Wine Spectator. The greatest vintage Champagne that I have ever had from Laurent-Perrier! He said that the job of a vintage wine is to express the year- and he has expressed the 2008- the best vintage in at least a generation- perfectly. This is a rich, powerful wine that still shows incredible purity and elegance, with a stacked, concentrated feel on the palate. It’s the best gift for wine-loving friends and family, and something they will enjoy all year long! Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended. After a cool and not very sunny summer, the 2008 harvest in Champagne began around the middle of September in near perfect weather which miraculously continued through two to three weeks of picking. The 2008 Dom Pérignon is the first time the estate has released a wine out of order (the 2009 was released before the 2008) but the estate loved the wine so much they felt it warranted additional aging. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving. âAnd that was followed by a steady, dry and rather cool growing season which allowed slow ripening, whilst achieving full phenolic maturity.â. Would the 2008 vintage be as well-received had the brands and master winemakers not laid out these forward-thinking plans? All rights reserved. It is also worth mentioning that much of the 2008 vintage would suffer in the wake of the 2008 global recession, which heavily disrupted the financial world. Average of 91.8 points in 135 community wine reviews on 2008 Pol Roger Champagne Vintage Brut, plus professional notes, label images, wine details, and recommendations on when to drink. 2008 Champagne vintage a corker Get ready for 2008, Mr Champagne says. All rights reserved. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 2000 to today. âAnd we are finally beginning to reap the rewards of 2008,â says Zyw. Could it be 1990, when big, powerful full-flavoured fizz won the day? Even the best crops can be spoilt if handled in the wrong way by producers. 2008 Wine Vintage Learn more Overall, the 2008 vintage was good but, for most regions, it stopped short of being truly excellent. To receive the latest in style, watches, cars and luxury news, plus receive great offers from the worlds greatest brands every Friday. Thatâs right, itâs Christmas party season â and weâre all in search of the best bottles of bubbly to fill up our festive flutes. Dom Pérignon liberates the 2008 vintage, freeing it from an over-literal interpretation of the canons of champagne. ... 2008: Champagne. But itâs not all about the harvest and the grapes at the time of picking. According to Zyw, the year saw a return to a more classic, dry style of champagne â with vibrant fruit and an effervescent acidity coming together in a wholly unexpectedly harmonious way. âBut I can safely say that the quality of the 2008 vintages surpass many of their glossy write-ups. Phenolic maturity, for the uninitiated, refers to particular compounds that develop in grapes that are integral to the winemaking process further down the line. Bid on 2008 wine today. And, just to give you a helping hand, weâve rounded up three of our 2008 favourites below. Potentially superb, with rich, intense wines, Cool, rainy conditions through summer led to fair September weather, producing a large crop of fresh, approachable wines, A late harvest, with warm, sunny conditions from July onward; Chardonnay excelled, Pinot Noir shows outstanding character, A challenging season, with a miraculous recovery at harvest yielding a small but exceptional crop; ripe and harmonious, Limited releases available from this erratic vintage; Chardonnay fared best as mid-August rains led to widespread rot for Pinots, Vivid, well-structured wines in a classic style, with fine textural finesse; potentially long-lived, Notable older vintages: 1988, 1985, 1982, 1973, 1971, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1953, 1949, Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended. Vintage Champagne is made in exactly the same way as Non-Vintage Champagne, except that it is the product of just one year's harvest, so there will be no blending from other years, as is the case with NV fizz. As such, 2008 bottlings have been handled with the utmost of care; created with an almost mechanical meticulousness to ensure the best flavours possible. The 2008 Dom Pérignon is the first time the estate has released a wine out of order (the 2009 was released before the 2008) but the estate loved the wine so much they felt it warranted additional aging.