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Dom Perignon The 2015 harvest

Heat. Drought. As you are surely aware, those are the keywords for 2015 so far. The heat was so intense at times that 2015 has already been labelled the warmest year in a decade, and possibly the year with the highest average temperatures since we began recording them. However the heat itself was eclipsed by a drought that was comparable to 1976’s, and which intensified after the flowering. The drought was actually so extreme in June and July, windy months that barely saw any rainfall, that the humidity levels in the soils were even lower than in 1976.

These two factors influenced each vineyard in a different way, depending on their terroir, soil, and vigor, combining to create a specific level of resistance. As a consequence, we expect widely different picking times based on these characteristics and the reaction of each vineyard to the rainfalls of late August.

The positive side is clearly that the sanitary conditions are excellent and that they put no pressure on the harvest schedule. We are therefore at a liberty to pick exactly when we see fit. Right now we observe that the alcohol potential is somewhat high relative to the aromatic and phenolic maturity. Our aim is to wait until all indicators are more in line with each other.

We started picking last week. Most of our efforts are focused on developing the perfect planning which will account for the vast heterogeneity in maturities that we currently witness, and allow us to harvest each vineyard at precisely the right time.

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History

The legendary Moët & Chandon is celebrating 270 years as the world’s most loved champagne.

For over a quarter of a millennium, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the House’s hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness and elegance—values still at the heart of its global appeal.
Toward the end of the 18th century, Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, became famous as the man who introduced champagne to the world. The important figures of the era, from the Marquise de Pompadour to Talleyrand to Napoleon quickly fell in love with the House’s effervescent wine. Moët & Chandon was soon the icon of success and elegance that it remains to this day.

The pioneering spirit has always defined our brand, in every arena from viniculture to new ways of celebrating with champagne. It all began with our founder Claude Moët’s vision of transforming a prestigious but little known regional wine into a favourite of cosmopolitans and courtiers throughout Europe. His grandson Jean-Rémy Moët set out to conquer the market and soon transformed Moët & Chandon into an international symbol of celebration, accomplishing his lifelong goal of “sharing the magic of champagne with the world.”
Innovation has been our watchword ever since, making the world’s most glamorous wine new and exciting for each generation

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Vineyards

Among our first emblematic gestures were the sabering of bottles and the christening of ships. The 20th century saw the arrival of yet more pioneering gestures that are still favourite traditions today. Did you know, that the exuberant spray of champagne is accredited to Moët & Chandon dating back to the celebrations of the winners of the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1967. When Dan Gurney was handed the Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon and used the bottle like a firehose and deliberately sprayed champagne over the guests. A symbol was established, and the name of Moët & Chandon was to be inextricably linked to the winners’ champagne and to explosions of joy and celebration. The champagne pyramid, the dazzling cascade of sparkling bubbles that lights up glamorous parties and receptions around the world? Moët created that overflowing symbol of festivity as well.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the wine which best expresses the quintessential qualities of champagne is made from grapes grown on the most extensive estate in the region.  Of our 1,150 hectares (2,840 acres) of rich chalk soil, 50% aregrands crus and 25% are premiers crus.

As the grapes that impart their incomparable flavour to our wines, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, come from vineyards in all of the five main areas of Champagne, we have the luxury of choice and the luxury of choosing the best.

With vineyards in Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aube , we have access to approximately 200 of the 323 crus in the region, including a total of 17 grands crus and 32 of the 44 premiers crus.
This wide-ranging diversity of fruits and vineyards ensures the optimum selection of grapes, enabling us to maintain the constancy of Moët Impérial and the originality of Grand Vintage.

New technology combined with the best of traditional craftsmanship is helping us ensure that the legendary quality and style of our champagnes never falters. As nature is at the very heart of Moët, our latest advances in sustainable viniculture to preserve and protect the environment are among our proudest accomplishments.

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Winemaking

As Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouez’s mastery of his art ensures champagne with the distinctive Moët & Chandon character.

His style and integrity are essential to bringing out the best in each year’s harvest, in his words, “highlighting and sublimating the special characteristics of the grapes grown in Champagne.” With his consummate respect for the natural qualities of the fruit, this young, atypical Chef de Cave is the ideal guardian of the Moët & Chandon spirit.

 

Did you know that Moët Imperial, the House’s flagship champagne, owes its name to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
He visited our estates in Epernay numerous times and awarded Jean-Remy Moët one of France’s highest honours, the medal of the Légion d’honneur. Legend has it that Napoleon and his troops invented the tradition of sabering open bottles of Moët to celebrate victory.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Memorable dinner at Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka, the first and only Teppanyaki restaurant in Europe awarded with a Michelin star with wines like Bouchard Montrachet 2014,  Dom Perignon P2 Rosé 1996 etc..highly recommend!

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  4 wines 

Château Rieussec 2001 / Almost amber yellow color. Nose full of apricot and honey, you could almost chew it. On palate little too much acidity, but still wonderful – loads of exotic sweet fruit tastes. Just buy a bottle and taste it, then you know. Not a 100 points wine just now, maybe some years later, but still 98 points. Prize-quality ratio is one of the best ever.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The Finnish summer has not started yet - the sea is still cold (+14c) and it's raining every second day - but the colder the weather is, the better is the taste:)


Here are some summer wines I have tried between the showers.

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 Christoph Hons, Wine Blogger (United Kingdom)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Weekly tasting at Park Chinois London

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  10 wines 

some weekend wines

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  6 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Delicious Dom Pérignon day :) 

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 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Some great Champagnes from 1990's decade

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  7 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  7 wines 

Dom Pérignon 1996 Oenotheque / This is the most impressive Dom Perignon that I have tasted with an incredible linear focus and a tension that suggests this wine will cellar for decades. This Oenotheque was re-released in 2012, about ten years after its first release in 2003/2004. A very youthful Champagne with a light lemon hue with flavours that are incredibly fresh; the toasty, layered flavours are very long in the finish. 98p

2m 10d ago

 Pekka Ala-Pietila  tasted  19 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Great Dom Pérignon vertical tasting from 1943 vintage to 2005 vintage.

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 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Giacomo Conterno Barolo Riserva Monfortino 1947 -2006. An absolutely stunning tasting, showcasing the greatest, seminal Barolos in the world. The sheer range and majesty of the wines was extraordinary.

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 Tuula Hällström, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Some interesting Friday evening wines like Messorino 2004, Femme 1996, Greywacke 2015 etc.

2m 22d ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  4 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  14 wines 

nice peeps good wines. really enjoyed DP Rosé and P2 :P 

2m 24d ago

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