With cooler weather, 2008 was a classic vintage. The potential alcohol is average at 9.8%, but the total acidity of 8.6 grams per liter is the highest level of the past ten years, thereby making it most closely resemble the 1998 and 1988 vintages. The assemblage is 46% Pinot Noir (20% red wine), 32% Chardonnay, and 22% Meunier.
Disgorged in April 2015, the dosage is somewhat low at five grams per liter. It presents a perfect harmony of soft fruit flavors and pure acidity.
Benoît commented that while “faced with this taut acidity, it was a great challenge of ours to find a way to express the softness of MOËT & CHANDON.” Here, the assemblage was done using a lower ratio of Chardonnay grapes, which are especially acidic. A sharp acidity is encapsulated, but the blanc still needs a bit more time to mature.
He goes on to say,“The twenty percent red wine making up the Champagne gives it a softness, which has made the Rosé ready to drink slightly earlier.”
For the unveiling of the Grand Vintage Rosé 2008, our table was awash in pink as the 2006, 1998, and 1988 rosés from the Grand Vintage Collection were also presented at the dinner.
If one were to describe the Grand Vintage Rosé 2008, released after maturing in the bottle for seven years, in a single word, that word would be “balance.” Its slightly darker hue of salmon pink is truly brilliant. On the nose, there are floral notes of rose, a citrus fragrance of pink grapefruit, and the aroma of red fruits including raspberry and red currant. On the palate, sweetly fragrant fruity flavors wrap the tip of the tongue, after which the unadulterated acidity, characteristic of this vintage, spreads throughout. The structure is deep and folded into many layers, as it finishes with a lingering aftertaste.
Rosé that pairs well with any dish
Baked Kinmedai Sea Bream with Scales and Sautéed Corn, Girolles, and Butterhead Lettuce prepared by Chef Ippei Matsumoto of La Paix in Nihonbashi. The color of the crispy skin of the fish complements the delicious hue of the Grand Vintage Rosé. The rich flavor of the scales match the yeasty aroma derived from sur lie, while the complex flavors of seven years of maturation intermingle beautifully with the fragrance of girolle mushrooms. The delicate seasoning draws out the umami flavors and is well-suited to this low-dosage champagne.
The well-balanced and deliciously acidic Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 pairs well with any dish, making it truly versatile. Being quite unobtrusive, it will certainly be attuned to the sophisticated and delicate cuisine of recent years that highlights the flavors of the ingredients. Even with red meat dishes, it should provide a fine accompaniment, depending on how the inherent tartness is used.
Without necessarily having to be a duet with the blanc, the Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 can satisfy perfectly as a solo selection. When tasting this cuvée, you will see for yourself the reason why MOËT & CHANDON rosés are so popular.
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