A Notable Year
2008 is one of the best vintages in recent history. In order to celebrate this special year, we have put together four of our favorite '08 Cuvées! These four bottles represent a fantastic cross-section of what Champagne has to offer from different varietals to production strategies.
Didier-Ducos Fils Cuvée Millésime 2008
The color is fresh with a light gold appearance. Floral notes, followed by notes of fresh bread, pear, and herbs. Lively and alert, balanced with a sense of light creaminess. The finish is long, ending with a mineral sensation. This Champagne captures the essence of the 2008 vintage in a classic form. Pair with fresh seafood, selfish, or a nice salty parmesan.
Hervieux Dumez Special Club Millésime 2008
The first thing you notice is the near brilliant color reflecting straw and streaks of green. As Bryan brought the glass to his nose he remarked "it smells like Champagne!" Funny, we know, but it isn't always that way. Aromas of chalk, citrus, apple skin and cherry stone fill the senses. On the palate the flavors are full and rich with the addition of ripe yellow apple and hazelnut, highlighted by a creamy texture. The finish is bright with acidity, so fresh and so clean.
Xavier Leconte 2 Terroirs Rose 2008
This saignée rosé is the product of rigorous selection from two parcels of Pinot Meunier from the family vineyards. The rich and vinous nature of the wine, first noted on the attack, remains on the palate throughout the long, powerful and aromatic finish. This is a Champagne that will delight lovers of fine red wines.
Hervy-Quanardel L'Authentique 2008 Extra Brut Grand Reserve
We have been awaiting this special cuvée from Jerome and Valarie Quenardel for years. 100% from the excellent 2008 vintage and 100% Grand Cru grapes from Verzenay. It is an even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both aged in neutral oak barrels for a year, then blended and aged in the bottle an additional six years! With much richness coming from the vintage, vineyard, grapes, and oak, the wine was finished very dry and it is perfectly balanced. It is a wine that will age for 10 more years, but it is also tasting so good right now. Gently cooked Halibut in butter served over rice and spinach sounds most delicious with this very special Champagne.