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Moet & Chandon MCIII Champagne NV (Champagne, France) - [RP 95+] [JS 94] [AG 93+] [WS 93]
Moet & Chandon MCIII Champagne NV (Champagne, France) - [RP 95+] [JS 94] [AG 93+] [WS 93]


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Winery: Moet & Chandon
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Region: Champagne, France
Vintage: NV
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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About This Wine:

Moët Impérial is the House’s iconic champagne. Created in 1869, it embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity. Created from more than 100 different wines, of which 20% to 30% are reserve wines specially selected to enhance its maturity, complexity and constancy, the assemblage reflects the diversity and complementarity of the three grapes varietals:
The body of Pinot Noir: 30 to 40%
The suppleness of Pinot Meunier: 30 to 40%
The finesse of Chardonnay: 20 to 30%

Tasting Notes:
An elegant color: Golden straw yellow with green highlights

A sparkling bouquet: The vibrant intensity of green apple and citrus fruit, the freshness of mineral nuances and white flowers, the elegance of blond notes (brioche, cereal, fresh nuts).
A generous palate combining sumptuousness and subtlety: The delicious sumptuousness of white-fleshed fruits (pear, peach, apple), the alluring caress of fine bubbles, the soft vivacity of citrus fruit and nuances of gooseberry.

Ratings & Reviews
96 Points - Decanter:
"Intense vanilla, honey and toasty nose with lots of leesy, smoky characters. There is a creamy texture in the mouth with notes of toasted and baked nectarines, peaches, almonds and a mouthwatering minerality. Very good persistency and impact." - Gold award, DWWA 2018 (May 2018)

95+ Points - Robert Parker:
"As MC-owned Dom Pérignon sails under its own flag, the NV MCIII is the new prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon, and it is nothing but a unique assemblage of different vintages or what MC calls "the Champagne of the third millennium." With its ambitious MCIII, Moët seeks the perfect "balance between harmony and generous complexity" by blending young vintages aged in stainless steel vats (I), with matured vintages aged in oak casks (II), and rare vintages aged in glass bottles (III). Call it madness or the "icon of luxury for a new generation," but this is of what the inaugural assemblage NV MCIII 001.14 is made: steel-fermented vins clairs of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the vintage 2003, which were blended together in 2004 and comprise 40% of the cuvée (I); another 40% blends the declared vintages 2002, 2000 and 1998 that were mainly fermented in large oak vats and kept as vins clairs for Moët's Grand Vintage (II); and the final 20% assembles the Grand Vintage Collection Champagnes 1999, 1998 and 1993, which had already undergone the second fermentation, but had not been disgorged yet (III). The "ultimate expression of blending" was created in 2004 and kept for ten years on the lees of the second (respectively third) fermentation. The cuvée 001.14 was disgorged in 2014 as Brut with a dosage of four or five grams per liter. The expensive wine offers a fascinatingly deep and concentrated bouquet that is very clear and fresh in its fruit aromas, but also delivers complex secondary aromas of coffee, nougat, biscuits and many more flavors. Full-bodied, ripe and intense on the palate, this is a rich and powerful, yet round and highly elegant cuvée of great complexity and persistence. It is stunningly fresh and pairs fruity aromas with nutty and spicy flavors, revealing a delicate tannin structure and a very long, salty and mineral finish. The MCIII can age for many years and I would recommend not drinking it much earlier than 2020." - Stephan Reinhardt (Jun 2016)

94 Points - James Suckling:
"A blend of 2003 aged in stainless steel, an assemblage of 2002, 2000 and 1998 aged in oak and a third component comprising vintage Champagnes from bottle in the cellar (1999, 1998 and 1993) that were simply disgorged at blending. The result is very complex, with bright lemon and yellow peach fruit aromas and flavors framed in toasty grilled hazelnuts that warm the finish. A complex idea that, taken in the glass, delivers attractive depth and interest. Drink now." - (Oct 2017)

93+ Points - Antonio Galloni:
"he MCIII is easily the most ambitious Champagne I have ever tasted from Moët & Chandon. MCIII is a multi-vintage Champagne based on a single vintage but with a high percentage of reserve wines. One of the truly unique aspects of making Champagne is the length of time that spans the birth of an idea to the moment when a wine finally hits the market. Chef de Caves Benoît Gouez started working on MCIII in 2000, but it took a few years to get things in place, so the first commercial release is based on the 2003 vintage and will be released in the next few months. Gouez adds that the base vintage needs to be a year with an important personality that won't be overpowered by the large amount of reserve wines that go into the blend." - (Jul 2015)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Rich and tightly knit, this powerful Champagne shows refined integration of the firm frame, smoky minerality, plush texture and an expressive range of grilled nut, baked peach, biscuit and blackberry flavors. Accents of orchard blossom, oyster shell, incense and espresso add detail on the finish. Disgorged 2014. Drink now through 2025." -AN (Nov 2015)

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