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    Grilled Guinea Fowl with bacon and lentils, Wiener Schnitzel & Smoked salmon with morrels

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The Story

Born from a desire to capture the diverse qualities of three distinct wine-ageing environments in a single harmoniously complex champagne, MCIII is a state-of-the-art creation. Led by Cellar Master Benoît Gouez, Moët & Chandon winemakers created an assemblage never before seen in the maison’s history. Fifteen years of testing and tasting resulted in a champagne that combines the compelling fruitiness of the best 2003 chardonnay and pinot noir still wines with the captivating palate of Grand Vintage still wines from 1998, 2000 and 2002. A backbone of eminent maturity infused by 1993, 1998 and 1999 Grand Vintage champagnes completes the blend.

Although conceived in 2000, MCIII wasn’t bottled until 2004 and the first batch has consequently undergone ten years of lees ageing. Moët spent a total of 15 years trialling this new champagne before release and their persistence has been rewarded: this ultra-premium cuvée now provides the cornerstone to the luxury house’s range. In 2016, their efforts were duly acknowledged at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships with a Gold Medal and the especial Chairman’s Trophy.

So in summary: a blend all three grape varieties and six different vintages (although 1998 appears twice; once as a vins clairs and then again as a re-blended finished champagne), utilising three different ageing vessels: stainless-steel tanks, oak vats and normal bottles. Simple, really.

        Each and every bottle has a hand-etched label

Further, to add another layer of cryptography, each cuvée will carry a catchy code number referring to the production chronology and disgorgement date. The first batch is 001.14, with ‘001’ referencing the first cuvée and ‘.14’ the year of disgorgement – the next will be 002.17. And to top it off, this code – along with ‘MCIII’ and the brand name – is hand-etched onto every bottle. A conventional label just wouldn’t do this justice, would it.

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Light, green yellow colour. Rich, toasty nose with great complexity - roasted coffee, mintiness, spearmint, creaminess. Dry, refined, evolved, harmonious, supple, long elegant, harmonious. Lingering and intense finish. JL 94p (28.10.2020)

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Drinking temperature

7-9C

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