63 brands, 200+ champagnes – our top picks from the Champagne Bureau Annual Tasting

The great and the good of the London wine trade were out in force today at the Champagne Bureau annual tasting. Here are our first thoughts on our favorite sips across a selection of categories and vintages.

The 2015 Champagne Bureau Tasting at One Great George Street

The 2015 Champagne Bureau Tasting at One Great George Street

Top 2009: Louis Roederer Rose – as you can see from the list we loved Roederer in all categories, rose, brut, NV – we’re placing our order now!

Top 2008: Louis Roederer Brut, followed by Lombard Grand Cru, a new marque for us

Top 2007: Andre Jacquart Le Mesnil Grand Cru, followed by Delamotte Blanc de Blancs and Heidsieck & Co Monopole Gold Top

Top 2006: Devaux, Cuvee D, followed by Mumm

Top 2005: Bollinger Grand Annee, followed by Paul Dethune Grand Cru Ambonnay and Jacquart Alpha

Top 2004: Dom Ruinart  – we love the wine and the new label too! Followed by Pol Roger Brut and Gosset Grand Millesime

Top 2002: Piper Heidsieck Rare, followed by Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois

Top 2000: Alfred Gratien

Top 3 grower champagnes:

  • Andre Jacquart
  • Paul Dethune
  • Alfred Gratien

Top 5 NV:

  • Paul Dethune, Cuvee Prestige Princesse des Thunes – 65% from the 2006 vintage plus reserve wines from a solera started 40 years ago
  • Charles Heidsieck
  • Louis Roederer
  • Devaux Cuvee D
  • Jacquesson 733 Digorgement Tardif – base vintage 2005, disgorged Sept 2014 and released Sept 2015 – stunning

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