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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Trilogy 1988 1998 2008

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Description & Technical Information
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.

This incredibly rare trilogy from Moët & Chandon offers champagne connoisseurs and collectors alike the opportunity to undertake a thirty-year journey with this most famous of Champagne Houses. The unique Grand Vintage Trilogy features a 75cl bottle of each of the following three outstanding champagne vintages: Grand Vintage 1988, Grand Vintage 1998 and Grand Vintage 2008, all beautifully presented in a branded black wooden case.

Moët & Chandon 1988: A somewhat difficult season for the region began with some early mild spring weather, allowing flowering to occur without any problems. The early summer months showed signs of promise but July and August were cloudy and wet. September arrived and with it came a last flurry of sunshine. Champagnes that have been given time to age have developed amazing complexity due to the exceptional acidity levels of the grapes at harvest.

Moët & Chandon 1998: A warm harvest produced wines with very high acidity. The season began began with mild weather and sunny spells. The summer months were superb with average temperatures for August the highest since 1962. Generally revered as one of the best vintages from the 1990s, champagnes from 1998 are tasting sublime today.

Moët & Chandon 2008: Earmarked as having the potential to compete with 2002 on quality and ageing potential. The weather conditions began with relative mild and humid spells, but sunshine through the late spring with cool evenings leading into the summer months created ideal conditions before harvest. Grapes had great acidity and the ageing potential is astounding. The next big vintage!

According to Cellar Master Benoît Gouez, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988 has similar linear characteristics to the recently released 2008 and still has an incredible freshness quality to it. Discover their similarities for yourself with this prestige and rare Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Trilogy case, which includes three 75cl bottles as described, presented in a beautifully crafted and branded black wooden case (as shown in the picture on the left).
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Expert Reviews
93 → 96/100
Essi Avellan MW
“2008: Beautifully ageing citrussy nose with layers and layers of delicious toasty nuances. There is intrinsic finesse and cool fruitiness to the creamy textured palate. Lovely purity and precision but still with lots to come. An outstanding, new wave Grand Vintage to cellar.”
Jancis Robinson MW
“2008: 40% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinot Meunier from this famed vintage. Pretty steady tiny bead. Mildly toasty nose - some evolution evident. It is eight years old after all. Rather opulent nose follows through to a relatively rich palate and dense impact. Something just a little bit heavy handed about the tannins here. But it's refreshing enough. Though less so that the 2008 rosé.”
91 → 92/100
Essi Avellan MW
“1998: Lovely, bright, toast-laden nose with mild vegetal and sulphitic complexity in a positive way. Gunpowder comes through on the palate, too. Brisk, creamy, caressing palate with long, linear length. Very calm and seems rather mature already.”
Richard Hemming MW
“1998: Disgorged February 2013. 50% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier. Really toasty and mushroomy. Entrancing scent. Dried fruits and loads of wheaty biscuit character. Fades rather quickly, but the flavours are delicious, and they show lovely maturity. (RH)”
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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