2008 Jacquesson Avize Champ Cain

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Disgorged in April 2018 with 2.5 grams per liter dosage, Jacquesson's 2008 Extra Brut Grand Cru Avize - Champ Caïn is showing brilliantly, soaring from the glass with a lively bouquet of waxy lemon rind, green apple, walnuts, marzipan and subtle hints of drawn butter and honey. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with terrific concentration, mid-palate volume and structural tension, with a deeper, broader profile than the 2008 Core Bautray tasted alongside. The finish is long, saline and chalky. While Hervé Chiquet observes that Jacquesson has made considerable progress—especially in the vineyards—in the last decade that the 2008 necessarily doesn't reflect, this is nonetheless a brilliant Champagne.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RP
Champ Caïn is a small plot of 1.2ha planted with 12,000 Chardonnay vines. The nose is very expressive, all fruit and brioche. It has a low dosage of 2.5g/l, and the palate is smoky, full-bodied and vinous as only a great cold vintage can be.

Decanter | 96 DEC
There’s complexity here that delivers a wealth of grilled-almond and background chalky notes with a punchy, fleshy lemon and peach-kernel core. Bracing, mineral finish. I’d actually lay this down. Try from 2022.

James Suckling | 96 JS
The 2008 Extra-Brut Avize Champ Gain is rich, ample and creamy. Graphite, dried herbs, hazelnut and tropical notes fill out the wine’s ample frame effortlessly. Textural richness and vibrancy melded together make the Champ Gain absolutely compelling. Tropical overtones add shades of nuance to a Champagne that shows all of the resonance and breadth that are such Avize signatures. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: April, 2018.

Vinous Media | 95 VM
(Jacquesson “Avize- Champ Caïn” Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Millésime (Dizy)) I cannot overstate how happy I was to have a chance to revisit the 2008 Champ Caïn after the wine has seen another year’s worth of bottle age (though it was a warehouse mistake that allowed the bottle to find its way to my door!). I as I noted a year ago, this wine was bottled in May of 2009 and disgorged nine years later, in April of 2018, with a finishing dosage of 2.5 grams per liter. The bouquet remains youthful, but is starting to stretch its wings and now offers up a refined blend of golden delicious apple, pear, hazelnut, a fabulous base of limestone minerality, brioche and a gentle smoky topnote. The perception of buttery oak that was fairly prevalent a year ago is now being buried in the other aromatic elements. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and shows the excellent structure of 2008, with a rock solid core of fruit, excellent mineral drive, elegant mousse and a very long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is not better than it was a year ago, but it has softened up a bit structurally with the passage of time and is far more enjoyable to drink today. That said, it is still a long-distance runner and this is very early days for this beautiful wine! (Drink between 2020-2050).

John Gilman | 94+ JG
A super-fresh, bright and expressive nose features a complex array that is comprised by notes of essence of green apple, petrol, citrus and soft yeast influence. The intense and equally bright medium weight flavors possess laser-like definition that is enhanced by a very firm but quite fine mousse, all wrapped in a crisp, very dry and youthfully austere finish. This wonderfully long and classy effort could arguably use a bit more depth but this is at least 5 to 7 years away from its peak and thus more complexity should almost certainly develop. In a word, impressive.

Burghound | 94 BH

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Vintage 2008
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Jacquesson & Fils
Rating 97 RP
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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