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Varietal: 100% Chardonnay 2008 (Organic and biodynamic)
Terroir: Côte des Blancs in Grand Cru
Soil type: 100% Chalk
Average age of vines: over 60 years
Manual harvest: 100%
Aging: 100% oak barrel
Dosage: 3 gr / L
Filtration and collage: no
Disgorgement: see on the counter label
Recommended aging time: 8-15 years or older
Operating temperature: 8-10 °C
Food / wine pairing: crustaceans, fish, white meats, mature cheeses or as an aperitif.
A cold winter and springtime frosts laid the foundations for this vintage of abundant yields (12,997 kg/ha). Uneventful flowering was followed by exceptionally hot and sunny weather, which lasted until August. A dank August left producers fearful but fortunately warm, bright conditions in September redressed the balance. Harvest commenced on September 9th, producing grapes high in sugar level but notably low on acidity. The general health of the grapes was sufficient, producing wines which excel over the preceding 2005 vintage, another warm and ample year. The year's greatest wines are supple and expressive and despite the richness they escape being overly heavy. Overt and welcoming upon launch, the best come with excellent capacity for ageing. Winey, and richly fruity characters, most Champagnes regrettably miss some tension and finesse. Wines of the vintage include Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Krug Vintage and Dom Pérignon Rosé.