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Vintage 2008 Collection

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Private Tasting Experience
This is an opportunity to taste six different vintage 2008's at your house or at a location of your choosing with an option to be tutored through the tasting. Nick our founder presents most of these tastings.

Initially a difficult, damp year with widespread mildew; drier conditions in August and a fine, warm September proved many producers’ saving grace. Classically-styled wines with fresh acidity balanced by sound ripeness achieved by a long and slow ripening. Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008 shows the prowess of this harvest. The next outstanding vintage to follow 2002 and 1996 - incredible!

Included in this collection:
Bruno Paillard: After eight years ageing on the lees and twelve months post-disgorgement, this is a champagne to watch for the future. A bright yellow golden hue with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is very generous with aromas of cherries and hints of red fruits and citrus. The mid-palate develops to continue the red fruit and citrus theme with an abundance of wild strawberries and lemon leading to a long-lasting finish.

Palmer & Co: Consisting exclusively of Grand and Premier Crus from the Montagne de Reims area. A bright yellow colour with aromas of ripe citrus and peaches. There is an underlying nuttiness that is evident on the palate. A vibrant and acidic mouth-feel is balanced with ripe fruits and a slightly creamy texture. The layers of complexity last throughout the long lingering finish. A great example of this fantastic vintage.

Piper-Heidsieck: The blends are selected from upwards of 18 different Premier and Grand Crus. Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims give the structure and the Chardonnay from la Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims expresses the elegance and charm of the vintage. A lush golden hue with a fine bead of bubbles. Initially delicate notes on the palate give way to a ripe fruit freshness. Citrus and plums right through to the long finish.

Pol Roger: Aged in Pol Roger's cellars, thirty-three metres below ground level at temperatures of just 9°C, some 2-3°C cooler than the cellars of other producers. On the nose, this vintage is focused with hints of spice. On the palate, slight toasted notes give way to a rounded depth of delicious fruits with perfect acidity. A long finish of apples and a lovely creamy texture. From a vintage that has been compared to the exceptional 2002, given time this will be even more rewarding.

Taittinger: A blend of juice exclusively from the first pressing of the grapes and is aged for four years in the cellars, allowing the aromas to mature slowly and the length and complexity of the wine to develop. On the nose yeasty bread aromas combine with an abundance of ripe fruits. The palate is full of lemon and mandarin hints with a this freshness that continues throughout to the finish, lingering long with complex flavours.

Vazart Coquart Special Club: Aged for 6-7 years on cork (rather than crown cap). Production of Blanc de Blancs Special Club is limited to just 20,000 bottles per year. As one of the most senior members of the famous 'Club Trésors' (Special Cub) A champagne with delicate flavours of citrus fruits that combine with a smooth mousse texture to produce a rounded mid-palate. The finish is lingering and long. From such an incredible vintage, this 2008 will be certain to reward in the future but due to the elegance of the harvest is already a very bold champagne.

Vintage 2008 Collection includes six 75cl bottles as described.
Expert Reviews
Jancis Robinson MW
“Palmer & Co 2008: Very light nose and bone dry and racy. Quite an elegant style. Good balance and just about ready.”
Stephen Reinhardt
“Bruno Paillard 2008: Bruno Paillard's citrus-colored 2008 Brut Assemblage Millésimé is a lean and lively, mineral palate-cleanser. It's a love-me-or-leave me cuvée comprised of 42% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, selected from ten of the best terroirs the company is cultivating. During seven years in the winery, this intense and chalky, energetically fresh and silky textured Champagne has developed a gorgeous mix of white, red and yellow fruits that are quite prominent at the moment. There are lemon and grapefruit notes, as well as marzipan, floral and chalky mineral flavors. Disgorged in 2015 with five grams of dosage and equipped with a beautiful label from the Korean artist Bang Hai Ja, the 2008 is still a bit yeasty and reductive on the nose, and austerely dry on the palate. But it is still full of drive and energy. This is Champagne for wine freaks or thirsty throats. It will gain complexity over the next decade.”
Essi Avellan MW
“Taittinger 2008: This wine has all the elements of greatness with the lead role given to its racy elegance. So linear and beautifully vibrant on the finely focused, long and lean palate. Plenty of stylish restraint but the wine is starting to show more toastiness alongside the cool mineral characters and citric and floral fruit profile. Still a sleeping beauty but about to wake up.””
Jancis Robinson MW
“Vazart-Coquart: Aged only under cork. Very pale, with green notes and some real interest on the nose. Very appetising. Quite youthful with some yeasty notes. Really interesting.”
Jancis Robinson MW
“Fresh fruity, bright and pristinely clean nose. Very youthful and vibrant, somewhat closed still. Fresh and zesty, with nervy tension and stylish salty-spicy minerality. Intense despite lightness and freshness. Perfectly balanced with cool restraint promising long life. Such a classy, vibrant vintage.”
Jancis Robinson MW
“Pol Roger: Lots here. All fired up on all cylinders with fireworks on the palate. Not the driest, but very substantial with minerals and stones dominating. Great zest and length.”
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