2004 Moët & Chandon "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne

SKU #1125514 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Vintage Champagne is always the ultimate expression of a producer. This shows the approachable character of Moët wines, while adding intensity and complexity. It is taut and minerally, with a spiced apple note and nervy acidity. It’s now ready to drink, but it also has good aging potential.  (12/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Heady, complex bouquet of fresh nectarine, pear and melon, with notes of smoky lees and white flowers adding complexity. Bright, mineral-driven orchard and pit fruit flavors show impressive depth and focus, picking up notes of iodine, lemon pith and anise with air. Finishes on a chalky note, with excellent focus and lingering sweet butter, citrus fruit and smoke nuances. It's a great pleasure to see this iconic house return to strong form.  (11/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Minerally overtones accent flavors of candied black cherry, black currant and gumdrop that remain fresh, with a lively bead and well-cut acidity carrying accents of lemon zest, biscuit and fresh herb. Elegant yet expressive. Drink now through 2020.  (12/ 2012)

91 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2004 Brut Grand Vintage is another beautifully delineated Champagne from this historic house. Pears, pastry, almonds, flowers and sweet spices all flesh out in a Champagne that is impressively textured and creamy for a vintage that in general yielded more focused wines. The very slightly oxidative style is warm, open and resonant, especially on the finish.  (5/ 2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Assembled from surprisingly close to one-third each of Champagne’s trio of major cepages, Moet & Chandon’s 2004 Brut Grand Vintage delivers a delightful aroma mingling chamomile and honeysuckle, pear and white peach, green tea and quinine, all anticipating the lusciously juicy, refreshingly tart and subtly piquant but also silken and buoyant palate impression that follows. As with the corresponding rose, I was surprised to find a decided sense of sweetness from just five grams residual sugar, but the ripe generosity of the vintage no doubt goes far toward explaining this, and I don’t find it at all misplaced, much less obtrusive. Its soothing texture complements this wine’s invigorating vivacity, levity, and transparence to herbal and floral nuances in a lingering finish. I would not be surprised to witness it offering some additional – or at least, new – delights over the next couple of years in bottle. (DS)  (11/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The 2004 Grand Vintage is composed of 38% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir and 29% Meunier and dosed at just five grams per liter--making it eligible to be called an extra brut. It has a very fresh, chalky aroma and has the classic drive of this very good 2004 vintage. Judging by the excellent structure and acidity of this wine and the history of older vintage of Moët, this wine will make a great candidate for the cellar! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/16/2013  | Send Email
Cinnamon and I enjoyed this for the aperitif with some black and white truffle popcorn on Monday night this week. I love starting off the week with Champagne, and this 2004 surprised me by being my favorite current release of Moet Chandon Grand Vintage Brut that I have ever tasted. It had everything that makes 2004 such a great year in Champagne- clean, linear fruit, excellent focused acidity and a super long finish!
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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5