Single Evening Tasting, London: Top 2008 Champagnes
24 September @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
2008 Champagne: The Luxury Cuvées.
2012 Roederer Brut
2008 Roederer Brut
2008 Delamotte Blanc de Blancs
2008 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons Blanc de Blancs
2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
2008 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
2008 Bollinger La Grande Année
2008 Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon
2008 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
2008 Roederer Cristal
10 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 today.
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.
As usual we will taste the wines in pairs. Firstly we will get a glimpse of how 2008 and 2012 compare, by tasting the 2008 Louis Roederer Brut (outstanding in the first 2008 tasting last year) next to 2012 Louis Roederer Brut, as well as setting something of a benchmark by having a pair of the ‘non-Luxury Cuvées’ to start with. The Delamotte Blanc de Blancs is characteristically fine and, at more than twice the price, the 2008 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons is one of the region’s outstanding Grand Cru Chardonnays from Le Mesnil. 2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame is particularly unusual in this year, almost a Blanc de Noirs ….with 92% of Pinot Noir, and it will be interesting to have just after the two Blanc de Blancs, with Belle-Epoque a regular delight (witness the 2002 at last year’s Christmas Treat). The just released Bollinger Grande Année has received rave reviews, and Dom Pérignon rarely disappoints both of this pair with a preponderance of Pinot Noir, but in very different styles. Pol Roger never divulge the precise grape blend of its Sir Winston Churchill, other than to say it is always Pinot Noir dominant, whilst the Cristal, another 2008 ‘rave reviews’, is a more typical Luxury Cuvée 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. As with the first of these two tastings, it promises to be an exceptional occasion.
The wines range in retail cost from around £50 to £200 per bottle.