Moët & Chandon has released its 2004 Grand Vintage Champagne, which winemaker Benoît Gouez describes as “elegant, sleek and graceful: definitely a wine for lovers of finely aged Champagne.”
Gouez says 2004 was an exceptional year in terms of quality and quantity.
The growing season was unusually mild and a number of factors combined to give mature grapes – hence the declaration of the 2004, Moët & Chandon’s 70th vintage.
In a break with established tradition, since 2000 Gouez has opted to select the assemblage for each vintage according to the qualities of the fruit in that given year.
The 2004 is a blend of 38% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 29% Pinot Meunier with a dosage of 5 g/l – one of the lowest ever used by the House.
He has also extended the ageing period to seven years.
Moët officially launched its 2004 Grand Vintage in Epernay on 17 & 18 September, gathering 12 of the world’s top Chefs and Sommeliers to create a series of dishes to showcase the wine.
The UK team, comprising Clare Smyth and Moët Sommelier Of The Year 2012 Jan Konetzki from Gordon Ramsay, devised two dishes – Raw Scallops With Lemon Juice & Herbs and Langoustine With Tropical Salad – which will be available in the flagship restaurant for a limited period of time.
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 is now available with an RRP of £41.99.