Liked this. Moet make a lot of Champagne, and when you review the wines from a big producer, there are two dangers. The first is to be prejudiced against them because they are big. The second is to be too soft on them: you would like the big players to be doing good work because it’s good for wine when big brands are tasty and reliable. I’m trying to be objective here, and this is an excellent fizz that’s very tasty indeed. And it has a low dosage – at 5 g/litre, that’s just a little over half the norm for Brut styles. Look out for this when it is discounted. Last year the 2002, also excellent, was available for a lot less than the RRP.
Champagne Moet et Chandon Grand Vintage 2004
The 70th vintage of this wine. Roughly a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged in 2012. Very fine, crisp and precise, yet full flavoured with notes of toast, peach, citrus fruit and almonds. Ripeness evident, but also precision and finesse. Relatively low dosage but it’s still very fruity and not at all austere. I’m impressed. 93/100 (£41.99 Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s)