Top Recommendations: 2008 Champagnes

2008 is (accordingly to Wine Advocate) officially the best ever vintage in Champagne history. Scoring 99 points as a vintage, 2008 is our number one investment recommendation because of its combination of exceptional wines and (still) reasonable pricing. Long-term investors should focus on this vintage above all others. These are our top recommendations for medium to long-term investment performance:

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,040.57
2008

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

James Suckling (98)

This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold.
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Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,040.57
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,149.78
2008

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

The 2008 La Grande Année is another brilliant 2008 that delivers the goods. Straight-up awesome notes of stone fruits, white flowers, honeysuckle, and an incredible, liquid rock-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it develops more nuance, spice, toasted bread, and an almost Alsatian Riesling-like petrol character over the course of the evening. It’s a full-bodied, rich, powerful Champagne, yet like the top 2008s, it has brilliant precision, purity, and focus. It’s unquestionably one of the finest versions of this cuvée ever produced, although it needs another 4-5 years of bottle age to hit prime time. It should keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,149.78
Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,340.58
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Dom Perignon 2008 will leave memories in the minds of wine lovers. A powerful, toasted style, the bouquet expresses aromas of almonds, candied lemon and a slight smoky touch that gives it an additional richness. The palate is powerful with a vinous character and an almost fleshy texture. Of course, time in the cellar will allow it to express itself fully, but it's still possible to enjoy this now.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,340.58
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,365.78
2008

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

The perfect blanc de blancs. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. Totally in tune. Superb. Deep and complete. Has everything. One for the cellar. It is the greatest Comte ever. It has everything. A perfect upgrade from two years ago. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Jan 2022

Champagne 6x75cl 3 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,365.78
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,874.58
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.
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Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,874.58
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £2,587.89
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 3x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,587.89
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Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £849.99
2008

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

James Suckling (98)

This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold.
4 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 2 98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £849.99
Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £941.00
2008

Bollinger La Grande Annee 2008 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

The 2008 La Grande Année is another brilliant 2008 that delivers the goods. Straight-up awesome notes of stone fruits, white flowers, honeysuckle, and an incredible, liquid rock-like minerality all emerge from the glass, and it develops more nuance, spice, toasted bread, and an almost Alsatian Riesling-like petrol character over the course of the evening. It’s a full-bodied, rich, powerful Champagne, yet like the top 2008s, it has brilliant precision, purity, and focus. It’s unquestionably one of the finest versions of this cuvée ever produced, although it needs another 4-5 years of bottle age to hit prime time. It should keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo!
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £941.00
Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,100.00
2008

Dom Perignon 2008 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Dom Perignon 2008 will leave memories in the minds of wine lovers. A powerful, toasted style, the bouquet expresses aromas of almonds, candied lemon and a slight smoky touch that gives it an additional richness. The palate is powerful with a vinous character and an almost fleshy texture. Of course, time in the cellar will allow it to express itself fully, but it's still possible to enjoy this now.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,100.00
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,121.00
2008

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2008 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

The perfect blanc de blancs. Full-bodied with a lovely framework of acidity and dry fruit, such as apples, pears and peaches. Opulent. Dense and muscular. Yet, it’s balanced and harmonious. Line of acidity at the end. Totally in tune. Superb. Deep and complete. Has everything. One for the cellar. It is the greatest Comte ever. It has everything. A perfect upgrade from two years ago. Drink or hold.
Delivery to Storage from 8 Jan 2022

Champagne 6x75cl 3 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,121.00
Louis Roederer Cristal 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £1,545.00
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.
1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 6x75cl 1 100 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,545.00
Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)
In Bond: £2,148.00
2008

Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2008 (3x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The finest rendition of this cuvée that Lécaillon has produced to date—and, indeed, one of the finest wines produced by any of Champagne's important houses in the last two or three decades—is the 2008 Cristal Rosé, a brilliant wine that derives from a mere four of the 45 plots that are candidates for inclusion in Cristal: two blocks of Pinot Noir from Aÿ, one of Chardonnay from Mesnil and another from Avize, and I suspect that its origin in the crème de la crème of Roederer's Cristal-worthy holdings has even more to do with the extra dimension it possesses above and beyond its white counterpart than the delicate infusion of Pinot Noir phenolics that give it its delicate pink hue. Unfurling in the glass with aromas of wild strawberries, tangerine, warm pastry and crisp green orchard fruit, the 2008 is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a racy but beautifully integrated spine of acidity, a multidimensional core and a searingly chalky and laser-focused finish. Impeccably balanced and harmonious, this superb wine represents one of the qualitative peaks of this great vintage. It will be seven or eight years until it truly starts to blossom, but its benchmark quality is already glaringly apparent.
2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

Champagne 3x75cl 2 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,148.00

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