The runner-up in this prestigious tasting was Deutz’s stylish and precise Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs from the excellent 2008 vintage. The season produced wines of great refinement and energy, which was reflected in our scores: four cuvées achieved 93 points or more.
It’s now time to stock your cellar, as 2008 is the current release for many houses – and top of your shopping list should certainly be Louis Roederer’s Cristal, for its sheer purity; for another expression of excellence, PiperHeidsieck’s vintage is ready to drink. A note of caution: the clear glass bottles used for Amour de Deutz and Cristal are prone to light-strike, and our first bottle of Amour carried the nasty, cabbage-like flavour associated with the issue. In an effort to avoid this, make sure you only buy bottles that have been stored in a box, with the protective cellophane still wrapped around the bottles.