Moët & Chandon Champagne Blend Champagne Brut Impérial 2000
With its high percentage of Champagnersquo;s third grape, Pinot Meunier, as a result of the growing conditions of 2003, this is a great wine that is developing fast. It has more toast, less fruit, although its richness and weight are finely in balance with a yeasty cookie dough character.Add winemaker's notes
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With its high percentage of Champagnersquo;s third grape, Pinot Meunier, as a result of the growing conditions of 2003, this is a great wine that is developing fast. It has more toast, less fruit, although its richness and weight are finely in balance with a yeasty cookie dough character.
The ripe sweetness of the 2000 vintage adds to the fleshiness of this wine, seeming superrich without weight. The flavors range from vanilla bean to Brazil nut and citrusy lime, all structured around limestone minerality. Itrsquo;s elegant and refined, the flavors lasting with complexity. Serve with a paillard of chicken in chanterelles and cream.
While the aromatics are based on toastiness, the wine fills them out with a graceful firmness of texture. It tastes of toasted brioche, with a touch of candied lemon to heighten the flavor of buttery prawns sauteed with leeks.
A bready, mushroomy bouquet announces this handsome, fairly mature vintage offering. Quite effervescent, it displays apple and toast flavors, herb and mineral accents. Itrsquo;s an elegant wine fairly low in acidity and not for long-term keeping, but perfect for drinking over the next two years.
Moeuml;trsquo;s vintage, from the hot, low-yielding 2003 vintage, has an unusually high percentage of Pinot Meunier (43%), suggesting there is a distinct character to the year. Itrsquo;s certainly powerful and intense, soft initially, hinting at toast and yeast, the fruit almost sweet, even though the wine is a brut style. It is the rich strawberry flavors thatrsquo;s most surprising on a wine that really has integrated impressively.
Fairly youthful and fresh, with lively apple and floral notes alongside deeper, toastier aromas and flavors. Creamy in the mouth, and finishes with a hint of bitter grapefruit.
So slick and clean. The best standard-vintage Moeuml;t we have tasted in years. A solid wine that marries the ripe fruit perfectly with the toastiness. Full-bodied, refined and shows a silky texture. Perfect for drinking now, but will age for years.