Moët & Chandon


Moët & Chandon Vintage 2008 by Moët & Chandon|Vintage|2008

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Spicy Textured

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut

Foods

Foods


Biscuit Honey

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Lemon

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Spicy

What to expect


"Vintage production is just 1% of the house, making this cuvée significantly less than 300,000 bottles. Gouez has replaced ‘Moët & Chandon Vintage’ with ‘Vintage by Moët & Chandon’, with labels of bold vintage declaration, to focus more on the style of the season than the house. He is looking for four things in a vintage: sufficient maturity of at least 9.5 degrees potential, no rot, ageing potential from either acidity or phenolic structure, and finally character – something special, not simply the stamp of the season.

‘The idea is not to follow a recipe, but to listen to the wines and create a vintage with uniqueness and charisma,’ he says. The blend and the selection of parcels change to reflect the character of the season, looking for those that are most interesting and original. ‘We start from scratch. I choose the grapes from anywhere I want, and I don’t care if it’s meunier or if it isn’t grand cru.’ The maturation has also evolved, with Grand Vintage previously released after five years on lees and now after seven, allowing the dosage to be lowered to just 5g/L.

Disgorgement date, dosage and blend are clearly displayed on the back label – impressive detail for a house of this magnitude. The vivacious 2008 season leads out with fresh, dynamic lemon, apple and pear fruit, defining a style of well focused acid line and tension. It’s ageing slowly and incrementally, upholding a primary freshness and taut acid line that call for time to soften. The biscuity, spicy, honeyed, brioche complexity of almost a decade of age is yet subtle, supporting nuances of struck-flint reduction, finishing dry, with some bitter phenolic grip. Will live long."

Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

Technical details

40% chardonnay, 37% pinot noir, 23% meunier; aged 7 years on lees; 5g/L dosage; DIAM closure

$91.99

Club Price $86.45 (?)

Descriptors & Texture

Descriptors & Texture


Spicy Textured

Winemaking

Winemaking


Extra Brut

Foods

Foods


Biscuit Honey

Orchard Fruit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Citrus Fruit

Citrus Fruit


Lemon

Herbs & Spices

Herbs & Spices


Spicy

What to expect


"Vintage production is just 1% of the house, making this cuvée significantly less than 300,000 bottles. Gouez has replaced ‘Moët & Chandon Vintage’ with ‘Vintage by Moët & Chandon’, with labels of bold vintage declaration, to focus more on the style of the season than the house. He is looking for four things in a vintage: sufficient maturity of at least 9.5 degrees potential, no rot, ageing potential from either acidity or phenolic structure, and finally character – something special, not simply the stamp of the season.

‘The idea is not to follow a recipe, but to listen to the wines and create a vintage with uniqueness and charisma,’ he says. The blend and the selection of parcels change to reflect the character of the season, looking for those that are most interesting and original. ‘We start from scratch. I choose the grapes from anywhere I want, and I don’t care if it’s meunier or if it isn’t grand cru.’ The maturation has also evolved, with Grand Vintage previously released after five years on lees and now after seven, allowing the dosage to be lowered to just 5g/L.

Disgorgement date, dosage and blend are clearly displayed on the back label – impressive detail for a house of this magnitude. The vivacious 2008 season leads out with fresh, dynamic lemon, apple and pear fruit, defining a style of well focused acid line and tension. It’s ageing slowly and incrementally, upholding a primary freshness and taut acid line that call for time to soften. The biscuity, spicy, honeyed, brioche complexity of almost a decade of age is yet subtle, supporting nuances of struck-flint reduction, finishing dry, with some bitter phenolic grip. Will live long."

Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019

Technical details

40% chardonnay, 37% pinot noir, 23% meunier; aged 7 years on lees; 5g/L dosage; DIAM closure

About the house

About the house


Food suggestion

Moët et Chandon has been the number one selling champagne in the world for hundreds of years and for many people, it is the first association they have with champagne. The house was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, an experienced wine trader who became increasingly interested in this increasingly popular sweet sparkling wine!   Having formed a close relationship with Napoleon Bonaparte, the first Emperor of France, Jean-Baptist Moët – grand-son of Claude further added to the celebrity of the brand which continued with strength to strength. Jean-Baptist inherited the house from his Grand Father and took the brand to international prominence. Moët produce many millions of bottles per year and have big sponsorship contracts with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Roger Federer.  

Food suggestion


Our friends at Moët recommend a roast chicken with fresh mango chutney to accompany this wonderful Vintage release.