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Rare Millésime Brut

Champagne

The Rare Millésime 2008 has been crowned the "Best Champagne of the World" by the BEST WINE OF THE WORLD COMPETITION 2021.  It has also received 97 Points from WINE SPECTATOR and was a trophy winner at the INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE.  Enjoy now or can age until 2050 and beyond.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: LIGHT GOLD In a subtle, joyful effervescence, the intense crystalline golden robe evokes yellow diamonds. ON THE NOSE: INFINITELY FLORAL AND MINERAL The initial nose shines by the pure vivacity of this vintage. As Rare Millésime 2008 gradually warms in the glass, a vast range of orange blossom, hyacinth and white flowers is released. This leads to the delicacy of vanilla blossoms, a touch of fresh coconut, aromas of just ripe Williams pear and fresh almond, enhanced by notes of tangerine and blackcurrant buds. The second nose reveals the saline minerality, abundant and refined, an iodine-smoky harmony and a touch of liquorice. ON THE PALATE: SPRINGLIKE AND PRECISE On the palate the crispy, precise attack is followed by exuberant aromas of fresh pineapple, freshly cut and crisp, passion fruit, kiwi and coconut, nuanced with tangy citrus notes. These combine with plush spring-like flavours with unparalleled length. The finish, with remarkable saline and iodine notes, perpetuates the journey into an endless spring.

  • Oysters with ginger and lemon
  • Grilled sole with mint sabayon and preserved sweet peppers
  • Milk chocolate with mango and passion fruit

WEATHER: UNPREDICTABLE Following a beginning of a year that was mild, dull and rainy, the beautiful summer coincided with a perfectly mature harvest, continuing through the first two magnificent weeks of September. 2008 is definitely an exceptional year in Champagne.

  • 70% Chardonnay
  • 30% Pinot Noir

The Rare Millésime 2006 won a Gold medal from Decanter and a Grand Gold medal from Mundus Vini.  It was also a trophy winner at the International Wine Challenge, scoring 97 Points and a gold medal.

Tasting Notes

TO THE EYE: IRIDESCENT GREEN GOLD Bearing witness to a sun-filled year, Rare Millésime 2006 glows with an iridescent yellow-green gold. Delicate, dynamic bubbles glisten in this flaxen brilliance. ON THE NOSE: TROPICAL AND DISTINGUISHED Rare Millésime 2006 first offers a generous honeyed and oriental nose. The fragrances of crisp mango, cocoa, coffee, tropical fruits, lend the vintage a sophisticated vitality. The scent of jasmine tea paves the way for a gradually emerging minerality. Aromas of dried apricot and pink peony foreshadow a slightly vegetal structure, where vanilla, yellow kiwi and Oriental spices bloom. ON THE PALATE: INFINITELY RICH AND INVITING In the exceptionally long finish hints of mocha and cocoa confirm the fine Rare Millésime 2006 minerality. Dried apricots, sweet spices, citron lime, accents of crisp honeyed pastries and Espelette pepper envelop the palate with an Oriental and smoky warmth. Testifying to its solar generosity, this depth underscores the wineʼs taut freshness and foreshadows a magnificent longevity.

  • Green asparagus with warm potato espuma
  • Grenadine of veal with langoustines

WEATHER: CONTRASTING Following a cold winter with abundant snowfall succeeded by spring thunderstorms, and a hot summer, in August, the temperatures cooled and heavy rains threatened the grapesʼ maturity. In September, the heat thankfully came back to encourage the harvest.

  • 70% Chardonnay
  • 30% Pinot Noir

TRADE & MEDIA ASSETS /////////////////

2006 Rare Millésime Brut – Bottle Shot

2006 Rare Millésime Brut – Tasting Note

2008 Rare Millésime – Bottle Shot

2008 Rare Millésime – Tasting Note

Rare 2006 Brut – Drinks Business

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Medals & Trophies

Rare 2006 Brut & 2008 Brut Rose – Wine Enthusiast

Rare Champagne – Awards & Medals