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) Demière Vintage 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: 100% Meunier, 4g/ltr. A supremely toasty experience with a palate full of white fruits and a pleasant, rich stewed fruit note. Big mouth feel and a persistent finish. The wine attacks in beautiful way showing a fabulous freshness.
3) Pertois Lebrun Derriere Le Mont Aigu No. 12
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: 100% Chardonnay, 2g/ltr. Made from a tiny single vineyard by which it is named. Exquisitely layered wine. Clean, crisp and pure front end. The palate delivers loads of wonderfully exotic flavours. Aniseed. The finish is fleshy, lateral and long. A delightful wine.
4) Vincent Charlot Elia 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: We love this wine from Vincent. Pure Chardonnay. It is all fresh green apple with a wonderful play of salt and sweet on the mid palate. The way it embraces the bitter is amazing. Super texture and fantastic length!
5) Brocard Pierre L'egarée 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: 50/50 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, 0g/ltr. Super inviting nose. So much going on. Raw honey leading to a beautifully rich and generous palate. The wine shows incredible balance and insane length. This is so good.
6) Richard Royer Cuveé Melle Jeanne 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: Richard created a remarkably finessed wine with this 60/40 Pinot Noir/ Chardonnay, 9g/ltr. Partial oak fermentation has given this wine a fabulous structure playing on the orange fruits interlaced with some floral notes. The wine shows remarkable finesse and length.