This is the luxury cuvee of Moet & Chandon. It might be the most well known of all of the luxury cuvees. The amazing thing is that they make 5 million bottles of this wine every time they produce it. Of course, it is not produced in every vintage. They have made a 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and now this 2008. So, it is made almost every year. The 2008 is special though. it is probably the best vintage since 1996. It is expensive, but for a top notch luxury Champagne it is reasonable. If you do open a bottle, pay attention. Don't just open to start a night and let the f
Dosage is 8 grams per liter. Silvery light gold in color. A nice amount of smaller bubbles. The nose has seltzer and gun powder. On the palate, this is lively. Plenty of a (red) apples with a tart sourness that is very nice. A reasonably long finish. This is an affordable Champagne that is very user friendly. It will work well on its own and with just about any foods but especially salty foods. This should be consumed within the first few years of release. There was no disgorgement date on this bottle so purchase from stores with good turnover.
Yowza. This is certainly a step up from the 2000 P2 and the regular 2002 version of this wine. The P2 signifies that is saw about another 8 years of bottle ageing (under cork) before its final dosage. The dosage is also less sugar than the regular version. Just a stunning and youthful wine. Light golden in color. The nose is great. It has this quality not too unlike homemade pie dough. Not yeasty but doughy. Also some tart lemons and minerals. On the palate, this has a lemon candy quality with minerals underneath. Tart lemons on the finish. This is persistent and lengthy and see
This is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. It was disgorged on October, 2017. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has minerals, slight lemons and a bit of spice/oak. On the palate, this has good acidity. It has a lemon hard candy quality to it, that I find enjoyable. Lots of energy. Long finish. This should drink well for the next five to seven years. It will pair well with most foods.
Always nice to revisit this wine. This time it was in a tasting with other sparkling wines and tasted blind. It started out quite tight and took some time to open up. It continued to open up all night long. it was the groups wine of the night though not mine. Light golden in color. The nose has a lemon/citrus quality to it along with minerals and slight ginger. On the palate, the citrus carries thru with nice minerality. Good acidity. This is just starting to enter its peak period and should be good for another decade or more before slowly starting to fade. With the (better) 2008
This is 100% Chardonnay from a vineyard originally planted in 1951. Les Avats means "All Good" in old French. Silvery gold in color. The nose has minerals and lemons with slight yeast notes. On the palate, this is slightly sweet. Not a lot of effervescence. It seems slightly oxidized. I don't know if that is the house style or an issue with this bottle. Either way, it is not to a level of being a problem. The lemon/citrus carries thru to the palate. Nice finish. This probably should be consumed in the next five years if this bottle is representative. It will go with most foods.
This ubiquitous Champagne seems to be everywhere and sometimes, that means it can be easy to look past it (for wine geeks anyway). It is quite good. This is actually a special bottling to celebrate their 150th anniversary of their founding in 1869. It is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (30% to 40%) and the rest Chardonnay. Golden in color with a bit of copper. The nose is nice with toast, apple and slight ginger. On the palate, this has nice full carbonation. Good acidity. Slight tannins. Pears and apples. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should cont
This is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is 50% from 2013, and 50% from 2014 and 2015. It was disgorged on 12/2017. Silvery gold in color. The nose is interesting with toast, pear, slight dried floral notes but also this interesting chocolate quality. It took some time to open on the palate and continued to improve all evening. Notes of pears with good acidity. A slightly oily texture. A bit clipped initially on the finish, that worked itself out with air. This needs some time to develop. It certainly should improve with a couple of years of good cellaring. Then, it
Golden in color, slightly copper. On the nose this has a bit of toast, slight ginger, and a bit of straw/yeast. On the palate, there is some citrus. Some strawberries. Just a touch of residual sugar. This seems to be showing some age and probably should be consumed in the next couple of years. It will work well with medium or lighter foods, especially sea foods.
Great label with lots of info. The base wine for this NV wine is 2013. it is 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. This bottle was disgorged on 04/2018. It is also a really good wine. Medium gold in color. The nose has apples, honey, and slight ginger and minerals. On the palate, this has a nice backbone of acidity. Tart apple fruit. Lots of depth and complexity. Long finish. This is drinking well now and should for at least the next five to seven years. It will work with just about any food.