2008 Saint-Chamant (Christian Coquillette) Brut Cuvee de Chardonnay

Year: 2008
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95+
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$59.95

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"The recently released 2008 Brut Cuvée de Chardonnay from Saint-Chamant is a brilliant young wine, though it's unsurprisingly more reserved out of the gates than its 2006 predecessor. Offering up aromas of hazelnuts, lemon oil, wheat toast, iodine and fresh peach, complemented by subtle hints of cane sugar and cognac, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a deep and tensile core, racy acids and a delicate pinpoint mousse. Long and sapid, the alliance of lively fruit with complex secondary and tertiary nuance evokes the Champagne of yesteryear.

It is with sadness that I report that, as this article was going to press, Christian Coquillette passed away. His superb wines, however, will live on for many decades, and I encourage readers to raise a glass to his memory, as I shall be doing this evening." (WA)

Winery Notes:
Champagne Saint Chamant was established in 1930 by Pierre and Hélène Coquillette. Their son, Christian, took over the estate in 1950. Located in Épernay, the house’s unsigned, unassuming exterior in no way hints at its labyrinthine cellar, built in the early 19th century, which is a mile long-and lined with hundreds of thousands of carefully aging Champagne bottles.

Charmingly mustached and quite dapper, octogenarian Christian specializes primarily in Blanc de Blancs with more than 28 acres of Chardonnay vineyards in Grand Cru Chouilly. The house also makes a small amount of rosé, from 92% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Meunier from Épernay.

Christian is a firm believer in extended lees aging, and he disgorges only once the wines have been ordered. All Saint Chamant Champagnes are of a distinctive style and sophisticated quality, reflecting well the elegance and refinement of their maker. They display a heady, old-time richness and vinosity with extremely fine bubbles.