Rare Champagne unveils its 2008 Vintage
Napa, CA (Tuesday June 8, 2021) — Rare Champagne, a wine of true exception, today unveils its Rare Millésime 2008 to wine lovers around the world. Rare Champagne has declared only twelve exceptional vintages of Rare Brut and Rosé Millésime since its inception in 1976: Rare Millésime 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, and Rosé Millésime 2007 and 2008.
Each vintage is nothing less than a work of art. Even more so, each vintage is a labor of love for Cellar Master, Régis Camus and the Rare Millésime 2008 embodies the harmony between Régis Camus’s state of mind and the gifts offered by nature.
Of the new release, Régis stated:
“For me, Rare Millésime 2008 embodies the infinite, with its unlimited, rich, constantly present youth and freshness. These sensations intertwine on the palate in a constant cycle of flavors, each more precise and harmonious than the one before. While already a pleasure to drink, this vintage has now acquired an exceptional complexity and mineral character, punctuated with exotic spice notes that promise infinite longevity.”
While most Champagne houses released their 2008 vintage Tête de Cuvée Brut Champagne in 2018, Régis did not, tasting and reviewing the wine in the cellar until his “labor of love” was ready to be released to wine lovers around the world in 2021.
The 2008 growing year was cold. bestowing an intense, taut minerality upon the Chardonnay grapes, along with remarkable freshness and unparalleled longevity. Following a cool dry autumn and a rather mild winter, notwithstanding cold temperatures in February, weather conditions turned inclement towards the middle of April. A sudden cold snap in the midst of June struck the vineyard in mid-flower.
Fortunately, July and August fostered a harmonious maturation and following an ominous, extremely rainy period, dry cool weather coincided with a perfectly mature harvest in the first two weeks of September. Indisputably, this year was a combination of all the factors needed to reveal a truly great Rare Champagne vintage.
The Rare Champagne elegant black bottle symbolizes the boldness of the dominant Pinot Noir and the gold label represents the freshness of Chardonnay. Each bottle is adorned by a tiara, historically designed by Arthus Bertrand, and showcases a vine prevailing over the whims of weather. Simply exceptional!
The Rare Millésime 2008 is imported nationally by Folio Fine Wine Partners, and available from fine wine retailers for $210 per bottle.