2008 Besserat de Bellefon Cuvee des Moines Vintage Brut

Year: 2008
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$69.95

"This soft and creamy Champagne is open-knit and balanced, with citrusy acidity and subtle flavors of peach skin, candied pink grapefruit zest and blanched almond. Minerally finish. Disgorged December 2016. Drink now through 2027. 150 cases made. -AN" (WS)

"Tasted from the same lot as in June this year, the 2008 Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime is very fine on the deep, ripe and elegant nose where the 31% Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier play the first guitar at the moment. This is a very elegant, refined and intense 2008 with a charming dosage. The finish is pure and persistently salty, well-structured and remarkably intense. Impressive and even a touch finer than the sample I had some months ago. Tasted October 2018." (WA)

"Dominated by rich Chardonnay, this is a ripe wine. Acidity and a mineral texture are foils to the rich apple and green-plum flavors, giving a balance between deliciously crisp and a fuller style. It is just about ready to drink but will be better from 2018." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Golden-yellow with satiny tints. Expressive nose with complex notes of very ripe fruits (pear, quince), and fruit jelly. On aeration, the range of grilled and toasted fragrances appears. Once it has warmed slightly, they give way to minty and spicy notes, including ginger, cinnamon, and anise. The finish is dominated by cooked yellow fleshed fruits, generous, and persistent.