The renowned champagne house has launched a completely new and futuristic-inspired vintage champagne named MCIII. The new beverage was born from blending three different wines, grown and aged in metal, wood and glass.
The Moët & Chandon house founded by Claude Moët in 1743 is used to creating surprise in the wine world. In 2010, the prestigious producer shocked purists by presenting an extra chilled nectar specially created to consume with ice cubes called “Moët Ice Imperial.” For traditional wine experts, the notion of pouring champagne over ice was considered heresy.
In a completely different spirit, the brand has handled the fall 2015 harvests in a very original manner. The brand’s Chef de Cave has decided to innovate within the kinds of materials used for wine aging. The new champagne contains 37% of chardonnay and pinot noir vinified in stainless steel vats. According to Moët & Chandon, “This layer endows an intense fruity dimension to the wine that evokes the sophistication and the sparkle of summer”.
The new blend will also contain a high proportion of “Grand Vintage” wines hailing from 1998, 2000 and 2002 partially matured in oak barrels. The final ingredients include champagnes from the bottled Grand Vintage collection dating from the 1999, 1998 and 1993 vintages. The luxury producer notes that “this layer completes the balance of the blend. Deep and roasted notes reinforce the remarkable impression of maturity while enhancing the vitality.”
The resulting product is exquisite. The color of the wine is a beautiful yellow with a golden glow and the bubbles are fine. In glass, the wine releases coffee, malt and hazelnut aromas as well as notes of pecan and citrus fruit. In mouth, the nectar recalls candied citrus fruits, particularly dry fig and the finish is mineral.
The new Moët & Chandon cuvee has been named “MCIII”, in reference to the initials of the house and the three-layer blending process and has matured in the cellars for 10 years.
The MCIII is available directly from the Moët & Chandon house for £380.