Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Collection Particuliere 2008

Nicolas Feuillatte is a large cooperative of growers with combined vineyards in the thousands of hectares. In every sense of the meaning, therefore, Nicolas Feuillatte is a growers’ champagne. The quality is high and the prices of the wines very reasonable. The brand is readily available in supermarkets in France. I have visited more than once the winery outside Epernay and the scale is huge although Moët & Chandon is even larger (the largest in Champagne with annual production around 30 m bottles out of a total regional output of 300 m bottles). The 2008 vintage is one of the greatest Champagne has experienced and is regularly compared with 2002, another stunning year. Ripe, rich appley fruit with a toasty, lightly nutty note. Full-bodied. Fresh but not as vivacious as many 2008s.

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