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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988

Per Bottle
£448.00
Description & Technical Information
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Moët & Chandon are the most famous producers in Champagne. First founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, it was the marketing acumen of Rémy Moët which initiated the brand's international fame and mass volume production. 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.

Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the Cellar Master's interpretation of the singular year that is produced. The Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit is founded on three essential values: Freedom of interpretation, selection of the year's most remarkable wines and individuality of the vintage.

Weather:
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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Predominantly Grand & Premier Crus
Grape Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% 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.
Champagne Moet & Chandon Overview
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Expert Reviews
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Essi Avellan MW
“Tasted only in magnum. Bright golden colour. This wine had me at the first sniff. Incredible nose that flirts with its endless toasty layers. The aromas are on the tertiary side with figs, butter, nuts and honey intermingling. The magnum affect is boosted on the amazingly fresh, vibrant and youthful palate. The fruitiness shows no signs of declining. An 1988 at its prime. ”
News Articles
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    Moët & Chandon: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    May 10, 2019

    Moët & Chandon winemaker Amine Ghanem talked us through the trials and tribulations of the 2018 vintage during our last visit to Champagne. He acknowledged it was a "challenging" vintage, but overall still "one of the best years region wide" - the resulting base wines he showed us were outstanding.
  2. Moët & Chandon: Innovation, Innovation, Innovation

    Moët & Chandon: Innovation, Innovation, Innovation

    April 6, 2017

    Enlightening, educational and at times jaw-dropping, our visit to Moët was one of a kind. Amine Ghanem showed us the 2016 Vins Clairs, new Grand Vintage 2008, a 1988 magnum and the ultra-prestige MCIII.
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