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Moët & Chandon can trace its history back to 1743 when it was established by Claude Moët in 1743. It is now part of the massive LVMH group and is by far the largest house in Champagne, producing a staggering 24 million bottles a year and with nearly 30 kilometres of cellars to mature its stocks.
Quality at Moët & Chandon has improved hugely under the auspices of master blender, Richard Geoffroy, who brought a silkiness, finesse and elegance to the wines that they were previously lacking. Moet's Chief winemaker is now Georges Blanck.
Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial has for many years been the world's best selling non-vintage Champagne and is consistently soft, fresh and very well balanced. The Vintage Brut Impérial is one of the best value vintage Champagnes on the market, while the firm's top cuvée, Dom Pérignon, is one of the greatest Champagnes in the world.
Moët & Chandon now has outposts in Spain, California, Brazil and Australia, where it produces very high quality sparkling wines sold under the Green Point label.
Bottle 6 x 75cl2cs
2004, as, coincidentally with most of the ‘even’ vintages this century, is shaping up extremely well. Moet’s Rosé adds 22% of Pinot Noir to a blend which is otherwise shared equally between the three classic Champagne varietals. The wine has a gentle copper colour and a nose which marries blue and black fruit and soft spice. In the mouth there is an impressive mousse and a forward red-fruit personality, the finish betraying inherent complexity with notes of licorice, bitter chocolate and dried fig all brought to the party. And some party it is.
Simon Field - Wine Buyer
Bottle 6 x 75cl6cs
The problem of being the market leader is that there is always an expectation that volume equates to mediocrity; Moet disprove this theory eloquently with their Non Vintage cuvée and even more with this outstanding vintage wine, courtesy the excellent crop of 2006. The blend is shared between Chardonnay ( 42%), Pinot Noir ( 39%) and Pinot Meunier ( 19%) and the dosage is a mere 5 g/l. The wine has a classic pale yellow colour and evocative aromatics of Mirabelle plum, nectarine and fresh brioche. The palate is equally attractive, with a persistent mousse, a soft creamy richness and a flamboyant, bitter sweet finish. A revelation, enfin.
Simon Field - Wine Buyer Seemingly a character of many 2006 Champagne releases, the initial nose is relatively subdued but still offers a distinct vinous quality and layered richness comes through with a little more exploration. The richness on the nose is backed up by a fleshy front palate and notes of pear and soft yellow and red fruits. A classy freshness then kicks in that for me elevates it above the previous 2005 release. Spring vegetables and a touch of gooseberry bring a taut liveliness to the finish resulting in a fine and refined length. Peter Newton, Private Account Manager
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs