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(2018) A new cuvée about to hit the market, so not in UK retailers at time of review. Vanilla and toast on the nose, a balanced, linear palate, lightly honeyed with a candied orange peel aroma.  Again, the reserve wines add an extra, savoury depth to the ensemble.  A great new cuvée! Drink 2019-2024.
(2018) Nicolas Jaegar’s second vintage, and what a monster: Upon release, a wine of remarkable precision, dazzling pear-like fruit with thundering acidity on the palate.  This has already mellowed in the last year or so, the pear aromas giving way to something creamier, but still firmly in its 'fruit' phase.  Waiting for the nutty aromas, but what a scintillating wine!  Currently at 93/100, this will drink from 2020 through to 2030, and should hit 95/100.  A real bargain though not yet in stock in the UK at time of writing.
(2018) Based upon the 2013 vintage (Usually 1-2 years older in magnum), this release feels a bit more constricted than normal, and will need a bit of time to reveal its potential.   At the moment, enjoy the zesty grapefruit palate and toasty reserve wine complexity. Leave some bottles in your cellar for a year or two to gain that extra roundness and realise the 91/100 potential, drink 2019-2025.
(2018) A wine that is drinking well out of the gate: lush fruit leaning towards the tropical, supported by a baseline of buttery richness. An easy-going Champagne to be enjoyed in the medium term, and although a rated lower than the 2008 overall, a solid effort none-the-less, and still a bargain.  Currently scoring 92/100, with a little a bit of upside potential.  Drink from 2018 until 2024.
(2018) From a single vineyard of 45-year-old Chardonnay vines in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, this is Brut but with a low dosage of 6g/l. It's a fine and refined Champagne, made in stainless steel tanks before it's second fermentation, with a pale colour and fine bead of mousse. Gently bready on the nose, with a herby tang, the palate is pristine with creamy but dry and pure cut apple and pear flavours, a zesty lemon freshness and really good length. Not showy, but very classy.
(2018) Blended from 35% old vines Pinot Noir from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (parcels: Faubourg D'enfer, Croix Blanche, Pruche), 20% Pinot Noir from Aÿ (parcels: Cheuzelles, Pierre Robert, Le Leon), 25% old vines Chardonnay from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. (parcels: Beauregard, Ramonette, Buisson Saint Loup) and 20% Chardonnay from Oiry and Chouilly. Fermented in stainless steel from the coeur de cuvée, with a dosage of 6.5 g/l.  The 2012 has certainly moved on in the last 12 months, the nose retaining plenty of dense fruit, the palate has also gained weight.  An attractive peachiness is now in emergence but it is a baby, best drunk 2022-2028 when it has the potential to score 94/100.
(2018) One of the most delicious grower Champagnes I've had recently, this blend of wines from 2012 and 2011 is, quite unusually, dominated by 50% Pinot Meunier, along with 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. The modest dosage of 8g/l gives enough crowd-pleasing softness, while it retains plenty of agility and vigour. Forward, fruity and welcoming on the nose there's a basket of peaches and pears, and background nuttiness. It fills the mouth with buoyant, joyful fruit, walking a lovely line between easy-going drinkability and a bit of real precision.
(2017) Taittinger's 2008 is a great wine, there's no doubt about that. With its pale yellow colour and streaming, minuscule bubbles, the initial aromas are of citrus and salts, with a touch of pasty in the background, and an elegant hint of white flowers. In the mouth it is full of verve and vitality, loads of crisp lemony fruit, but that subtle biscuit and brioche is there, a lovely saline lick of acidity, tightening and extending the finish into an ultra-fine point. Drinking very well, it has finesse and concentrated power, and undoubtedly some serious cellaring potential for those who prefer their Champagnes to show more development.
(2017) A fascinating new wine from the rejuvenated Piper-Heidsieck, one of Champagne's hottest names right now. This is effectively a 2011 wine, though not released as a vintage Champagne: the information-packed back label reveals that 84% is from 2011, with 16% reserve wines, that it was bottled in 2012 and disgorged in June 2016. That extra 18 months or so of ageing beyond the regular Brut, plus much lower dosage (5g/l as opposed to 10g/l or so) makes the difference. And what a superb wine it is: a little depth to the colour, then a savoury and salty, instantly gastronomic set of aromas, linear white fruits, lots of nutty notes of development, but lovely clarity. In the mouth it combines a fairly magical marriage of creamy expansiveness, almond and ripe stone fruits, with a searing mineral and citrus core, the low dosage helping propel that saline, ozone-freshness of the finish. Terrific and well priced. This wine will mainly be in restaurants, but some high end retailers will also carry it.
(2017) What a beautiful Champagme from Marc Hébrart, a blend of old vine Pinot Noir (around 60%) and Chardonnay, the vines more than 40 years old. It has a richly toasty nose, plenty of depth and lightly earthy, terroir substance here, the crispness of the mousse giving fine initial attack on the palate. Everything comes sharply into focus here, an incisive, thrusting core of citrus and taut Asian pear, but that coolness balanced by real depth of creaminess and that powerful, much more broadly painted toast. A touch of salinity completes a very complex but utterly delicious Champagne.
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