A giant house, founded in 1743, with the largest vineyard holdings in Champagne and often its best-selling brand globally.
Épernay; its vast holdings of nearly 1,200 hectares are half Grand Cru and one quarter Premier Cru.
While Brut Impérial, the flagship NV, is meticulously made in volumes thought to exceed 20 million, vintage is only 1 per cent of the house’s production, but it is a 1 per cent lavished with extra love and attention. 2012 is only the House's 74th Vintage since they started making them in 1842. Since 2002, more emphasis has been placed on capturing vintage traits than expressing house style. 2012 melds high natural sugars with high acid, making it a wine of extremes and structure designed for long age.
Moët has been stashing away bottles for its Grand Vintage Collection since 1993 allowing for the release of late-disgorged vintages; the spectacular 2002 is the current release.
Roasted nuts, popcorn and preserved citrus peels make up the nose. The palate has a velvety feel, continuing the nose but with more appley fruit, increased savouriness and depth. A freshening lick of acidity comes on the finish, which is surprisingly clean and energised with just a sprinkle of powdery phenolics.
Try It With
Rich, savoury meat stews and noodle dishes.
When To Drink
Rich but refreshing: a mirror of the vintage.