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Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the Cellar Master’s free, personal interpretation in service of revealing the exceptional personality of singular vintage years.
mature - harmonious - precise
Every Grand Vintage is a reinvention, an affirmation of know-how, a free and personal interpretation by the Chef de Cave to reveal each vintage's unique character.
Grand Vintage 2002 perfectly embodies the spirit of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage champagnes. That spirit is based on three essential values :
* freedom of interpretation
* selection of the year's most remarkable wines
* individuality of the vintage
to achieve champagnes that stand out for their maturity, complexity and presence.
Chardonnay : 51 %
Pinot Noir : 26 %
Pinot Meunier : 23 %
Dosage 5.5 g/litre
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Grand Vintage 2002 pairs perfectly with
* Scallops, prawns, scampi
* Poultry/ white meat
* Duck filet / beef filet
* Pepper, Espelette pepper
* Fresh herbs
A cold winter and a mild late spring cued for a perfect June allowing early and fast flowering. Outstanding weather conditions prevailed and the season went on without dramatic turns. Rains in August raised concerns regarding gray rot, but finally sunshine and dry conditions throughout September resulted in an abundant crop of largely healthy fruit (11,930 kg/ha). Dehydration due to wind further aided in achieving perfect ripeness and additional concentration. This, and the cool nights, helped in retaining fresh acidity and, despite the ripeness (10.3% potential alcohol), the wines did not suffer from heaviness or a lack of life. A near-perfect vintage, which produced balanced Champagnes consistently around the region. The best show an impeccable combination of freshness, power, structure and finesse. However, some have matured aromatically quicker than expected and are already past their peak. 2002 produced an abundance of spectacular champagnes, such as Dom Pérignon (the entire range), Krug Vintage and Clos du Mesnil, Piper-Heidsieck Rare, Louis Roederer Cristal and Cristal Rosé, Ruinart Dom Ruinart and Dom Ruinart Rosé, Salon Le Mesnil and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, to name a few.