Robert Parker 93
A blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that was disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Millesime is showing nicely today, unwinding in the glass with aromas of green apple, pear, orange oil, spices and fresh bread. Medium to full-bodied, bright and precise, with tangy acids and a pillowy mousse, it concludes with a penetrating finish. This is aging very gracefully.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2038
The 2008 Brut Millésimé is a gorgeous wine that expresses all of the pedigree of the vintage beautifully. Complex and nuanced, with tons of class, the 2008 has so much to offer. Dried pear, mint, chamomile, crushed rock, dried flowers and pastry overtones are all laced together in this finely-knit, resonant Champagne. At $75.00 a bottle, Laurent-Perrier’s Brut Millésimé is one the best widely available vintage Champagne readers find from this historic harvest.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2030
Very high acidity, pH under 3 in some cases. 50/50 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. Dosage 8 g/l – not higher because Chef de Cave Michel Fauconnet didn’t want to hide the character of the vintage. ‘1988 was also very austere.’ Disgorged June 2018. Greenish gold. Very fine bead. Attractive mixture of ripeness and smokiness on the nose. Extremely different from the easy 2007. Fauconnet thinks this tastes as though it’s all Chardonnay because of the austerity of the vintage. I wouldn’t actually describe it as austere. Fine-boned, rather, with lots of fruit. Tense but fine with lots to chew on. Much richer than the Blanc de Blancs.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2028