1976 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" Brut Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium+ lemon-straw colour. There's a touch more vibrancy here on the nose than with the 1985, beginning with an abundance of toasty /yeasty notes and leading to complex suggestions of ginger-nut biscuit, marzipan, lemongrass and a whiff of chalkboards. Elegantly styled providing a fair amount of bubbles while the palate gives crisp acidity that compliments the remaining citrus nuances. The finish is long leaving pleasantly lingering savoury/meaty hints and plenty of chalky minerality.
This is a late-disgorged bottle direct from the cellars of Moet in Epernay. The 1976 was thought of as a watershed by many in Champagne, as it was the last great vintage before the commercial clones came online. It was also one of the warmest harvests of the 20th century, and forced many vignerons to cut short their vacations and return to harvest. This is a very special and rare bottle--we only have six! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)