Yesterday, Benoît Gouez was in town to launch the new Grand Vintage, the hotly anticipated 2002. Before the official launch, he made a small detour to the Decanter office to give us a sneak preview of the 2002, along with a few special treats...
Tasting notes by Decanter Tastings director, Christelle Guibert
Moët & Chandon, Vintage 2002
The wine is showing a beautiful development with aromas of apple and flowers and a nice nutty and creamy edge. The palate is rich but fresh and wrapped with some elegant citrusy fruit, the overall is well-balanced and complex and has an amazing depth on the finish. Drink in the next 5 years
Moët & Chandon, Vintage Rosé 2002
Not as expressive as the White 2002, the wine displays some red fruit with hint of smokiness. The palate is quite closed but balanced and harmonious, medium length.
Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage Collection 1992
Moet & Chandon introduced the Grand Vintage Collection 2 years ago. The wine was disgorged in 2004 after having spent 12 years in the cellar. The result is magnificent. 1992 was very similar to 2002 in terms of growing season. The wine displays an amazing complexity and richness with lots of nutty characters; some nioce oxidative notes are also present. The palate is fresh and rich and the wine has an amazing depth.
Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage Collection 1975
The wine was disgorged in 2002 after spending 27 years in the cellar. The 1975 is very complex and rich displaying some dried flower and biscuity aromas. An amazing fresh acidity on the palate supported by some lovely fruit development and a great depth on the finish. A very special bottle.
Written by Christelle Guibert