About Moet et Chandon
Before you heard about it in Kanye West’s songs, Moet et Chandon was the drink of French kings, Russian tzars and Napoleon I himself. For as long as it’s been around—since 1743 to be exact—Moet has been the drink of the rich and famous.
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($130) Very pale color. Wonderfully complex, musky aromas of minerals, ginger, lemon, earth, mushroom, smoke and brioche; with aeration, this showed sweaty saline and chicken broth notes that reminded me of Le Montrachet, as well as a captivating topnote of fresh rose petal. Fat, ripe and mouthfilling without being at all heavy. Loaded with flavor and long and delicious on the aftertaste. In the same quality league as the superb '95, but does it have the grip of that wine? I should note that some other tasters report having bottles more in the backward, structured style of this vintage.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
1996 Moet et Chandon Dom Perignon
(Received as 22nd birthday gift from Axel Sawczuk).
I had it recently (Feb.2) and it had the balance, finesse and finish that were first rate. It was as good as any vintage Krug that I've tasted. It reminded me of a Chevalier-Montrachet (but with bubbles!). It's worth every penny in my book. I bought mine at the duty free shop in San Juan, Puerto Rico while on a cruise. It's possible that my bottle was a little further along in maturity due to a possible difference in storage conditions but that is conjecture. I don't think you can ask for more in a wine.
The best year I had so far!
Crisp, good finish, excellant nose - my wife and I really like this year.
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Too young perhaps, but really darn good
Not sure I agree with the gentleman who dubbed this overly acidic, because it combines an ample richness and a crisp and to me refreshing acidity almost perfectly. Really very focused, almost linear, but with time in glass - enjoyed a bottle with a friend last month - it improves and certainly shows its evident class in the yeasty, apple/citrus and chalky mineral flavors that go on and on. Too tight compared to how it will be in 10 years? Will one appreciate it even more in 10, 15 years? Sure. But yummy now, too, if you must insist.
Unless you are willing to wait for about 10 years to lay it down, Dom Perignon is not worth the money. A simple NV champagne such as Drappier is 10 times better. Dom is too young to drink as soon as you buy it from the store. It is bitter and acidic, like any vintage champagne that is drank too early. So like waiting for a hot girl to turn 18, be just as patient with newer Vintage Champagne, or else you are just asking for a lot of trouble from the judge, er, bottle.
Champagne-making is the highly refined art of blending base wines into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. These component wines come from different grape varieties (the white grape Chardonnay and the red varieties Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and from different villages and vineyards. And because only four or five harvests per decade...
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