(John Gilman - 91) I really like the new release of Champagne Lombard's Blanc de Blancs from Mesnil-surOger, but this is still a young wine and will need some time in the cellar to blossom from behind its sturdy structural elements. This is from the base year of 2011 and is a very strong example of this more difficult year. The bouquet is deep and youthful, offering up scents of apple, wheat toast, plenty of smokiness, chalky soil tones and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with frothy mousse, brisk acids and fine length and grip on the youthful and lemony finish. Without any buffering dosage, this wine is still quite brisk and could do with some cellaring to soften up a bit more. But, it will be excellent when it has blossomed and probably merit a higher score. 2019-2030+.