Moët & Chandon Declares 2012 a Grand Vintage
As the house’s 74th vintage, the 2012 is a bold example of winemaking excellence and savoir faire with five years of maturation, lending a gentleness that is accompanied by freshness and structural harmony.
Each time a Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage is released, it becomes part of the house’s Grand Vintage Collection, of which only the finest champagnes spanning more than 150 years are a part.
First created in 1842 to meet the demands of British and American connoisseurs for more mature wines, every vintage is original, with the chef de cave given the freedom to interpret a selection of a single year’s most remarkable wines.
The Grand Vintage 2012 is an elegant and refreshing extra-brut champagne made with a predominance of chardonnay and a present meunier which challenges the pinot noir. In 2012, the winter frost lasted through a surprisingly icy spring; however, the dry heat of summer revived the vine stalks, yielding a small but sweet and acidic harvest of fruit.
“The wines made from black grapes, especially the usually fragile meunier, were particularly good in 2012, which explains why they make up an important part of the assemblage,” explains chef de cave at Moët & Chandon, Benoit Gouez. “This Grand Vintage is a softly fresh and harmonious wine that reveals itself slowly but with supple assurance.”
Joining the champagne is the Grand Vintage Rosé 2012, the house’s 43rd rosé vintage – evocative of the spring to summer seasonal change. Driven by almost half pinot noir, one-third chardonnay and one-quarter meunier it shares the dosage of 5g per litre with its champagne brother and qualifies for an extra-brut label.
Since 2007, the introduction of a new Grand Vintage by Moët & Chandon has been accompanied by a selection of the oldest wines from the collection. The wines associated with a new release share similarities of harvest assemblage or style that highlight its personality and potential. Partnering the new Grand Vintage 2012 will be the Grand Vintage Collection 2002 and Grand Vintage Collection 1992. All three are notable for their perfect balance and high levels of both body and acidity.
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintages are available at selective retailers and restaurants.