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Rare Champagne 2008

Wine: Millesime 2008
Producer: Rare Champagne
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2008
Style: Sparkling
Blend: 70% Chardonnay / 30% Pinot Noir
Size: 75cl


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The Wine:

In over 40 years, Rare Champagne has only declared a vintage 14 times. Originally crafted under the Piper-Heidsieck label, the remarkable singularity and unique style of Rare Champagne led to it becoming its own House in 2019.

As the guardian of the Rare Champagne style, Régis Camus selects the vineyards according to their expression rather than their rank in the scale of Premiers and Grand Crus. This blending approach contributes to the complex, distinguished, and yet pure style of Rare Champagne. He thinks outside the box, choosing Chardonnay grapes from the Montagne de Reims, more traditionally recognised for Pinot Noir, giving the wine freshness and precise minerality. He prefers the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims as well (for instance Verzy or Aÿ) for their sheer intensity and powerful silky texture.

The first fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks. Once completed, the wine was racked and underwent full malolactic fermentation. Rare Millésime marries 70% Chardonnay grapes, selected mainly from the Montagne de Reims region and 30% Pinot Noir in a blend of eleven crus. The wine was kept on its lees 11 years before disgorgement when a dosage of around 10g/l was added.

This Champagne is a crystal-clear, light gold in colour. The initial nose shines with the pure vivacity of this vintage, showing pronounced aromas of orange blossom, hyacinth and white flowers, with notes of just-ripe Williams pear, fresh coconut, almond, and tangerine. Saline and smoky hints balance the nose perfectly. The palate is crisp and precise, with citrus and tropical fruit lingering on the long, complex finish.

Further Info:

Rare Champagne was conceived as an homage to the royal court at Versailles, where founder Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented his first ‘prestige cuvée’ to Marie Antoinette in 1785, declaring that he wanted to make a ‘cuvée worthy of a queen’. These glamorous beginnings are further referenced in Rare Champagne’s unique bottle shape and distinctive gold casing; a nod to the opulent, bejewelled bottle that Russian jeweller Pierre-Karl Fabergé designed for Piper-Heidsieck in the 1800’s.

Rare Champagne was also born from a struggle with nature. The 1976 vintage followed a period of exceptional drought, while a terrible frost preceded the 1985 vintage. Yet in both instances, they produced a champagne worthy of the name Rare. The vineyards used to create Rare Champagne are selected based on their unique characteristics, rather than a rank of Premier and Grand Cru. These exceptional sites blend to create wines which are complex and distinguished, offering a pure expression of their vintages.

Champagne legend Régis Camus was the winemaker at Rare Champagne for nearly three decades, before retiring in March 2022. His meticulous attention to detail saw him named ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ by the IWC eight times and in 2019 the CSWWC recognised his legacy with a Life Achievement award. Emilien Boutillat, one of the youngest Chef de Caves in Champagne’s history and twice winner of the IWC’s ‘Sparkling Winemaker of the Year’ award (in 2021 and 2023), is now responsible for safeguarding Rare Champagne’s house style, while leading the house into the future. In 2022, Rare Champagne was one of the first Champagne Houses, alongside Piper-Heidsieck and Charles Heidsieck, to achieve B-Corp Certification, illustrating an ongoing commitment to improving both their social and environmental impact on the planet.

From its first vintage in 1976, Rare Champagne has been synonymous with quality and every year demand far outweighs supply. 2013 is the current release of Rare Millésime. It comprises a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, sourced predominantly from the Montagne de Reims, with the Pinot Noir hailing from a total of 11 ‘crus’. After secondary fermentation, the 2013 Millésime was aged for nine years on its lees, pre-disgorgement and released with a dosage of nine grams per litre. The result is a bright, intensely gold expression defined by delicate aromas of white flowers, kiwi and nuances of black tea. On the palate, vibrant citrus notes give way to meringue and blood orange with Rare Champagne’s signature tropical minerality. The 2008 Millésime is similarly sensational, with the magnum format resulting in Rare Champagne winning the prestigious ‘Supreme World Champions’ title at the 2023 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships in London. This is the highest accolade given by these awards.


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