Champagne Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage 2002

Established in 1743, Moet et Chandon owns the largest estate in Champagne. The visionary spirit of Jean-Remy Moet, grandson of founder Claude Moet, has long inspired the Maison, for it was he who recognised the universal appeal of champagne and introduced the luxurious pleasure of the finest of fine wines to the world.

Grand Vintage 2002 is a quintessential embodiment of Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage champagnes. The year's temperate weather, the warm and windy harvest period and the uniquely ripe grapes laid the foundations for a wine of exceptional harmony, whilst the low dosage and the seven year ageing period imbue this rare wine with optimum maturity and a compelling personality.

The Chef de Cave (Master Winemaker) carefully listens to the wine as it matures and develops its unique personality, releasing it only when it has reached its optimum expression.

Tasting Note (February 2013): Delicate golden colour, with fine, lively mousse. Nose yeasty, with toasted brioche, pear and nectarine (slightly marmitey - for those that love it!). Creamy, smooth and elegant on the palate, with great structure, deep complex citrusy flavours and long finish. Quite delicious.

Such a wonderful, structured and full-flavoured champagne is extremely versatile. Apart from being amazing on its own, it accompanied Orkney crab paté with melba toast equally well to fresh mandarine sorbet with Italian amaretti biscuits.