We've tasted this multiple times and have always been impressed with the balance of power in this Champagne. Our last time trying it, it was poured before the 1996 Dom Perignon, and it stood its ground easily. It was open and ready for business with layers of apples, brioche, grilled nuts, honey, and orange essence with incredible minerality. On the palate, there was some serious power/richness with-out being clunky; very finessed. An excellent Mousse and a lingering finish. A blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, with a dosage of 5g/l. 2008 came from a single vineyard site with 35% of the Cuvee seeing oak for nine months and aged in the bottle for seven years. In magnum format, this will be an incredible bottle, and these are the only magnums available currently in the world!
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 94+ points! "From a single parcel in Urville, the 2008 Brut Grande Sendrée is exceptional, opening in the glass with incipiently rich aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, brioche, marzipan and wheat toast that seems to be on the cusp of acquiring more nutty complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and tight-knit, with superb concentration and structural tension, built around racy acids and concluding with an attractively chalky finish. In keeping with the vintage, this is quite a tensile, reserved Grande Sendrée, but its potential is considerable. Readers should plan on forgetting 2008 for another four or five years if they wish to catch it at the beginning of its plenitude. It's a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, one-third of which was fermented in barrel; it was disgorged after seven years sur lattes with five grams per liter dosage."