MOËT & CHANDON'S DISTINCTIVE STYLE
18th September 2018
There’s nothing more thrilling than raising a glass of champagne to celebrate milestone moments in life but do you know what makes the glamourous tipple so special?
The Moët & Chandon style is distinctive: a bright fruitiness, a seductive palate and an elegant maturity that are the result of the slow, gradual progression from vine to cellar. Every stage in the process relies on the complementary know-how of vine growers, vat men, cellar men, oenologists (wine experts to those unfamiliar) and other professionals all united by the strong principles that constitute our core values.
As chef de cave, Benoît Gouez’s mastery of his art ensures champagne with the distinctive Moët & Chandon character. His style and integrity are essential to bringing out the best in each year’s harvest, in his words, “highlighting and sublimating the special characteristics of the grapes grown in Champagne.” With his consummate respect for the natural qualities of the fruit, this young, atypical chef de cave is the ideal guardian of the Moët & Chandon spirit.
Meticulous attention to every facet of the unique winemaking process and the unparalleled richness of the vineyards is the key to Moët & Chandon’s legendary style. Access to the finest and most wide-ranging selection of fruit in the region enables the experts at renowned brand to create wines of quality, precision and uniqueness, wines that truly express the diversity and the complementarity of the three champagne grapes, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
Pinot Noir: for body, structure and intensity
Pinot Meunier: for suppleness, roundness and fullness
Chardonnay: for elegance, acidity and freshness
Moët cellar master Benoît Gouez explains how Moët & Chandon magnums are the ultimate centre piece for your celebratory moment. Not only a spectacle to behold, the expert even suggests that champagne tastes superior poured from a magnum:
“Pouring from a magnum is simply a better way to drink champagne, not only because of the bold and impressive visual aspect but also because of the way the champagne matures in the bottle. A magnum has twice the volume of a standard bottle but the same neck size, so each bottle’s air content is the same, meaning it matures slower and therefore longer, resulting in a more complex and harmonious taste.”
As the ultimate celebratory champagne, Moët & Chandon is always at the heart of festivities and milestones in a life time, with one champagne cork popped every second around the globe. But what’s the right way to uncork a champagne bottle? Which glassware should guests be sipping from? Gouez explains the etiquette on glassware:
“A flute is a traditional visual cue for champagne and sets it apart when ordered in a restaurant or bar, beautifully showing the effervescence of champagne in the tall glass. However, if you ask a wine expert, you’ll find they use a wine glass to drink champagne; ideally with a wider base and slightly narrower at the top to release more of the aroma for the drinker to appreciate. It also allows the champagne to breathe, creating a fruitier, superior taste on your palate. On your special day you may also appreciate the easier to
“POURING FROM A MAGNUM IS SIMPLY A BETTER WAY TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE, NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BOLD AND IMPRESSIVE VISUAL ASPECT BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE CHAMPAGNE MATURES”
Despite his expert tips and advice, Gouez, believes there is one key ingredient to best enjoying champagne:
“Champagne may traditionally be associated with glamour and etiquette, but truly at the heart of it is celebration. I like to think of champagne as the drink of choice when marking a special occasion, popping the cork and sharing something grand in the spirit of generosity and vivacity.
It’s about marking that special moment around the dinner table or gathered on the sofa with friends and families, sharing your experiences, success and milestones together in one celebration. That’s the joie de vivre I try to capture with every bottle of Moët & Chandon, and truly the very best way to enjoy champagne; with loved ones.”
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