Penet-Chardonnet, Champagne Prestige Grande Réserve Grand Cru Extra Brut 2008
A single-village blend (50% Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) made from a selection of Maison Penet’s best Grand Cru parcels of Verzy, based on the exceptional 2008 vintage, this complex and powerful champagne was bottled in 2009 and aged on lees until its disgorgement. Dark gold with very fine beads. The lively nose displays interlaced aromas of citrus, flowers and honey. On the palate the wine is very precise and clean, full-bodied yet silky, and leaves a gorgeous hint of green apples and an very long mineral finish, perfectly expressing the terroir of Verzy. The disgorgement date is mentioned on the back label and the bottles are individually numbered. 12%. Drink now to 2024.
Ratings: Robert Parket Wine Advocate 93/100 (2016); Jancis Robinson 17.5/20 (2018)
Serving suggestions: Aperitif wine for special occasions and celebrations, or a great food wine too – artichokes, truffles, white fish or shellfish are all great as long as seasoning is not too prominent.
La Maison Penet
Distinctive champagne producer La Maison Penet makes wine under the Alexandre Penet and Penet-Chardonnet Grand Cru brands. All their sparkling wines are generally hard to find outside France. Alexandre Penet is a great introduction to the maison’s style of artisanal, refined champagne focusing on freshness and purity, as well as expression of terroir (all their wines see low dosage – sugar addition – to preserve that purity).
The cuvées Alexandre Penet Extra Brut, Rosé Extra Brut and Grand Cru Brut Nature demonstrate both the wide range of produced champagnes as well as the quest for quality. With six hectares of Grand Cru vines in Verzy and Verzenay, Montagne de Reims, Penet-Chardonnet has received important critical acclaim, especially for its vintage cuvées and single-parcel bottlings. Penet-Chardonnet Champagne Grand Cru ‘TerroirEscence’ and Penet-Chardonnet Champagne Prestige Grande Réserve Grand Cru Extra Brut 2008 are two brilliant examples of how these wines express their exceptional terroir.