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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra-Brut 2008

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra-Brut 2008

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra-Brut 2008

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Extra-Brut 2008 Overview

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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 Vincent Chaperon, 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: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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: Predominantly Grand & Premier Crus
Grape Varieties: 40% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 23% 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.
Champagne Moet & Chandon History
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Antonio Galloni
“Tasted from magnum, the 2008 Brut Grand Vintage is broad and ample on the palate, with terrific volume that emerges with time in the glass. Lemon peel, pastry and white flowers give the 2008 brightness, but what I like most here is a very distinctive sense of verticality that gives the wine the spine to balance its more overt leanings.”
93 → 96/100
Essi Avellan MW
“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.”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“40% Chardonnay, 37% Pinot Noir, 23% Pinot Meunier, from predominantly grand and premier crus. Aged for seven years on the lees. Dosage 5 g/l. Mytik Diam technological cork closure.
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?
Drink 2017-2022”
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. Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    June 15, 2017

    We compared fifteen 2008s (+ new Krug Grande Cuvée based on 2008) to assess the quality of this emerging vintage in champagne. For reference, we tasted five 2002s alongside - and threw in a couple of curveballs to keep everyone alert!
  3. 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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