Moet unveils 2003 vintage

Moët & Chandon is the only Champagne house to be launching a 2003 vintage Champagne in “commercial volumes” according to Benoit Gouez, chef de cave for the house.

Referring to the record-breaking temperatures during the summer of 2003, he said at a dinner held in London, “2003 is the latest expression of the special family of solar vintages which we at Moët love for their intensity.”

The Champagne, the 68th blanc vintage from Moët, was tasted alongside other hot and challenging vintages from the Moet Grand Vintage Collection, including 1995, 1990, 1976 and 1959 to prove the long cellaring potential of Champagne made using extremely ripe grapes.

“The ability for a Champagne to age comes from phenolics, not necessarily acidity,” explained Gouez of the “solar” vintages.

Moët have also launched a “Grand Vintage” 2003 rosé, the Champagne house’s 37th vintage rosé. The 2003 vintage has been released ahead of 2002.

Both Bollinger and Taittinger have made vintage Champagnes in 2003, but in small quantities.

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