MOËT & CHANDON, 'MCIII' PRESTIGE CUVÉE
Every second, somewhere in the world, the cork of a Moët & Chandon bottle pops. Though globally recognized as an icon of luxury and status, Moët & Chandon has never been a house to rest on reputation alone. That is to say, the quality of the wine is better than ever—thanks in large part to esteemed cellar master Benoît Gouez. A former ‘Winemaker of the Year’ award winner, Gouez walks the fine line between tradition and innovation with remarkable precision. “The MCIII is easily the most ambitious Champagne I have ever tasted from Moët & Chandon...a rich, vinous Champagne, MCIII reveals striking textural depth and creaminess in a powerful, explosive style” (Antonio Galloni, Vinous). Reserved for restaurants and other on-premise locations until very recently, MCIII is a true wine drinker’s Champagne: a blend of wines and vintages matured in three different environments (metal, wood, and glass) that together create an exceptional wine. Gouez first laid out the blueprints for MCIII in 2000, but the Champagne has really been in the works for nearly 30 years. The ‘III’ in the name refers to the three 'universes' of wine maturation as it is a blend of wines aged respectively in stainless steel, oak, and glass. The Champagne includes seven individual vintages (as old as 1993) that come together in perfect harmony:
METAL 40% of total blend
50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the 2003 vintage, which aged in stainless steel.
WOOD 40% of total blend
Moët & Chandon ‘Grand Vintage’ wines that were vinified and aged in cask. The vintages in this bottle include 2002, 2000, and 1998 Grand Vintage wines, held in the cellar for the release of MCIII.
GLASS 20% of total blend
1999, 1998, 1993 ‘Grand Vintage’ Champagnes that aged on the lees in bottle and were disgorged to become the final puzzle pieces of MCIII.
The richness of the 2003 vintage immediately comes through, but the influence of the older wines is certainly not lost, and adds amazing complexity to the wine. The final blend, or assemblage—including all the components detailed above—is an extra-brut style that aged 10 years sur lie and an additional year in bottle before release. With meticulous attention to detail, Gouez has captured the romance and luxury of Champagne and bottled it into an incredible collector’s trophy. MCIII easily has the depth and density to drink well for at least a decade (if you can resist that long). Tasting notes can’t do this wine justice; as Gouez explains, “I don’t think you can translate the moment and the emotion of a wine in words.” One thing is certain, however: this Champagne is unforgettable, from the sleek and bold packaging to the opulent liquid inside. Take advantage of Concierge pricing on regular and magnum bottles, available for one week only!
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