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Rare Champagne Millésime 2008

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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.

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 spring

WEATHER: UNPREDICTABLE
Following 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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NEXT WORKING DAY DELIVERY

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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.

More Information
Grape type Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Country/Region France/Champagne
Goes well with Aperitif (on its own), Lamb, Lobster
Critics Review 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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