A blend of three grapes, the champagne and rose have a full character.
February 17, 2023: Champagne, on its own, is quite an indulgence in celebrations. Heightening that expression, Moët & Chandon have unveiled its Grand Vintage 2015 in white and rosé, the House’s 76th vintage and 45th rosé vintage - made from grapes harvested in the late summer of 2015.
Made with grapes harvested in the same year, Grand Vintage 2015 is a blend of three different grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier. While each has its unique personality, all of these wines have gone through the same cycle, the same weather conditions, the same challenges and the same joys.
The year 2015 was marked by exceptional sunshine and drought from March, with sudden rains in August, and finally weather conducive to ripening. With the droughts having a detrimental impact on the nitrogen richness of grapes, especially in the Chardonnay, winemakers ensured proper fermentation to obtain interesting wines full of character. Red skinned grapes were exceptional: the Meuniers were splendid, and the Pinot Noirs revealed a maturity with a powerful, fruity nose and full-bodied finish. The fruit was healthy with well ripened grapes radiating brilliantly.
The exceptional quality of Grand Vintage 2015 and Grand Vintage Rosé 2015 owes much to the climate and the precious soil that nurtures the grapevines. Benoit Gouez, Cellar Master, Moët and Chandon, said, “The year 2015 was one of awareness and awakening towards climate change, both in the vineyard and also in the world. Grand Vintage 2015 is a champagne of contemplation – it marks the start of a new day.”
Made with the highest quality grapes, the Grand Vintage 2015 has a taste of tender floral freshness, traces of ripened fruit, and even enchanting hints of fresh almonds. The Grand Vintage Rosé in turn has a wonderful intensity and spicy presence.
- By Pritha Debroy