Moet & Chandon’s 2012 Grand Vintage Rises out of Adversity

“2012 was an unprecedented year in the records of winemaking,” states Moet’s cellar master Benoit Gouez. “So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising results.

“Nature treated the vineyards to almost every form of meteorological disaster. Frost in the winter, frost in early spring, frost in late spring, torrential rains, hailstorms, a cold spell during flowering and, finally, scalding heat and water shortages in late summer all put the vines and vintners to the test.

“Nevertheless, thanks to a reversal of fortune that could only happen in Champagne, one month later there was talk of this being one of the great vintages!”

The final vintage is made from black grapes, including the Meunier, and consists of Chardonnay, Meunier, and Pinot Noir. The vintage is the 74th release from the maison, and features a fruity flavour with sweet citrus and pear notes, and hints of apricot and peach.

“This Grand Vintage is a softly fresh and harmonious wine that reveals itself slowly but with supple assurance,” explains Gouez. “It’s like the gentle transition of spring into summer and envelops the palate, blossoming into a crisp yet balanced bouquet.”

An interesting description considering that the spring and summer the grapes had to endure was anything but gentle. Still, hard times often bring about the sweetest rewards.

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