At 40 years old, the oenologist and agronomic engineer Nicolas Uriel is appointed Cellar Manager at Champagne Thiénot.
Peter Dean from The Buyer Magazine visited the tasting and one of his highlights was Champagne Thiénot 2008!
The Official #Champagne Experience Day 2017 had to compete with a number of challenging factors this year: a new venue, a busy tastings calendar, Twitter rage and figures that showed that Champagne sales to the UK, the region’s largest export market by far, were down both in value and volume.
The strength of the 2008 vintage was one of the key highlights of the Official #Champagne Experience Day, along with other vintages, a region to watch, a clever release strategy and a Champagne to really knock your socks off.
All in all there were 68 Champagne brands showing their wines, this year in the new venue of Central Saint Martins’ base at King’s Cross.
Aside from the exhibitors tables there were three self-pour zones featuring Vintage, Rosé and Blanc de Blancs which reinforced the positive spin from the figures that UK consumers are turning away from cut-price Champagne from the multiples and prepared to spend money on prestige cuvées.
Sommeliers I talked to at the event reinforced this – that, nice though it is to discover new wines at this tasting, customers bending the plastic in the on-trade are more likely to go for a name they know.
The 2008 vintage is drinking very well indeed
Of all the vintages on show on the Vintage table it was the 22 wines from 2008 that really shone and provided opportunity to pick up wines that were punching above their weight.
The well known marques made classic, structured wines in 2008 – Pol Roger and Moët were showing well – but I counted 10 producers who are less well known that also delivered the goods in this vintage, Devaux, Drappier, H.Blin, Palmer and Thiénot were outstanding with clear, precise, fruity wines with enough structure to reward cellaring, although all were drinking very well on the day.