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.

JM Goulard L'Epanouie 2008

Made with 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier, all from the highly regarded 2008 vintage, this Champagne is complex and full of character, with aromas of plum and chestnut.