Wine Review: Cuvée Charlemagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2008

Guy Charlemagne is one of the more underestimated champagnes I have encountered. A grower champagne house situated in the village of Mesnil sur Oger. It is basically next door to the much more well-known Salon and Delamotte house and while it cannot brag with being in business for as long, they still do have a respectable history of having been in business since 1892. One of my favorite grower champagnes and looking at their current production ofapproximately 130 000 bottles per year they seem popular among others as well.

Their motto is ‘Quality is my truth’ and to me it often comes through in their wines. We had the pleasure of picking up seven bottles of the Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from the lovely vintage 2008. This specific cuvée is not made every year so only the best vintages will have it and it only uses grapes from Mesnil sur Oger and Oger with its limestone soil.

It is a 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay. It is vinified in thermo regulated stainless steel and it has a small dosage of 6 grams per liter. Aging between 3 and 4 years in the chalk cellars of Guy Charlemagne.

The color is golden yellow and it has very fine and persistent bubbles. The nose of this wine just blew me away and it was, at least to me, very different from many other Blanc de Blancs I have tried. It has clear tones of candied fruits with notes of apple, oranges, pineapple as well as dried raisins and toastiness. The taste is full and creamy with brioche, bread, candied ginger and the finish is long with fresh acidity and mineral.

Lovely to drink now but should be even better if saved for some years. Not sure what the recommendation of the producer is but I would expect it to age very well for at least 7-10 more years. Enjoy it with some Jamón Ibérico or foie gras or just on its own.

I would rate it as a 4.5 in quality. It is truly a great Champagne and looking at value for money it is fantastic. I managed to secure these for 400 SEK (~€43) per bottle but these days you would end up paying at least €50 but to me that still means it deserves a 5 in value for money rating. So if you find this make sure to buy it and then decide whether to save it or drink now.

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