Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rose 2012 - 750ml

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94pts Tasting Panel

Smooth and juicy with deep raspberry and strawberry. A blend of 42% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonmay, and 23% Pinot Meunier, it’s crisp, elegant, and nuanced with layers of mature notes.

93pts Wine & Spirits

A wine with energy and grace, this shows the power of meunier in 2012. Pinot meunier makes up 23 percent of the blend, and its wild strawberry brightness is apparent in the flavors. Pinot noir provides 42 percent, and chardonnay, 35 percent. The finish darkens to black raspberry, emboldened by 13 percent red wine in the blend, the flavors lasting with a purity and freshness that should carry the wine as it ages. Richly saturated, this is a clean Champagne with drive.

90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Disgorged in February 2018 with five grams per liter dosage, the 2012 Extra Brut Grand Vintage Rosé bursts with expressive aromas of cherries, red berries, peaches and marzipan. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with a similarly broad and fleshy profile to its white counterpart, but with more phenolic structure from the 13% still Pinot Noir in the blend, which lends it a seemingly drier, chalkier finish even though the two cuvées saw the same dosage. The more-concentrated regular Extra Brut has the edge over the Rosé, but this is a creditable effort.

Winemaker Notes

Grand Vintage Rose 2012, the House’s 43rd vintage stands out for its maturity, complexity and charisma. Grand Vintage Rose 2012 is evocative of the transition from spring to summer, with a certain delicacy accompanied by freshness and nuances of coral.

Coral pink with nuances of orange and a fine, persistent bead. A fresh bouquet: the first refreshing notes of pink grapefruit and blood orange are followed by notes of small red stone fruits such as Morello cherry before finishing on more botanical nuances of wild strawberry and rhubarb. A harmonious palate: the first impression is harmonious, soft and silky. The initially light, delicate texture asserts itself in a lightly astringent finish with notes of stone fruits such as Victoria plum or damson plum.