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Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2006
"Sleek acidity trims the sails of this otherwise rich and expansive Champagne, keeping it finely balanced and racy throughout. Flavors of roasted hazelnut, crushed blackberry, ripe apricot, honey and ginger biscuit glide on the silky palate to a saline-tinged finish." *-Wine Spectator (94 Points)*
Had this in France, you can really tell that 2004 was a great year for Champagne!
Bright acidity for being 10 years old drinking well but I see a future in this wine hold for a few years and revisit. nice lemon colour slightly more complex and acidic than the imperial N.V.
External Reviews for Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut
Minerally overtones accent flavors of candied black cherry, black currant and gumdrop that remain fresh, with a lively bead and well-cut acidity carrying accents of lemon zest, biscuit and fresh herb. Elegant yet expressive. Drink now through 2020.
Vintage Champagne is always the ultimate expression of a producer. This shows the approachable character of Moët wines, while adding intensity and complexity. It is taut and minerally, with a spiced apple note and nervy acidity. It’s now ready to drink, but it also has good aging potential.
The 2004 Brut Grand Vintage bursts from the glass with layers of rich, tropical fruit. A big, boisterous wine, the 2004 is not shy, that’s for sure. Expressive yellow fleshed fruits, smoke, spices and pastry are some of the many nuances that take shape in this broad-shouldered wine. The 2004 settles down a bit with air, but never loses its essentially extroverted, flashy personality. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2019.
With its high percentage of Champagne’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.
Moët’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. It’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 flavor that’s most surprising on a wine that really has integrated impressively.
The estate’s 2003 Grand Vintage offers attractive notes of honey, smoke, apricots in a full-bodied, generous personality. There is good length, yet slightly bitter tannins on the finish detract from the wine’s overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2008–2013.
Vivid gold with a strong bead. Lemon meringue, cherry pit and smoky minerals on the nose, along with a suave, nutty undertone. Fleshy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are firmed by a bitter fruit skin quality and sweetened by floral honey. Less rich than I would expect from this vintage, with good finishing lift and cling.
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