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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2003
Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2003
(search item no. 109065)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $71.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2000 The Wine News rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Grand Vintage 2003, the 68th from the Maison, is a powerful wine: its velvety maturity is immediately apparent, forceful in its creamy blondness. The first notes of vanilla, almond and hazelnut are followed by nuances of colourful sun-soaked Summer fruits – apricots, yellow peaches, nectarines, poached pears. Gradually this generous fruitiness is joined by a soft spiciness of cinnamon, gingerbread and freshly-ground coffee.

Deep and structured, the Grand Vintage 2003 is fleshly, ample and smooth. This unctuous sensuality – reminiscent of leather and cashmere – segues into a warm finale of slightly acid licorice and candied grapefruit. From an extraordinary year and an incomparable fruit, Moët & Chandon has created a profound champagne, one that announces its colours without artifice, intrigues by its honesty. A wine that, having weathered all challenges, has come through with a robust serenity, a formal generosity and a comfortable presence.

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About Moët & Chandon:

The largest Champagne house in France, Moët et Chandon was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët. They produce large volumes of non-vintage wine under the White Star and Brut Imperial designations, however, are best known for their premium brand Dom Pérignon.