This week, we have a range of vintage champagnes on offer for our weekly Christmas promotion. Since we love drinking champagne from magnum (the evolution of the champagne slows in the larger format, adding complexity and keeping the champagne fresher for longer), we have both BOTTLES AND MAGNUMS of four vintage champagnes on offer, including the new Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012 and Taittinger Brut Vintage 2012.
If you’ve yet to experience the magic of magnums, be sure to try your favourite vintage champagne from the larger format and witness a real Christmas miracle this festive season!
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. Read our vintage guide for more information and ratings of the most recent vintages.
|Bollinger La Grande Année 2007
70% PN, 30% CH | Lees Ageing: 8 Years | Disgorged: June 2016 | Dosage: 7 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 2 Years
“Mid gold. Lots of acidity. Masses of energy and a bit more honey than some Bollingers. Apples and honey on the palate. Very fresh and even a lightly yeasty note on the palate. More refreshing than the Bolly stereotype. Maybe not that long but hugely flirtatious within the Bollinger idiom. This will definitely be an RD, I was told. Subtly mineral. Muscular.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17.5/20
|Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2012
70% PN, 30% CH | Lees Ageing: 4 Years | Dosage: 9 g/l
“Layered complexity of subdued toastiness over bright, fragrant fruitness. Light-weight yet intense, ripe fruity profile. Beautifully racy acidity on the linear, driven palate. Focused, creamy and long” – Essi Avellan MW 95/100
|Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2009
60% PN, 40% CH | Lees Ageing: 7 Years | Disgorged: October 2017 | Dosage: 7 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 1 Year
“Rich, creamy nose – super-seductive. Very different from the rigour of the 2008. Come on in, it says. Noticeably ripe and absolutely ready with relatively but not dangerously low acidity. A throat-soother with good undertow and medium body. Neat and friendly.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17/20
|Taittinger Brut Vintage 2012
50% PN, 50% CH | Lees Ageing: 4 Years | Disgorged: 2017 | Dosage: 9 g/l | Post-Disgorgement Ageing: 1 Year
“Very pale lemon and an urgent mousse with a very fine bead. Cool, lime sherbet nose. Lots of energy here. This tastes as though it either has less dosage or more acidity than some recent vintages. Good depth of flavour. Already a pleasure to drink. Tight-knit and a hint of something floral. Very clean. Should develop further but there’s no absolute need to age it further.” – Jancis Robinson MW 17/20
11% off Piper-Heidsieck 2008, just £64.95
52% CH, 48% PN | Lees Ageing: 8 Years | Dosage: 9.5 g/l
“Rich with noteworthy complexity and lovely red apple and ripe lemon fruit. Nice toastiness to the palate overlaid with nuts and brioche.” – Decanter 93/100