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Moët joins 2004 vintage releases

Moët & Chandon has launched its Grand Vintage 2004, which winemaker Benoît Gouez summed up as “elegant, sleek and graceful: definitely a wine for lovers of finely aged Champagne.”

Moët & Chandon winemaker Benoît Gouez

Featuring a notably low dosage for the house of 5g/l, the blend of 38% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 29% Pinot Meunier has also seen an extension on the usual ageing period to seven years.

Moët marked the official launch of this, its 70th vintage, with an international sommelier and chef event in Epernay earlier this month.

UK representatives, Clare Smyth and Jan Konetzki from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, created two dishes to show off the Grand Vintage 2004: raw scallops with lemon juice and herbs, and langoustine with tropical salad, both of which will be served in the three Michelin starred restaurant for a limited period.

Characterised as a vintage that managed to combine both quality and quantity, 2004 was saved from variable and prolonged cool conditions early in the growing season by a warm, dry September.

The perceived quality and age-worthy nature of the year has already led to a number of other Champagne houses releasing their own 2004 vintage expressions.

Of the grandes marques, Louis Roederer was the first to release with the 2010 launch of its Cristal 2004. It has since been followed by houses including Perrier-Jouët, which introduced its Belle Epoque 2004 last year, and Veuve Clicquot, which launched La Grande Dame 2004 this summer.

The Moët Grand Vintage 2004 is available now, with an RRP of £41.99. The house is also expected to release a 2004 vintage rosé in February 2013.

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