New Moet Champagne that took 15 years to create

New Moet Champagne that took 15 years to createMore than a decade of experiments has culminated in a new Moet & Chandon Champagne that some critics have described as one of the most complex available. Moet & Chandon's MCIII ChampagneThe new Moet Champagne, MCIII Brut 001.14, may not be the most catchy of Champagne names, but wine critic Tyson Stelzer believes that ‘Moet & Chandon has contrived what might rank as the most complex recipe for a standing cuvee yet’.
Its go comes at a time of heightened consumer interest in standing cuvee Champagne, as reported by companies such as Pernod Ricard and Moet’s owner, LVMH.
Moet has spent the past 15 years trialling its new Champagne, and several untried bottlings have fallen by the wayside, writes Stelzer in an imminent feature for Decanter magazine.
‘The blend that did make it is based on small more than one third of the 2003 vintage ((50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir) and a small more than one-third of three vintages (2002, 2000 and 1999), vinified in tanks and aged for 5–7 months in 5000L oak ‘foudres’,’ writes Stelzer. Read more