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Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the cellar master’s personal, free interpretation in service of the singular qualities of that year’s grapes. Grand Vintage Rosé is the perfect embodiment of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit, a sprit founded on three essential values:
Each bottle of Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé Brut is unique and original. This champagne has been crafted from the most rigorously selected grapes of one single harvest. The coupage of this Grand Vintage Rosé champagne consists of 45% Pinot Noir (22% of which from a red wine reserve), 31% Chardonnay, and 24% Pinot Meunier. The second fermentation process and ageing of this champagne was realized in the dark underground cellers of Moët et Chandon over a time-period of 48 months in this champagne´s bottle. During the degüelle (disgorgement) process, there was eight grams of sugar added per liter.
A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.