The more Champagnes we taste from the 2012 vintage the more we like it. Quite frankly the purity of fruit, and balance of the 2012's are even performing better than the 2008's at this point. Only time will tell which vintage is better, but from an early enjoyablity standpoint I'm giving an early nob to the 2012s. R.L. Legras which we are the direct importer for the USA decided to not bottle their tete de cuvee in 2012, the same decision they made in 2002. Instead they bottled all their old vine plots from the grand cru village of Chouilly in their Presidence Vielles Vignes bottling. Was this a good decision maybe not, but you are getting the same wine as the St Vincent at about 30% less money. I have had the 2012 Presidence on several occasions in 750, and magnum, and I think its the best bottle of Champagne this house has ever made, even potentially better than the 1996 St Vincent. This is an absoultley stunning bottle of bubbles, and the incoming batch will be recently disgorged so it should even be better than the previous ones!
For the 2012 vintage all the old vines that typically go into the Saint Vincent went into the Presidence bottling and the Saint Vincent was omitted, just like in 2002. Possibly an error on their part, the 2012 vintage is surely good enough for a Saint Vincent bottling, but it’s at the consumers gain. The Presidence is a rich, powerful champagne with an extreme intensity and uber focused minerality; a total show stopper and in some ways better than the 2008 Saint Vincent. This is currently our favorite Champagne from RL Legras, over delivering for the price. RL Legras has recently moved to a state of the art facility, one of the most technologically advanced and well-designed that we have ever seen from a grower producer. The first time we met the owner and wine maker of Legras he took us to a bistro that was connected to a Michelin stared resturant and told us, "they serve the same food but it’s cheaper here" and thinking about it now, it was the perfect metaphor for what happened in 2012 for the Presidence.