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Rare Champagne Millésime 2006 Gift Boxed

Made only eleven times since 1976, Rare Champagne lives up to its name. Champagne legend Régis Camus is the Chef de Cave, whose meticulous winemaking has made him Sparkling Winemaker of the Year at the IWC eight times. Rare Champagne pays homage to the glory days of Versailles when founder Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented his first ever ‘prestige cuvée’ to Marie Antoinette in 1785, declaring that he wanted to make a ‘cuvée worthy of a queen’. As the guardian of the Rare Champagne style, Régis Camus selects the vineyards according to their expression rather than their rank in the scale of Premiers and Grand Crus. This blending approach contributes to the complex, distinguished, and yet pure style of Rare Champagne. He thinks outside the box, choosing Chardonnay grapes from the Montagne de Reims, more traditionally recognised for Pinot Noir, giving the wine freshness and precise minerality. He prefers the Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims as well (for instance Verzy or Aÿ) for their sheer intensity and powerful silky texture. Rare Millésime 2006 marries 70% Chardonnay grapes, selected mainly from the Montagne de Reims region and 30% Pinot Noir in a blend of eight crus. The wine was kept on its lees 10 years before disgorgement, when a dosage of around 8.5g/l was added. This Champagne is crystal-clear in colour, with bright yellow hues. On the nose, there are aromas of apricot pastries, orange zest and mango, followed by more pronounced notes of vanilla, toast and Oriental spices. The complex bouquet of spices leads to a delicate, long finish. Opulent, rich and intense, Rare 2006 is a testament to this sunny vintage resulting in a Champagne with great concentration.

Wine File
Producer:
Rare Champagne
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Sub Region:
Montagne de Reims
Style:
Vintage & Deluxe Champagne
Primary Grape(s):
Chardonnay
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
12.0%
Closure:
Natural Cork
Vegan:
Yes
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
9
£165.00

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