sweet! Due to glass problem I think, wine died out in 3 mins in the glass but the first showing was pretty decent. Moet vintage 2009 Not too bad. A tad of heavy in the end of palate. Dom Perignon 2009 It's quite similar to what we have tasted. So probably it's not all glass' problem... maybe the wine tasting bad was really bad. Charles Heidsieck NV 2010 base Weird. Didn't smell like CH and didn't taste much at all. Avoid. Charles Heidsieck NV 2008 base Two floors better than previous one. I am glad that I still got a couple of it. Charles Heidsieck NV BdB 2012 base I was quite looking forward to it. It doesn't taste bad, but for £75 per bottle.... Charles Heidsieck rose 2005 For how I like it's rose 1999, and how I like it's blanc 2005, it's a real disappointment. Charles Heidsieck brut 1981 We were rescued, even redeemed by this wine from a rather dreadful tasting event. No doubt wine of the night, and maybe for me wine of 2018 til now. It shows that if a wine is good, it can overcome whatever circumstances (moon?) The problem is that we only got a sip. Charles Heidsieck brut 1983 A shadow of 1981. Much less bubbles even. Some people detected TCA. I felt it has had a great past but it's pretty much gone in my glass. The representative insisted that it's because it has been opened for 2 hours (well a good wine should only get better) and it was a normal show of 1983, which actually made me lost interest buying it at all. If he has admited that it's a bad bottle, I would really want to buy one to taste. --------------------- In sum, wine was mostly not great if not awful. Probably it's not a fair show for many of them but at least before I have chance to taste those wine again, I don't think I will risk spending money on them. Saying that, I actually had a great evening with my fellows, a very relaxing and fun night out!