Vinous 87 points - 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.
Wine Spectator 93 points - A well-defined version, with fine balance and texture. This offers a smoky, minerally undertow to flavors of poached apple and pastry, kumquat, ground ginger and anise, alongside a hint of creme de cassis. Long and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2027. -AN
(Nov 30 2012)