The great Champagne of 2008: horizontal on one of the biggest vintages ever in Champagne
If you're curious about the 2008 vintage in Champagne go ahead and read.
It is always a shadow of doubt of one of the most beautiful vintages of all time, to be placed close to 1996 and 1988 in my humble opinion.
Last night's tasting amply demonstrates this.
Let's start with the climatic trend which has been a succession of cool and slightly warmer months, few rains but with a predominance of gray and fresh sky.
Enough to arrive in mid-September and fear for a perfect ripening of the grapes. Then September put things in place with a sun that allowed them to reach perfect phenolic ripening. Without doubt an ideal vintage for those producers who are looking for freshness and tension in their wines.
A late harvest and for many even a very long harvest. For example, Dom Perignon has gone from the usual two weeks to four weeks.
But let's get to the tasting and the impressions I had.
Philipponnat Roya Reserve Cuvee 244 deg 2012 2008 Cuvee Moon
65% Pinot Nero , 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier
2008 harvest 75% with 1/4 of reserve wines
The champagne more complicated to interpret than the evening in my opinion.
Discordant nose and mouth, a beautiful maturity and generosity, it almost gave the nose the idea of being "too far ahead" in the mouth but then it amazes you with a beautiful freshness and agility.
To try again and understand better.
Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2008 Magnum
45% Pinot Nero , 50% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier
And what do you have to tell him to a champagne like this? It is born and produced to be bottled elegance. Objective achieved in a vintage where it plays easy with all that freshness and ease of drinking.
Perhaps you expect something more in the mouth in terms of thrust and opulence, but it is young and will be done with months in the bottle.
Promises very well.
Telmont Brut Nature Cuvee LD 2008
The real surprise of the evening, don't expect it. It amazes you and kidnaps you with a nose that looks like a flowery field.
Beautiful, elegant, with an olfactory spectrum from the very first of the class.
In the mouth it amazes you for the length and flavors of licorice and mint.
Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 2008
50% Pinot Nero , 50% Chardonnay
Perfect, round, balanced, easy to drink.
Juicy but never tiring, excellent flavor and a balance that you don't expect as a young person.
He lacks something of genius, but damn how good he is!
A 1996, but with more body and fat.
Roederer Cristal 2008
58% Pinot Nero , 42% Chardonnay
In my opinion the best Cristal ever when you drink it from a very young age, then we'll see if it will even pass 1988 or 1996.
Grumpy, still unbalanced, but class to sell.
Unattainable for both flavor and olfactory and gustatory complexity. Aristocratic.
It is the champagne for crazy enthusiasts like me, who as a young man want him so unapproachable and all about hardness.
In a few years we'll do somersaults and put it up there in the Olympus of the best champagne ever.__
De Sousa Cuvee des Caudelies 2008
The champagne of the evening and to overcome Cristal all we needed was a miracle.
Crazy, out of every paradigm, pure, sublime.
Vinification in oak barrels of 225l and feels, but it never covers a floral nose and all played on elegance.
In the mouth it is a chardonnay with great structure, scratchy, but wide, generous but sharp, big but tasty.
It brings together everything you could want from a champagne.
It is a krug style champagne, but only with chardonnay.
No filtration, only natural easts.
Unforgettable forever in my heart.