1995 Moët & Chandon "Grand Vintage" Brut Champagne

SKU #1162876 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/ 2008)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (3/ 2010)

K&L Notes

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

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/15/2014  | Send Email
Cinnamon and I enjoyed this wine with Plaza de Caviar’s quite fine paddlefish roe to start, and the nutty complexity of the Champagne worked in tandem with the nutty complexity of the eggs. This Moet has some very nice toasty, yeasty elements to it, but also has some ripe pear fruit and plenty of virile acidity to cut the richness of the Crème fraîche. My ex-sommelier wife, who has always been a better taster than me, called the wine “fluffy” which was a perfect description. This Champagne is in perfect balance, and doesn’t try too hard... It comes off as effortless and light in spite of the considerable complexity that is there if you search for it. After the paddlefish, we brought the rest of the bottle to the dinner table to enjoy with some simple vegetable ravioli tossed in garlic, white truffle butter and topped with some old Parmesan. While the 1995 Moet works great as an aperitif, the truffle and Parmesan elements brought out the savory depth of the wine, making for a real special occasion. As with all great wine, this was a “small” bottle, and was gone before we were ready to stop drinking it. While it is not cheap, I think that this 1995 Moet is an exceptional value. Great older wine with perfect provenance is not something that you get to drink every day.

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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