2012 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut, Champagne, France (750ml)
"Juicy and complex; balanced, clean, and rich with bright fruit and lovely depth. 41% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, and 26% Pinot Meunier." Tasting Panel, 95 pts
"Rich, with toasty notes of grilled nut and blackberry tart, this creamy Champagne is finely knit and vibrant, enlivened by a firm frame of citrusy acidity and a minerally underpinning. Drink now through 2027." Wine Spectator, 93 pts
Bright, pale yellow, with green reflections and a fine, persistent bead. The nose hints of fresh white flowers, which develop into aromas of sweet pastry, walnuts and hazelnuts, then ripe pear, white peach and nectarine. A supple and soft-textured champagne, its initial sweetness gives way to a more structured acidity. A persistent finish reveals a hint of iodine underscored by a zesty note of pink grapefruit.
Pairs well with yellowtail carpaccio, langoustine, Norwegian king crab with avocado, veal with roasted brussels sprouts and meringue shells with grapefruit sorbet.