Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012
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A light, appealing colour: Pale bright yellow, green reflections, a fine, persistent bead. fulfilling, reassuring bouquet. The first impression is that of an obvious and reassuring maturity. Gentle and comforting, initial nuances of harvest notes and notes of callisson and vanilla gradually expand into darker, toastier notes of grilled sesame seeds, roasted almonds and mocha. Concurrently, hints of juicy, fleshy fruits create a deeply warm, serene atmosphere reminiscent of an orchard of peaches and apricots in the middle of summer. The floral scent of roses and peonies rounds out an ensemble of radiance and delicacy. An accomplished, enveloping palate. The initial impression is welcoming, full-bodied and smooth, an instant sensation of an enveloping, soothing cocoon. Subsequently, the silky fluid texture becomes evident; the controlled power of the Pinot Noir, with notes of honey and mild spices, is underscored by a stimulating nuance of pink grapefruit. Overall, the palate is simultaneously accomplished, generous and airy.
Wine Review Online
): Moet’s Grand Vintage Brut Rosé is another beautiful effort from the 2012 vintage. Beautifully balanced and showing a fine mousse, this vintage exhibits delicate notes of strawberry, cherry and citrus. Fresh and clean, it promises to be an exceptional food wine that has the oomph to tackle game birds, grilled salmon or, especially, caviar. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Disgorged in February 2018 with five grams per liter dosage, Moët's 2012 Extra Brut Grand Vintage is showing well, unfurling in the glass with an expressive bouquet of ripe yellow orchard fruit, peaches, toasted nuts, warm bread and honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a tangy but ripe core of fruit, nicely integrated acids and a pinpoint mousse, concluding with an attractively fruit-driven finish. The 2012 reflects both the concentration of the vintage and Moët's push for riper fruit, and it is already quite accessible.