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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 Champagne 75cl
|Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 - 75cl||Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008 - 75cl||£66.95
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
After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.
Vineyards: Predominantly Grand & Premier Crus
Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinot Meunier
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Dosage: 5 g/l
Cork: Mytik Diam Technological
Drink: Now to 2027
Tasting Note: Vanilla notes on the nose gradually expand into darker toastier notes of roasted almonds. On the palate deep flavours of fleshy fruits, peaches and grapefruit. There is a superb silky texture that combines with the full bodied Pinot Noir.
Tasted blind. Quite rich and ripe on the nose. Lightly smoky and rather Pinot-esque. Full and broad and zesty. Orange-peel note. Tight and tense. But very rewarding. Texture like sandpaper. Complete. 2009?
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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.