August 11, 2015 — It doesn’t happen very often – just 40 times in the past 95 years – that Moët et Chandon releases a vintage made from grapes from a single harvest. Usually the wine is blended from various harvests.
The 2006 vintage was a very difficult year in Epernay starting off with frost in the spring then a heat wave followed by cool weather, rain, hail, another heat wave, cool weather in August, but three weeks of great weather in September that not only saved the harvest but turned it into an exceptional vintage. Grand Vintage 2006 Rosé is only the 71st vintage to be released since 1842.
The winemaker describes Grand Vintage 2006 as “…” a wine of delightfully fruity freshness. Initial notes of peach, mango, and banana flow into more mature aromas such as white pepper before evolving toward intriguing floral notes to create a Champagne of refined complexity.” It pairs well with food, even fried chicken, and it is recommended serving in a white wine glass rather than a flute to enhance the complex flavor and delicate bubbles of an aged Champagne.
We’ve seen suggested retail pricing from $65 to $90.