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Agrapart L'Avizoise Extra Brut Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,042.98
2008

Agrapart L'Avizoise Extra Brut Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

Tension, energy and cut are the signatures of Agrapart's 2008 L'Avizoise. Expressive floral notes appear over time, giving the 2008 an attractive upper register of pure nuance. Here it is the wine's overall polish that impresses most. Like all of the 2008s, the Avizoise is surprisingly open and expressive for a young Agrapart Champagne. The Avizoise emerges from 50 year-old vines in Les Robarts and La Voie d’Epernay. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged March 2013.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,042.98
Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Grand Cru 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £708.18
2014

Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Grand Cru 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Minéral is a powerful, intense Champagne that captures all of the natural power of these old vines in Avize and Cramant. Aptly named, the Minéral is infused with tremendous mineral and soil inflections that give a real feeling of gravitas. Crushed rocks, slate, chalk and citrus accents are some of the many nuances that emerge with a bit of time in the glass. This release is fabulous. It is also a reticent wine, though, so at least a year or two in bottle will help soften. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged: April, 2020.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 94 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £708.18
Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,273.38
2008

Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94+)

The 2008 Blanc de Blancs Vénus, the most vibrant and nuanced of the 2008s at Agrapart, is endowed with a real sense of vertical cut. White flowers, chamomile, almonds and white orchard fruit open up in the glass, but only with reluctance, as the wine remains tense and tightly wound. The perfumed, highly expressive finish is incredibly tempting, but readers who can wait another year or two will find the extra time in bottle rewarding. The Vénus is made from a single parcel in the La Fosse lieu-dit that is worked entirely manually and plowed by horse. Disgorged March 2013, non-dosé.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 94+ (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,273.38
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,116.18
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,116.18
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2014 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £717.78
2014

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine’s sizzling energy and tension, qualities that aren’t often associated with Bollinger, where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume. In 2014, readers will find a Grande Année built on linear intensity and drive. The 2014 is a blend taken from 19 villages, 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay instead of the more typical 70/30 mix. For the second time in two decades (the first was 2007), Verzenay takes the lead in the Pinots over Aÿ, more or less an inverse from the norm. Verzenay, a north-facing village in the Montagne de Reims that saw less rain than Aÿ and most of the Vallée de la Marne, yields Pinots of energy more than volume. That, married with Chardonnays mostly from the Côtes des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Vertus, Oiry and Cramant), results in a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out. Disgorged: April, 2021. Dosage: 8 grams per liter.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
8-10 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 10 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £717.78
Dom Perignon 2008 (3x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,820.58
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (3x150cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is a huge, powerful Champagne and also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. This is one of the most reticent bottles I have tasted. So much so that I am thinking about holding off opening any more bottles! The 2008 has always offered a striking interplay of fruit and structure. Today, the richness of the fruit is especially evident. Readers who own the 2008 should be thrilled, but patience is a must. (Originally published in May 2021)
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Champagne 3x150cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,820.58
Laurent Perrier Brut Millesime 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £380.58
2008

Laurent Perrier Brut Millesime 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

This is a solid and very dense Champagne with a phenolic and rich texture. Layers of cooked apples and light lemon rind. Brioche and light pie-crust in the aftertaste. Fresh and relatively dry aftertaste.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 2 95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £380.58
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,362.86
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 1x150cl 3 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,362.86
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,408.58
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
3 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,408.58
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Agrapart L'Avizoise Extra Brut Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £852.00
2008

Agrapart L'Avizoise Extra Brut Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

Tension, energy and cut are the signatures of Agrapart's 2008 L'Avizoise. Expressive floral notes appear over time, giving the 2008 an attractive upper register of pure nuance. Here it is the wine's overall polish that impresses most. Like all of the 2008s, the Avizoise is surprisingly open and expressive for a young Agrapart Champagne. The Avizoise emerges from 50 year-old vines in Les Robarts and La Voie d’Epernay. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged March 2013.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 1 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £852.00
Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Grand Cru 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £573.00
2014

Agrapart Mineral Extra Brut Grand Cru 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94)

The 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Minéral is a powerful, intense Champagne that captures all of the natural power of these old vines in Avize and Cramant. Aptly named, the Minéral is infused with tremendous mineral and soil inflections that give a real feeling of gravitas. Crushed rocks, slate, chalk and citrus accents are some of the many nuances that emerge with a bit of time in the glass. This release is fabulous. It is also a reticent wine, though, so at least a year or two in bottle will help soften. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged: April, 2020.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 94 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £573.00
Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,044.00
2008

Agrapart Venus Brut Nature Grand Cru 2008 (6x75cl)

Vinous (94+)

The 2008 Blanc de Blancs Vénus, the most vibrant and nuanced of the 2008s at Agrapart, is endowed with a real sense of vertical cut. White flowers, chamomile, almonds and white orchard fruit open up in the glass, but only with reluctance, as the wine remains tense and tightly wound. The perfumed, highly expressive finish is incredibly tempting, but readers who can wait another year or two will find the extra time in bottle rewarding. The Vénus is made from a single parcel in the La Fosse lieu-dit that is worked entirely manually and plowed by horse. Disgorged March 2013, non-dosé.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 1 94+ (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,044.00
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £913.00
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description In Bond: £913.00
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2014 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £581.00
2014

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2014 (6x75cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine’s sizzling energy and tension, qualities that aren’t often associated with Bollinger, where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume. In 2014, readers will find a Grande Année built on linear intensity and drive. The 2014 is a blend taken from 19 villages, 61% Pinot Noir and 39% Chardonnay instead of the more typical 70/30 mix. For the second time in two decades (the first was 2007), Verzenay takes the lead in the Pinots over Aÿ, more or less an inverse from the norm. Verzenay, a north-facing village in the Montagne de Reims that saw less rain than Aÿ and most of the Vallée de la Marne, yields Pinots of energy more than volume. That, married with Chardonnays mostly from the Côtes des Blancs (predominantly Chouilly, Vertus, Oiry and Cramant), results in a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out. Disgorged: April, 2021. Dosage: 8 grams per liter.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
8-10 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 10 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £581.00
Dom Perignon 2008 (3x150cl)
In Bond: £1,500.00
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (3x150cl)

Vinous (98)

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is a huge, powerful Champagne and also clearly one of the wines of the vintage. This is one of the most reticent bottles I have tasted. So much so that I am thinking about holding off opening any more bottles! The 2008 has always offered a striking interplay of fruit and structure. Today, the richness of the fruit is especially evident. Readers who own the 2008 should be thrilled, but patience is a must. (Originally published in May 2021)
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 3x150cl 1 98 (VN) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,500.00
Laurent Perrier Brut Millesime 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £300.00
2008

Laurent Perrier Brut Millesime 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

This is a solid and very dense Champagne with a phenolic and rich texture. Layers of cooked apples and light lemon rind. Brioche and light pie-crust in the aftertaste. Fresh and relatively dry aftertaste.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 2 95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £300.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)
In Bond: £1,130.00
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (1x150cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
4-5 weeks

Champagne 1x150cl 3 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,130.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,990.00
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (100)

The 2008 Cristal is a perfect wine, and Champagne simple does not get any better. This incredible wine offers a beautiful perfume of clean, crisp fruits, layers of complexity in its toasted spice and white flowers, and an utterly seamless, yet powerful style on the palate. This is a rich, decadent expression of Cristal yet it’s still crystalline and elegant, with no sensation of weight, and it just glides over the palate. Haut Couture at its finest and this majestic, profound, legendary Cristal can be drunk anytime over the coming 2-3 decades.
3 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,990.00

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