Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Rose 2012
Grand Vintage Rose 2012, the House’s 43rd vintage stands out for its maturity, complexity and charisma. Grand Vintage Rose 2012 is evocative of the transition from spring to summer, with a certain delicacy accompanied by freshness and nuances of coral.
2012 was an unprecedented year in the annals of winemaking. So many trials and tribulations and yet such promising results. Nature treated the vineyards to almost every form of meteorological disaster. Frost in winter, frost in early spring, frost in late spring, torrential rains, hailstorms, a cold spell during flowering and, finally, scalding heat and water shortages in late summer all put the vines and vintners to the test. Nevertheless, thanks to a reversal of fortune that could only happen in Champagne, one month later there was talk of this being one of the great vintages!
On the eye: Coral pink with nuances of orange and a fine, persistent bead.
On the nose: The first refreshing notes of pink grapefruit and blood orange are followed by notes of small red stone fruits such as Morello cherry before finishing on more botanical nuances of wild strawberry and rhubarb.
On the palate: The first impression is harmonious, soft and silky. The initially light, delicate texture asserts itself in a lightly astringent finish with notes of stone fruits such as Victoria plum or damson plum.
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