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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012

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£164.00
Mix 6
£166.00
Per Bottle
£170.00
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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. Moet & Chandon 2012 is the 74th Grand vintage produced.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Predominantly Grand & Premier Crus
Grape Varieties: 41% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 26% Meunier
Disgorged: 2018
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 5 g/l
Cork: Mytik Diam Technological
Drink: Now to 2025+

Tasting Note: Hints of white flowers and sweet pastry. A supple and soft-textured champagne, its initial sweetness gives way to a more structured acidity. A persistent finish reveals zesty notes of pink grapefruit and peaches.
Champagne Moet & Chandon Overview
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Expert Reviews
91+/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2012 Grand Vintage is a very pretty, high-toned Champagne. Surprisingly nervous for this radiant vintage, the 2012 is going to need a bit of time to be at its best. Some of that may be attributable to early release of the 2012, which was bottled after only five years on its lees rather than the more customary seven or so because the house did not bottle either a 2010 or 2011 Grand Vintage, and the necessities of the market are what they are. Lemon confit, white flowers, and mint gradually open up in the glass. This is an especially taut style for the Grand Vintage, which is usually creamier and more open-knit in the early going. The blend is 41% Chardonnay, 36% Meunier and 33% Pinot Noir. Dosage is 5 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2018. ”
16.5+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“More Meunier than usual, with 26%, also 41% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Noir. Disgorged February 2018. They also specify this date and the dosage on the back label nowadays. For a long time they didn’t claim the Extra Brut category but since the 2009 vintage they have printed Extra Brut on the front label.
Really quite a rich nose with very light smokiness. Then very bright fruit with tangerine notes on the nose and then strong acidity. Very punchy and nice dry finish, 5 g/l.”
16/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged in October 2018 – and we're very grateful for this information! 42% Pinot Noir, of which 13% was still, plus 35% Chardonnay and 23% Pinot Meunier. Five years on the lees and a relatively low dosage of 5 g/l.
Quite a deep bronzey-pink. Smells much richer than you expect from such a low-dosage wine. It also tastes richer. Opulent wine that's quite ready now. No real need to age this. Though the balance is fine for now. Mouth-filling and creditable.”
92/100
Jamie Goode
“12.5% alcohol. 41% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir. Dosage 5 g/litre. Disgorged February 2018. The 74th release from this house. Lovely finesse here. Fruity with sweet citrus and pear notes, as well as some ripe peach and apricot hints. This has depth and generosity, and it’s really accessible, but there’s also some fine toast and bread complexity, and fine nuttiness. There’s a touch of nougat, too. Finishes long and fresh with a lemony tail. It’s rare that Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier are this high in the blend, but they work well here with the relatively low dosage.”
93/100
Peter Moser
“Light yellow-green, silver reflections; lively, persistent mousse. Juicy, white peach, a hint of mango and lime, soft smoky minerality, discreet biscuit. Taut, white stone fruit notes on the palate, fresh acidity, fine pear fruit expression on the finish, persistent, has ageing potential. An elegant food wine. (Deg. 10.2018).”
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Awards
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CSWWC Gold 2019
News Articles
  1. Moët & Chandon: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    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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