Rare Champagne Millesime 2008 has just been awarded Champagne Trophy / Vintage Classic Blend Champagne Trophy (97 points) at the International Wine Challenge 2022!!Made only 11 times since 1976 (1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008), Rare Champagne lives up to its name. INFINITE True to the Rare Champagne signature, Rare Millésime 2008 holds unlimited potential for growth, youth and complexity. Rare Millésime 2008 imparts the fervour of an infinite spring.ON THE EYE: LIGHT GOLD In a subtle, joyful effervescence, the intense crystalline golden robe evokes yellow diamonds.ON THE NOSE: INFINITELY FLORAL AND MINERAL The initial nose shines by the pure vivacity of this vintage. As Rare Millésime 2008 gradually warms in the glass, a vast range of orange blossom, hyacinth and white flowers is released. This leads to the delicacy of vanilla blossoms, a touch of fresh coconut, aromas of just ripe Williams pear and fresh almond, enhanced by notes of tangerine and blackcurrant buds. The second nose reveals the saline minerality, abundant and refined, an iodine-smoky harmony and a touch of liquorice.ON THE PALATE: SPRINGLIKE AND PRECISE On the palate the crispy, precise attack is followed by exuberant aromas of fresh pineapple, freshly cut and crisp, passion fruit, kiwi and coconut, t, nuanced with tangy citrus notes. These combine with plush springlike flavours with unparalleled length. The finish, with remarkable saline and iodine notes, perpetuates the journey into an endless springWEATHER: UNPREDICTABLEFollowing a beginning of a year that was mild, dull and rainy, the beautiful summer coincided with a perfectly mature harvest, continuing through the first two magnificent weeks of September. 2008 is definitely an exceptional year in Champagne.FOOD PAIRING Oysters, ginger, lemon Lobster roasted in pieces, white Soisson beans, Tonka cream Lamb fillet with citrus crust, zucchini flower, candied eggplant and garden peas.AGEING POTENTIAL Astonishing until 2050 and then magnificent.AWARDS BEST WINE OF THE WORLD COMPETITION 2021 – Best Champagne Of The World GOLD - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship CLASSIC BLEND VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TROPHY - International Wine Challenge 2020 97 POINTS - Wine Spectator 96 POINTS / CELLAR SELECTION - Wine Enthusiast 2020
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Made only 11 times since 1976 (1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008), Rare Champagne lives up to its name. Champagne legend Régis Camus is the Chef de Cave, whose meticulous winemaking has made him Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the IWC eight times and in 2019 the CSWWC rewarded him of a Life Achievement award. The wine is born out of a struggle with nature – the 1976 vintage followed a period of exceptional drought and a terrible black frost preceded the 1985 vintage. Régis selects the vineyards based on their individual characteristics rather than the rank of Premiers and Grands Crus, making wines which are complex, distinguished and pure expressions of their vintages. Rare Champagne pays homage to the glory days of the royal court at Versailles when founder Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented his first ever ‘prestige cuvée’ to Marie Antoinette in 1785, declaring that he wanted to make a ‘cuvée worthy of a queen’. A century later a great tradition was founded when Russian Tsar Alexander III’s jeweller – a certain Pierre-Karl Fabergé – designed an opulent, bejewelled bottle for the house. The unique bottle shape is adorned with its distinctive gold casing, as a tribute to its glamorous beginnings.The current release, vintage 2008 (available since June 2021), has already been awarded Vintage Classic Blend Champagne Trophy by the International Wine Challenge 2020 and gold medal at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2020.
|Grape type||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Goes well with||Aperitif (on its own), Lamb, Lobster|
|Critics Review||Champagne Trophy / Vintage Classic Blend Champagne Trophy 97 points - "Ripe lemon, toasted nuts and brioche aromas. Complex, broad, powerful and weighty with smoky undertones. Opulent and rich, yet dry, with a long ageing potential." International Wine Challenge 2022 EST WINE OF THE WORLD COMPETITION 2021 – Best Champagne Of The World GOLD - Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championship CLASSIC BLEND VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE TROPHY - International Wine Challenge 2020 97 POINTS - Wine Spectator 96 POINTS / CELLAR SELECTION - Wine Enthusiast 2020|
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