The 2008 Chassenay d'Arce was a top sellar last year. It's an incredible value for the vintage and an excellent Champagne that many of our clients raved about. We were able to source some rare magnums of the '08, which were actually disgorged a few years later than the 750s and are fresher and a tad more complex than the regular bottling. We have the only Magnum bottles in the USA and to keep under the $100 mark for 2008 in Magnum is not easy these days, making this a great buy for the category.
We tasted this next to 2008 Deutz Cuvee William, and while it doesn't have the pedigree of the Deutz, it is a lovely bottle of bubbles that stood up to a giant at this friendly price point. Aromas of apple, white flowers, brioche, and minerals jump from the glass. The palate has an excellent density with a very fine mouthfeel and a lingering mineral and citrus finish. This 2008 is showing great right now, and it should drink well for another five years and is an excellent bottle for the upcoming holidays. There are not a lot of great 2008s left at reasonable pricing, so don't miss this one coming from right from the source!
An old Co-op based in the Aube founded in 1956 by five families, Chassenay now works with over 130 families, covering 315 hectares of vines spread over 12 villages. Chassenay sets strict regulations for its growers and is currently having everyone convert to sustainable practices, which is quite an undertaking. This is a unique Cuvee, in that the grapes for this are sourced from all over Champagne, including Chardonnay (34.2%) from the Cote des Blancs, Pinot Noir (58.2%) from the Montagne de Reims, Pinot Meunier (4.8%) from the Valle de Marne, and Pinot Blanc (2.8%) grown in the Aube. This wouldn't be possible were it not for the outreach of families that Chassenay works with and is one of the few Cuvee's we have seen that incorporates almost every great area of Champagne. The grapes are vinified in stainless steel with a small percentage completed in barrel with a partial malolactic fermentation and aged on the lees for ten years before being disgorged. This Cuvee is fresh, expressive, and complex with citrus notes, white-fleshed fruit, white flowers, brioche, and hazelnuts. The palate is elegant but dense with a rich body and taut acidity that brings it to life ending with a long mineral-laced finish. These bottles are ex-Domaine, were just released this year, and are showing very well now but have the structure for years of aging if desired. The 2008 from Chassenay d'Arce is one of the best values for 2008 Champagne on the market and is a no-brainer buy for grower Champagne.