Yesterday Richard had a digital tasting of the new vintages of Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage’ & ‘Grand Vintage Rosé’ of with chef de caves Benoît Gouez.
2013 Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage’
TASTING NOTE ‘A different vintage and a fine and sublime wine that exudes more vintage character than house style. Autumn aromas and energy are stylistic keywords for Benoît Gouez as he characterizes his creation this year. The harvest was late and gave a cooler impression than the previous vintages. According to Benoit, it was easy to find nice Chardonnay, but much harder to find really good blue grapes. Nice mousse and intense brilliant color. The autumn notes of forest and nuts meet roasted almonds, vanilla and coffee. As usual, the fruit is moderately concentrated and refined with notes of Granny Smith, pear, lemon, grapefruit and nectarines. Like all wines from 2013, the taste is lively and energetic with fine freshness in a slightly lighter style and more mineral-driven than perhaps any other vintage since 2003 when Benoit took over the composition of this legendary cuvée. Nowadays always with a low 5 gram dosage. I would assume that the aftertaste needs another three years to reach optimal length and all the building blocks are there for even longer storage. A unique vintage in many ways where Benoit has of course succeeded very well.’
2013 Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage Rosé’
TASTING NOTE ‘Even in the rosé, Benoît Gouez has allowed the vintage character to dominate over the house style and the purity is kept intact through the low dosage of 5 grams. The color is light pink with hints of orange created by an ever lower proportion of still red wine for each new vintage. A charming fruity bouquet dominated by red berries, red citrus, dark chocolate and coffee as well as dried roses. Slightly wider and more mature than its white edition with good grape character of Pinot Noir in the form of chocolate, cherries and beets. At the same time more Chardonnay driven than usual with purity and chalk. Good aftertaste with fine minerality and a hint of mouth-watering grapefruit bitterness. At present, the two variants from 2013 feel more similar to each other than they usually are, but that can change quite a few times during the time travel they have in front of them. In any case, they are two elegant and classic examples of the 2013 vintage.’87(91)p