1995 Moët & Chandon "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne
A re-release from the 1995 vintage, this is a wine that shows exceptional richness. It also shows maturity and toastiness, a style that historically has appealed to American and British Champagne collectors. But it is not just for collecting, because this wine is delicious, its secondary flavors of hazelnuts, toast and acidity making it an excellent food wine.
Late release. This has certainly benefited from the extra age and is MUCH more interesting than the 2003. Lots of development and a little nutty dryness. (17/20 points)
In the world of fine wine, there is no substitute for time. Very few of the great wines of the world are ever released fully mature, from the cellars where they were created- normally it is up to the wine lover to buy the greats young and store them ourselves. We are very lucky that with Champagne, we occasionally get an opportunity to procure bottles that have been aged for us, and the 1995 Moët & Chandon "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne ($139) is just such an opportunity. This wine is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 10% Meunier and was disgorged in November of 2007 after more than 11 years on the lees. With more than a few extra years to rest on its cork, this wine is now completely ready to go, and should last very easily until 2025. -Gary Westby, K&L