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For the first tasting of the New Year we're starting off with a bang with Vintage champagne! Vintage champagne is the product of just one harvest and represents only around 5% of all champagne sold. It must be aged for at least 3 years on the yeast lees before disgorgement which adds to the complexity and depth of flavour compared to non-vintage champagnes.
The tasting will feature one champagne form every vintage between 2008 and 2000 and all of the wines will be from independent producers situated in some of the best villages in the region. Most of the wines will be blends but there will also one 100% Chardonnay, one 100% Pinot Noir and one 100% Pinot Meunier (quite rare). Here is the full line-up with the name of the village where each one comes from:
2008 Bernard Hatte Cuvee Benjamin, Grand Cru Verzennay
2007 Dehours Extra Brut, Cerseuil
2006 Dauby, Grand Cru Ay
2005 Bernard Launois, Grand Cru Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
2004 Hubert Paulet, 1er Cru Rilly-la-Montagne
2003 Marc Chauvet, 1er Cru Rilly-la-Montagne
2002 Pierre Legras, Grand Cru Chouilly
2001 Vilmart Cellie D'Or, 1er Cru Rilly-la-Montagne
2000 M Maillart, 1er Cru Ecueil
These champagnes would all cost between £30 and £40 bottle per bottle retail in the UK with one closer to £50.
To start there will be a few nibbles and a glass of non-champagne fizz as a comparison. And to finish a range of bread, cheeses, pates.
The tastiing will be seated round one table and limited to 12 people. The cost is just £39.50 per head.