Single Evening Tasting, London: Top 2008 Champagnes 1
24 September @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
2008 Champagne: A Second Look, with the Luxury Cuvées. 1
NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (2008 Base)
2008 Piper Heidsieck Brut
2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
2008 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
2008 Bollinger La Grande Année
2012 Roederer Brut
2008 Roederer Brut
2008 Roederer Cristal
8 Wines, cheeses and canapés …… £149.00
By some way the best Champagne year between 2002 and (we are told) 2012. And now that most of the top ‘Luxury’ Cuvées have been released, these are what we will enjoy over these two new tastings.
At first glance, the weather pattern in 2008 does not suggest a great vintage, the early part of the year was very mixed. But sufficient heat in July, a relatively cool, dry August, and a perfect dry, sunny September with cold nights and fresh winds, along with ideal harvest conditions, made for wines that are intense in flavour, beautifully defined and prolonged by their vital acidity, and with an exceptionally fine mousse texture. Those of you who came to the first tasting of this vintage, in March 2017, will remember how lovely the wines were, pretty much across the board.
We will begin each of the two tastings with a ‘Non-Vintage’ wine as a comparative benchmark, and the Charles Heidsieck, with 60% 2008 fruit, plus seven years on the lees, continues to be exceptional. The Piper Heidsieck has recently won a slew of gold medals, the Delamotte Blanc de Blancs is characteristically fine, Belle-Epoque is a regular delight (witness the 2002 at last year’s Christmas Treat), and the just released Bollinger Grande Année has received rave reviews, as has the 2008 Cristal. Finally we will get a glimpse of how 2008 and 2012 compare, by tasting the 2008 Louis Roederer Brut (outstanding in the first tasting) next to 2012 Louis Roederer Brut.
The wines range in retail cost from around £50 to £200 per bottle.