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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988 Champagne 75cl
|Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988 - 75cl||Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988 - 75cl||£320.00
Since then, Moët & Chandon have grown by acquiring other champagne estates, selling them forward and keeping their prestigious vineyards. Such large-scale production could only operate under the leadership of a truly superb Chef de Caves and in Benoît Gouez, Moët have one of the best. With a ten-man oenologist team led by chief Dom Pérignon winemaker Richard Geoffroy, Benoît has access to the most academic minds and palates in the region, no doubt a huge driving factor behind his success. Now proprietors to the largest amount of land: some 1,190-hecatres of rich limestone soil, and the largest extent of cellars: over twenty eight kilometres, Moët & Chandon's future is as secure as their champagnes are delicious.
Cellar Master: Benoît Gouez
Winery Location: Épernay | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): Undisclosed
The 1988 vintage was a late, rainy season with a good yield and perfect acidity. Generally considered a very good vintage, champagnes from this year are typically full-bodied and will remain in a condition of wonderful balance for a long time to come. Harvesting began relatively late: September 26th for the Pinot Noir and Meunier and September 27th for the Chardonnay. An average 9.3 alcohol level and 9.6 g/L acidity at harvest time resulted in a balance that can be characterised as taut.
Vineyards: Predominantly Grand & Premier Crus
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: 14 years on the lees
Disgorged: October 2003
Dosage: 7.5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2022
Tasting Note: A golden yellow colour with a fine bead, the initial aromas are dry and slightly smokey, with roasted hazelnuts. On the palate, an invigorating citrus and zesty notes with hints of honey, almond and dried fruits. The finish is long and lasting.
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Moet & Chandon History
The famous Champagne house Moët & Chandon was first founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, a wine trader, and was originally called Moët et Cie (Moët and Co). However, Claude's grandson Jean Remy Moët was the man who drove the house onto the heights it has reached today.
Following the introduction of the concept of a vintage champagne in 1840, Moët marketed its first vintage in 1842. Their best-selling brand, Brut Imperial was introduced in the 1860s. Moët & Chandon is the world's largest producer of Champagne, making over 26 million bottles per year. The 1,190 hectares of rich limestone soil, 50% of which is classified Grand Cru and 25% Premier Cru make up the largest vineyard area in Champagne. Further, not only does the house own the most amount of land but also the largest extent of cellars, some 28 kilometres.
Moët & Chandon merged with Hennessy Cognac in 1971 and with Louis Vuitton in 1987 to become LVMH (Louis-Vuitton-Moët-Hennessy), the largest luxury group in the world, netting over €37.6 billion in fiscal 2016. Moët & Chandon hold a royal warrant as supplier of Champagne to Queen Elizabeth II.