The 2008 vintage has produced wines characterized by freshness and vivacity, with a perfectly integrated acidity that suggests they will age very well. Intense and mineral, the nose combines floral and citrus notes (lemon and grapefruit). On the palate, fruit and richness predominate.
The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are harvested mostly from the Grands Crus in Montagne de Reims and the borders of the Vallée de la Marne.
After a mild, rainy winter, with no particularly cold periods, an overcast spring began with a few very localised frosts. While there was some uneven grape size development, especially in the Chardonnays in mid-June, the growing season, with relatively little sunshine, was not overly troubled by the usual vineyard diseases. The harvests officially started on 12th September but many waited a few days to start picking, which paid dividends in terms of ripeness. The weather was pleasantly cool and dry during the picking period, resulting in a fine, very healthy harvest. The Chardonnays are refined and vigorous, with good minerality. The Pinot Noirs are fruity and vinous, with finishes that are still lively. The 2008 wines stand out for their remarkable freshness and vivacity. The acidity is very firm and well-integrated, suggesting a good potential to age.
Taittinger Brut Millésimé 2008 is exclusively blended from first press wines. This wine is made when the harvest is of exceptional quality and Taittinger consider it to be a vintage wine. Following first fermentation the wines are then aged for over six years on their lees in the Taittinger cellars – allowing the aromas to slowly mature and the wine to develop length and complexity before being released.