- Ao Yun
- Barons de Rothschild
- Bruno Paillard
- Cedric Bouchard
- Charles Heidsieck
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- Cos d'Estournel
- Dhondt Grellet
- Dom Perignon
- Dom Ruinart
- Domaines Ott
- Eric Rodez
- Fleur De Miraval
- Hambledon Vineyard
- Henri Giraud
- Jacques Selosse
- La Rioja Alta
- Leclerc Briant
- Louis Jadot
- Louis Roederer
- Marchesi Antinori
- Moet & Chandon
- Nicolas Maillart
- Palmer & Co
- Pierre Gimonnet et Fils
- Pol Roger
- Ulysse Collin
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- Wiston Estate
- Yann Alexandre
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Vintage vs Prestige Cuvee Collection
This is an opportunity to compare vintage champagne and their prestige cuvee counterpart. Taste ten superb champagnes 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.
A Prestige Cuvée, or tête de cuvée is the very best Champagne a house produces and symbolises the ultimate in luxury.
Vintage Champagnes are made using wine from a single year, or vintage. Not all growing years are declared vintages and not all houses make the same vintage. Aged for a minimum of 3 years prior to release - although this is realistically somewhere between 4 and 10 years - different vintages have significantly different characteristics and are accordingly sought after.
Included in this collection:
Bollinger La Grande Année 2012 75cl: In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status, because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. Initial scents of almonds and fleshy fruits such as mango combine with citrus notes and grapefruit. On the palate, the citrus notes continue and lead the way for honeyed flavours and a long lasting refreshing finish.
Bollinger R.D. 2004 75cl: Madame Bollinger created the first vintage of this now legendary prestige cuvée in 1961 with the launch of R.D. 1952. An acronym for Recently Disgorged, Bollinger R.D. is the result of Madame Bollinger's great vision: an expert wine with aromas enhanced by its exceptionally long maturation in the Bollinger family cellars - more than three times longer than required. A pale gold with a stunning nose of pears, apples and hints of lemon. A wonderful freshness on the palate combines with caramel, honey and toasted brioche. A finely balanced acidity compliments a creamy mousse texture and right through to the finish there is underlying chocolate and hazelnut characters
Charles Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2012 75cl: After many years ageing in the unique and ancient Crayères acquired by its founder Charles Heidsieck, Brut Millésime reveals itself as a champagne poised between elegance and complexity, with a smooth texture and great length on the palate. An abundance of floral and fruity aromas. The palate has white peach, fresh apricot and a balanced saline character. A silky texture and mouthfeel with a gentle creaminess throughout.
Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 2004 75cl: Charles Heidsieck's prestige cuvée is a blend of pure Chardonnay from just five different Crus: Avize for verve and minerality; Cramant for complexity and ageability. A light golden colour with initial rich apple notes on the nose. The palate is light and delicate with caramel and hints of spice. The texture is rich with a chalky mouthfeel. Plenty of orchard fruits and plum. Pineapple hints right through to a long lingering finish. Stunning.
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012 75cl: Fascinated by the aromatic diversity of Pinot Noir in Champagne, Louis Roederer use the structure and power of the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims to create their Brut Vintage blend. A ravishing bouquet on the nose which is generous and deep, ruled by the red fruits that dominate the blend. Orchard fruits on the palate combine with soft, mineral qualities. With age, this vintage is certain to develop and increase in structure.
Louis Roederer Cristal 2012 75cl: Cristal is produced only from the truly great vintages in which the ripeness of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes can provide the subtle and precise balance that is now the distinction of this cuvée. This is the first Cristal that has had 10 years lees ageing, previous vintages have experienced 5-7 years. So light on the palate but has such richness. This has so much power and has loads of elements: tropical fruits, subtlety, elegance and lightness of touch. I would have difficulty picking this over 2002 or indeed 1988! Stunning. This has really benefited from the extra lees ageing of 10 years.
Piper-Heidsieck 2012 75cl: Piper-Heidsieck Vintage is not a predefined recipe, each vintage and each blend is unique, as Régis Camus says "This freedom reflects the exceptional" The blends are selected from upwards of 18 different Premier and Grand Crus. 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.
Rare 2006 75cl: From the release of 2006 the champagne is being re-branded from Piper-Heidsieck Rare to just Rare for both Rose and Blanc. In the summer of 1976, an unprecedented heatwave struck France, the likes of which the Champagne region had never experienced before. Piper-Heidsieck's winemaking team began to wonder: could it be possible to create a cuvée given the remarkable conditions? Taming the natural forces was no easy task and when assemblage was complete and the final blend bottled, the team were so proud of the final product, they called it Rare.
Pol Roger Vintage 2009 75cl: Pol Roger Brut Vintage is produced in limited quantities using the traditional House blend from twenty Grand and Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. A deep pale lemon colour with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is youthful with candied lemon and grapefuit. On the alate a creamy autolytic mouth feels with a refreshing backbone of acidty. Throughout the mid palate until the end has the underlying Pol characteristics but with a youthfulness. It is more accessible compared to 2008
Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2009 75cl: The grapes are all from Grand Cru vineyards which were under vine during Churchill's lifetime. A vivid golden colour with the fine stream of bubbles classic to the Churchill style. A slightly held back nose but the flavours on the palate a full of hazelnuts and almonds with an abundance of fresh fruits, citrus and balanced acidity combine to create a well rounded champagne with a great length at the finish.
Vintage vs Prestige Cuvee collection includes ten 75cl bottles as described.