Single Evening Tasting, London: Top 2008 Champagnes 2
30 October @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
NV Roederer Brut Premier
2012 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs
2008 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs
2008 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons Blanc de Blancs
2008 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage
2008 Moët & Chandon Dom Pérignon
2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
2008 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
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.
As with the first of this pair of tastings, we will begin with a ‘Non-Vintage’ wine as a comparative benchmark, the excellent Roederer Brut Premier. There is something of a ‘black’ and ‘white’ contrast on this occasion: to start with we will be looking at three fine pure Chardonnay wines, the 2008 Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs (a star of the March 2017 tasting), alongside its 2012, where we will get another glimpse of how these two great vintages compare, followed by the 2008 Pierre Peters Les Chétillons, one of the region’s outstanding Grand Cru Chardonnays from Le Mesnil. Then we will move from Blanc de Blancs to Pinot dominated. Both the Moët 2008 Grand Vintage and the 2008 Dom Pérignon have a preponderance of Pinot, pure Pinot Noir in the latter case. Pol Roger never divulge the precise grape blend of its Sir Winston Churchill, other than to say it is always Pinot Noir dominant, and the 2008 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame is particularly unusual in this year, almost a Blanc de Noirs ….with 92% of Pinot Noir! As with the first of these two tastings, it promises to be an exceptional occasion.
The wines range in retail cost from around £40 to £200 per bottle.