Vintage Champagne is truly the pinnacle of Champagne. One winemaker. One Maison. One expression. One year. If you want to truly understand what the essence of a Champagne is and the critical role climate plays, then start with a vintage.
Coming in at just £60 per bottle, our Vintage Tasting case includes six select vintages from 2008-2015. It's the most comprehensive and cost-effective way to experience the world of vintage, Artisan Champagne.
1) Pierre Legras Idee de Voyage 2008
The Vintage: 2008 – A very cold winter and spring, with some frosts, gave way to a warm May. The harvest was settled and showed fabulous grapes. Moderate yields and good concentration and fruit. Acidity levels are high. A great vintage and one that will live on for decades due to the acidity.
The Champagne: Marcelline and Vincent have brilliantly captured all the excitement and brilliance of this incredible vintage. Pure Chardonnay from the vineyards of Chouilly, part fermented in oak. The wine is tense, rich and holds brilliantly. This wine is stunning now but will age beautifully.
2) Caillez Lemaire Jadis 2009
The vintage: 2009 – A dry winter led to showers in spring. Storms in July were unique as the rest of summer was dry and warm. Harvest was dry. Good maturity. The wines showed low acidity.
The Champagne: Virginie and Laurent give so much warmth and richness to this vintage. The wine, a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier vinified in oak,
creates a wonderfully persistent and elegant palate full of delicious texture.
3) Henriet-Bazin Marie Amelie 2012
The vintage: 2012 – A reasonable winter and then a brutal frost in April hitting nearly 40% of the vineyards. Very little sunshine during flowering and then very little rainfall through summer. Tiny yields with high sugar levels. Stunning wines that are good to great.
The Champagne: Marie-Noelle has captured all the brilliance of this magical vintage. Made from three vineyards with pure Chardonnay, this wine is all chalk and white flowers with a fabulously rich and generous palate. Incredible balance and beautiful acidity. Stunning!
4) Bertrand-Delespierre Origines Croisee 2013
The vintage: 2013 – A long, cold winter and mild spring meant flowering didn’t occur until quite late. Some hail hit in late July. A good level of heat during the summer saved things and produced a late harvest. Excellent Chardonnay.
The Champagne: Using vineyards in Chamery and Ecueil, Clemence and Adrien have brought together a wonderfully balanced wine using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, vinified in large oak barrels. The Chardonnay really sings creating a tense and complex wine that will happily marry with food.
5) Antoine Bouvet 2014
The vintage: 2014 – A mild to moderate winter went onto a mild April. The summer was cool and wet but eventually opened out to a dry harvest. There were plenty of grapes but the quality was variable at best.
The Champagne: Antoine’s last vintage alongside his grandfather. Despite challenging conditions he managed to capture all the playful, exotic notes you could possibly want, creating a beautifully perfumed and vinous experience.
6) Georges Remy Blanc de Noirs 2015
The vintage: 2015 – A cold winter gave way to variable weather throughout budding. The summer built up nicely with perfect weather conditions lining up for picking in September. The wines show fantastic structure although the level of acidity is indeed very low.
The Champagne: Georges has created something utterly magical with this, only his
second Champagne vintage. Brilliantly put together, complex, rich and intense. It’s perfectly balanced – beautifully perfumed and such a crisp and poised finish.