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Champagne Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Rosé and Millesime 2008

27 November,2018

Mother and daughter Bernadette and Elodie Marion have operated their boutique Champagne house Marion-Bosser at Hautvilliers, near Epernay since 1994. They own 4 ha of premier cru sited vines planted to 1.7 ha of Pinot Noir, 1.8 ha of Pinot Noir and 0.5 ha of Chardonnay, producing a Brut Tradition, Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs, a Brut Rosé and a Millesime vintage wine. www.champagnemarionbosser.fr Champagne Marion-Bosser is imported and distributed by Andrew and Marie Lindsay who have ‘Three French Vines’, a company specialising in importing and distributing Champagne from high quality small producers, www.threefrenchvines.com Here I review the Champagne Marion-Bosser Brut Rosé and Millesime 2008.


Marion-Bosser Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé NV

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne


Moderately deep salmon-pink colour with light eye-of-the-partridge hues on the edge, the bubbles very fine and very persistent. The nose is elegantly concentrated and packed with intense aromas of savoury strawberry fruit and yellow stonefruits melded harmoniously with complexing bready-yeasty autolysis and subtle notes of nutty aldehyde detail. This retains freshness and red floral notes emerge in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is well-proportioned with sweet and luscious flavours of yellow stonefruits entwined with red berry fruit along with red floral elements. The autolysis is subtle and lies in the background. The mouthfeel is lively and mouthwatering, the tannins quite integrated. The wine has a creamy mouthfeel, and flows along a fine-textured line with bright acidity lending line and energy, carrying to a lingering, refreshing finish. This is a softly sweet and lush dry Rosé Champagne with stonefruit, red berry and floral flavours with subtle autolysis on a creamy palate. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2-3 years. A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 36% Pinot Noir with 14% still red Pinot Noir wine, fermented to 12.5% alc. and 9 g/L dosage, the wine aged 3 years on lees in bottle. Lot LB48803R. 18.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $68.95

Marion-Bosser Champagne Premier Cru Millesime 2008

Sparkling Wine from France – Champagne


Full, even light golden-hued yellow colour, a little paler on the edge, the bubbles moderately fine and very persistent. The bouquet is very elegant and refined in presentation with intense aromas of white stonefruits and white and yellow florals along with a complex amalgam of bready-yeasty autolysis and delicate nuances of secondary aldehydic detail just beginning to emerge. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated and intense flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with floral lift, and refined bready-yeasty autolysis. Very subtle aldehyde detail adds to the complexity. The mouthfeel is creamy and lush with gentle mousse, and the wine flows smoothly along a seamless line with poised acidity providing energy. The wine carries to a refined, sustained finish of stonefruits and yeast. This is an elegant, finely concentrated Vintage Champagne with beautifully balanced stonefruit and bready autolysis o a seamless palate. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 3-4 years. A blend of 50% each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, fermented to 12.5% alc. with 8 g/L dosage, the wine aged 5 years on lees in bottle. Lot LB91641P. 18.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $78.95

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