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#33 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2019
96pts Wine Enthusiast
While still young, this Champagne has all the makings of greatness. Produced from grand cru vineyards, it already balances ripe white fruits with a firm structure that will age well. It’s relatively dry and has plenty of acidity, which will also aid in the longevity. Drink from 2022.
95pts James Suckling
This is a solid and very dense Champagne with a phenolic and rich texture. Layers of cooked apples and light lemon rind. Brioche and light pie-crust in the aftertaste. Fresh and relatively dry aftertaste.
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Brut Millésimé opens in the glass with lovely aromas of lemon oil, green apple, warm biscuits, iodine and mandarin. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, with an elegantly layered core, a fine, pinpoint mousse and racy balancing acids, concluding with a long and incipiently biscuity finish. This is a classy vintage Champagne that will develop beautiful complexity in the cellar.
93pts Wine Spectator
A finely knit Champagne, defined by well-cut acidity that frames notes of Asian pear, white cherry, slivered almond and fleur de sel. The mousse shows a lovely creamy viscosity. Hints of citrus and spice emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2028.
It was a long growing season in 2008, with nothing excessive or unusual, and it has engendered wines of complexity and impressive length. Disgorged in July 2018 with 8g of sugar, this is a wonderfully poised blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Generous of colour and with forward toasty aromas, the wine is thereafter softer, more refined and elegant, with grapefruit notes ceding to a bed of dried almonds and summer flowers. Michel maintains that the Chardonnay is in the ascendant at the moment but, with time, emerging biscuity and savoury elements will be down to the latent power of the Pinot Noir.
Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir