Vintages

 
 

Rare Millésime 2002

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

Perfectly classic, Rare Millésime 2002 combines spicy aromas with freshness, oriental scents with minerality, purity with precision. The weather was idyllic and benevolent sunny weather gave a generous harvest with magnificent grapes. An exceptional summer resulted in a deep, sumptuous vintage.

The first scent is subtly floral with touches of honeysuckle, iris and jasmine. Then, notes of exotic fruits (mango and kiwi), dialogue with vetiver and exotic woody scents. On the flawless nose, the mild spices reflect the wine’s depth (white pepper, ginger, smoked tea and cumin) and enhance its magnificent and complex minerality. The silky lace of mocha flirts with the soft breath of exotic aromas (mint tea, lime, kumquat, mango, kiwi and candied ginger) to underline the purity and the texture of this vintage. Delightful vivacity and superb bouquet of spices leads to a delicate, long finish. Drink until 2035.


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Rare Millésime 1999

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

Rare Millésime 1999 reveals an eccentricity, a result of extreme weather conditions. During the year, temperatures varied wildly. From May to September, violent hailstorms destroyed a part of vineyards but did not prevent the blossoming of an exceptional champagne.

On the palate, its extraverted qualities go hand in hand with a caressing distinction and audacious freshness. Deep-yellow, energetic bubbles dance in an extroverted effervescence.

Bewitching scents of tuberose, iris and narcissus lead to notes of mountain hay, soft fruits and accents of black truffle and vanilla. A caressing opulence unveils fleshy notes of herbal tea, Mirabelle plum, bergamot and spices (cinnamon, curcuma, clove) with a lingering aftertaste of candied fruits. Drink until 2022.


Rare Millésime 1998

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

Released for the first time in magnum, Rare Millésime 1998 captivates as its power expresses richness and complexity before merging into delicate elegance. The weather was wet and sweltering. During a year of pouring rains, a heat wave in August burnt the grapes, nevertheless resulting in a vibrant and complex vintage.

Sparkling golden green highlights with refined, delicate bubbles. An initial and extremely elegant touch of sandalwood and cedar gives way to a more generous and precise bouquet of gingerbread, orange blossom and dried apricot. The lasting aromas are those of meringue, cocoa and licorice, finishing with a more mineral tone of underwood, camphor and bergamot orange. Between firmness and warmth, richness and complexity, its marvelous purity expresses creamy notes of peony, brown sugar and delicious aromas of gingerbread blossoming in a sheer freshness and an everlasting finish. Drink until 2035.

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Rare Millésime 1988

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

Following an intense year, Rare Millésime 1988 is a generous and heady wine. The weather was uneven and weeks of record heat vied with very cool temperatures, unveiling a mature and opulent vintage. Its “coziness” demands that the wine be savored like a great cognac. Given its enticing, welcoming sophistication, it offers incredible ageing potential. In the bright, deep gold hues, vivid yet discreet bubbles weave an attractive effervescence.

An initial plump scent of plants, dried fern and humus, is followed by a sensuous truffle fragrance and the floral overtones of figs and dates. The core is characterized by warm notes of ripe grains, refreshed by verbena. The velvety texture of cocoa beans gives way to more powerful notes of dried fruit, hazelnuts and dried currants. The aromas of plants and herbs, peppered with hints of eucalyptus, is combined with the delicious scents of sandalwood and incense. The final harmonies of tobacco, truffle and “old library” unfurl in an extraordinary freshness and aristocratic roundness, even 30 years after bottling. Drink until 2030.


Rare Rosé Millésime 2007

56% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir

The first rosé vintage by Rare Champagne, the bold and sensual style and impressive minerality of Rare Rosé Millésime 2017 are a tribute to the pure fresh style of Rare Champagne. Few Houses dared to make a 2007 vintage because of the difficult and risky weather conditions. The year got off to a very rocky start, with inconsistent flowering. A mild winter gave way to spring frosts and pouring rains in the summer, followed by a cold front in August.

A golden pink color with glints of copper and rose petals, reminiscent of the palette of 19th-century Orientalist painters, its effervescence is regular and beaded. The taste of red fruits flourishes against an elegant minerality, then merges into notes of spices, pomegranate, vanilla and passion fruit with a dash of paprika. Long and persistent with the vibrant finish, peppered with accents of gingerbread, mocha and licorice, followed by Persian scents of sandalwood and rosewood. A generous, full-bodied and refined wine. Drink until 2022.


Thanks to their spectacular and original character, Rare Millésime from 1976, 1979, 1985 and 1990 belong to Rare Champagne library.


Rare Millésime 1976

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

The drought devastating France gave birth to an unparalleled vintage. Rare Millésime 1976 is unequalled for its intense yet serene nuances. Its legendary freshness is still surprising and will continue to amaze for a long time. An intense amber-coloured nectar with very discreet effervescence, it is intense on the nose with extraordinary and expressive notes of Asian fruit in syrup (lychee, arbutus), apple, and caramel blossom. On the palate, its incredible purity expresses Calisson d’Aix candies (honey, almonds) and the underwood. The finishing woody aromas of boletus deliver a feeling of serenity. Enhanced by notes of licorice and tropical candied fruits, this collector’s vintage still has many surprises to unveil.

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Rare Millésime 1979

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

A cold and rainy spring caused late blossoming and a delayed harvest but the vintage is quite distinguished. Harvested after a late crop, Rare Millésime 1979 is amazing for its absolute clarity and sharpness. A stately vintage, its freshness expresses a peaceful power. A shimmering shade of amber, it captivates the eye with a serene effervescence. An initial floral nose offers unusual scents of dried flowers (powdered roses, violet, lilacs), followed by notes of honey, scented paper. A second whiff reveals spicier notes of vanilla, ground almonds, brown sugar, chocolate, salted butter caramel and coffee. On the palate, it is vibrant with noble accents of white truffle, cumin, wet hay with a remarkable and a distinctive, slightly woody finish expressing the perfect clarity of the vintage.


Rare Millésime 1985

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

A freezing winter, followed by a black frost and bleak summer, produced a poor harvest but a vintage with a majestic personality with an amazing structure that flourishes year after year. An intense shade of deep and effervescent gold, toasted notes and mineral tones combine with the autumnal harmonies of dry fruits and toasted aromas. The palate is spectacular and displays subtle notes of candied fruits, intense accents of truffle and Armagnac, and floral harmonies that give a brilliant energy and spectacular finish to this impressive vintage. Thanks to its remarkable structure, it will continue to improve over the years while keeping its vivacity.

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Rare Millésime 1990

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir

The weather was extremely challenging: terrible frost in April destroyed almost entirely half of the vineyards, leading to a difficult blossoming in a warm, sunny summer yet Rare Millésime 1990 shows a powerful balance. Lively aristocratic bubbles dance in a deep, intensely brilliant robe. On the nose, candied citrus fruits offer fine-cut aromas, sharpened and underlined by notes of crème brulée, cognac, roasted pineapple, rum-baba and toasted wood. The palate is harmonious. The velvety warm taste of dates, figs, smooth spices and wax deliver a profound harmony and discreet sensuality.