2013 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rose, Champagne, France (750ml)
Coral pink with glints of orange, and fine, persistent bubbles. Initially offering refreshing notes of pink grapefruit and blood orange, followed by small red stone fruit such as morello cherries, finishing with more vegetal notes of wild strawberries and rhubarb. The attack is soft and silky. The initially light, delicate structure becomes more robust in a slightly astringent finish with notes of stone fruit such as plum and damson.
Lots of strawberry, cherry and some rose petal on the nose and palate. It’s full, but not heavy. Very vinous and delicious. Lovely length, too. Fruity and vivid at the end. This is really excellent with real drink ability and intensity. Yet, it remains elegant. 35% chardonnay and 21% pinot meunier, the rest pinot noir. Drink now.
- James Suckling, 94 pts.
Like a dancer, this graceful rosé is lithe and limber yet powered by a sculpted frame, in this case, well-honed acidity and a minerally underpinning. That frame and the satiny mousse support a delicate range of wild strawberry, peach skin and smoked almond flavors with accents of oyster shell, lemon thyme and Mandarin orange peel. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
- Wine Spectator, 94 pts.
This latest Moët & Chandon vintage rosé is the product of a cool year, giving intensity to the texture as well as to the acidity. Combined with the light tannins from the red wine in the blend, the Champagne is taut, bringing fruit and freshness together. It obviously can age and will probably be at its best from 2023.
- Wine Enthusiast, 93 pts.
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