Highlights: Champagne De Saint Gall Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2008

Champagne De Saint Gall Orpale Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2008 France
12.5% alcohol. De Saint-Gall are a growers cooperative and this is their prestige cuvée. It’s quite brilliant, and in a peer group with the top Blanc de Blancs Champagnes. Wonderfully aromatic with sweet citrus fruit, some white peach, and fine bread and toast notes. There’s a richness and also a subtlety to the nose. The palate has structure and also keen acidity, but it’s well integrated into the toasty citrus fruit. There’s a touch of grapefruit here, a bit of pithiness, and a superb balance with the ripe fruit so well countered by the acid and fine bitter hints. It’s a serious effort. I’d love to see this blind in a line-up with some other prestige cuvées. 94/100 (UK agent Daniel Lambert)

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