August 22nd 2017
Interest in Vintage Champagnes has never been stronger. It is no wonder, given the wines offer nuanced complexity and tremendous balance, with fantastic ageing ability. They capture, perhaps more than any other wine, the character of the year, reflecting the patterns of the seasons.
Unlike wine, or NV Champagne, Vintage Champagne is not released every year; the conditions have to be just right. Over the past ten years the vines have witnessed all manner of conditions, and the three vintages featured here all have their unique and compelling characters: 2006 & 2008 will probably go down in Champagne history as two of the finest in the 21st century; vibrant and intense styles. However, if you like everything that is decadent and luxurious, 2009 is for you. It is a gloriously creamy and opulent vintage, which is drinking beautifully right now.
We have chosen a selection of the top houses from these exciting vintages; Pol Roger, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger, and Louis Roederer. Kicking off at £44.33 per bottle, these well-crafted, affordable and hugely enjoyable Champagnes will set you up for the season.
Many of the wines are in limited supply, and this list is offered on a first come, first served basis.
2006: A very good vintage, outstanding in many vineyards. The wines are supple, expressive, fresh and balanced.
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 (*very limited)
Wine Advocate, 94 points: “pure and highly elegant, firmly structured, powerful and persistent Champagne”
£230.00/6 bts IB | £295.97/6 bts inc VAT | £49.33/bt
£260.00/3 mags IB | £331.97/6 bts inc VAT | £110.66/mag
2008: A vintage that is currently causing a sensation in the wine trade with each new release. Fabulously nervous and poised, with scintillating acidity giving this vintage its distinction, and potentially a very long life. The most exciting vintage since 2002.
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008
James Suckling, 93 points: “This has a very succulent, pulpy, bracing and crisp feel complemented by a super-refreshing finish. A great vintage for Moët”
£205.00/6 bts IB | £267.97/6 bts inc VAT | £44.33/bt
Taittinger Vintage 2008 (*very limited)
Antonio Galloni, 92 points: ” The intensity of the year has been tempered by lovely mid-palate depth and what feels like dosage that is on the higher end of the spectrum, which means Taittinger’s 2008 is more accessible now than many other 2008s”
£240.00/3 mags IB | £307.97/3 mags inc VAT | £102.66/mag
Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2008
Jancis Robinson, 18 points:
“All fired up on all cylinders with fireworks on the palate. Really exciting. Is this a worthy successor to the 2002?”
£276.00/6 bts IB | £351.17/6 bts inc VAT | £58.53/bt
Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2008 (*limited)
Jancis Robinson, 17.5 points: “Delightful already. Thoroughly satisfying”
Wine Advocate, 95 points: “Great elegance and finesse already on the perfectly brilliant and aromatic nose. This is a great Blanc de Blancs”
£310.00/6 bts IB | £391.97/6 inc VAT | £65.33/bt
2009: A warm summer and autumn have ensured a gorgeously generous style of Champagne, with ripe fruit flavours and softer acidities, making them hugely appealing in their youth. Everything that is decadent and luxurious you will find in the ’09s.
Louis Roederer Brut 2009 (*limited)
Jancis Robinson, 17.5 points: “Deep flavoured and exciting. With a great array of flavours. A really satisfying drink. Lots to enjoy”
£235.00/6 bts IB | £301.91 per 6 inc VAT | £50.33/bt
Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2009 (*very limited)
Antonio Galloni, 92 points: “Absolutely delicious. This is a soft, textured style of Blanc de Blancs that will drink well young”
Wine Advocate, 94 points: “The 2009 offers a mouthful of round, rich and very elegant, precisely defined Chardonnay that shows a lovely freshness and purity in the finish. The wine is silky, vinous and very long, and reveals an endless elegance”
£358.00/6 bts IB | £449.57/6 bts inc VAT | £74.93/bt