Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2003
Moet is over 250 years old and belongs to the exclusive group of luxury champagne creators, Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy and now Krug. It is by far the biggest selling Champagne in the world. Brut Impérial is a balanced assemblage of the three vine varieties disclosing a succession of elegant and harmonious sensations, a fresh maturity, supple and refined lines, inspiring well-being and an emotion which is appreciated and shared.
The Grand Vintage 2003, the 68th from the Maison, is a powerful wine: its velvety maturity is immediately apparent, forceful in its creamy blondness. The first notes of vanilla, almond and hazelnut are followed by nuances of colourful sun-soaked Summer fruits – apricots, yellow peaches, nectarines, poached pears. Gradually this generous fruitiness is joined by a soft spiciness of cinnamon, gingerbread and freshly-ground coffee.
Deep and structured, the Grand Vintage 2003 is fleshly, ample and smooth. This unctuous sensuality – reminiscent of leather and cashmere – segues into a warm finale of slightly acid licorice and candied grapefruit. From an extraordinary year and an incomparable fruit, Moët & Chandon has created a profound champagne, one that announces its colours without artifice, intrigues by its honesty. A wine that, having weathered all challenges, has come through with a robust serenity, a formal generosity and a comfortable presence.
Spectacular! I love rose bubbly the best. It means happiness and success. Gorgeous aromas of fleeting field raspberries combine with toasty effervescent. It’s liquid loveliness. Rosé Champagne food pairings: turkey sandwiches, veal tenderloin, light fruit pastries. Rating: 95 Points; Natalie MacLean
Moët's vintage, from the hot, low-yielding 2003 vintage, has an unusually high percentage of Pinot Meunier (43%), suggesting there is a distinct character to the year. It's certainly powerful and intense, soft initially, hinting at toast and yeast, the fruit almost sweet, even though the wine is a brut style. It is the rich strawberry flavor that's most surprising on a wine that really has integrated impressively. Rating: 93 Points; Wine Enthusiast
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