Moet & Chandon introduces Grand Vintage 2004
November 16, 2012: Champagne brand Moët & Chandon has introduced Grand Vintage 2004, the House’s 70th vintage. Joining the world’s largest collection of vintage champagnes across the ages, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintages are made only in remarkable harvest years, expressing a unique story to be retold with the pop of a cork. The vivacious Grand Vintage 2004 is the result of the year 2004’s plentiful harvest – a growing season that was unusually mild with thriving vines and exquisitely mature grapes.
The Grand Vintage 2004 represents an evolution in the House’s philosophy of vintage wines. Beginning with the Grand Vintage 2000 and through to Grand Vintage 2004, the choice of assemblage – the relative proportions of the three grape varietals – now relies more on the particular qualities of the fruit rather than accepted convention, and the aging period has also been extended.
The ‘new’ vintage has been aged in the House’s cellars for seven years, imparting richness and a complexity of texture to the luxuriantly mature champagnes. With a brilliant pale yellow and fine bead, the bouquet is refined, pure and precise. Fruity notes of white peach, lemon, pineapple, green banana and pear and floral, botanical aromas of mock-orange, herbal tea and honeysuckle combine with spicier, sweeter hints of pepper, brown sugar, marzipan and candied melon. On the palate, the wine is straightforward yet complex, the structure is lean and tangy with mineral overtones, and the texture is supple and gracefully delicate.