Nose: Aromatic and rich with notes of brioche, creamy vanilla, racy, peppy red fruit and fresh floral notes.
Palate: Silky and very thick, with notes of toasted brioche with butter and apricot jam. Spiced and warming.
Like Elvis to pink Cadillacs, America's formerly poor are often attracted to bright shiny objects, as Jay-Z apparently is to this gauche presentation of a decent champagne. I'm glad for his success, but I wouldn't take his tastes in this any more seriously than I would Janis Joplin's predilection for Southern Comfort. It's still Southern Comfort, after all, and this is one butt-ugly bottle and box. What's inside has equals, even betters--and all with less garish marketing.
29th June 2013