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Moet & Chandon MCIII Champagne

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A pioneering blend, MCIII is a champagne of complexity and harmony, and this magnum reflects the maison's mastery of ageing techniques and the art of assemblage or blending. MCIII is an expression of the maison’s visionary spirit, capturing the attributes of very different ageing environments – metal, wood and glass – to form a truly unique style.

Moët & Chandon’s MCIII has been 15 years in the making and could well be its most experimental and daring prestige cuvée yet! Its move comes at a time of heightened interest in prestige cult Champagne, as reported by companies such as Pernod Ricard and Moet’s owner, LVMH.

The first edition of MCIII was called 001.14, with ‘001’ being a reference to being the first cuvée and the ‘.14’ indicating the date it was disgorged. In his presentation of MCIII, Benoit Gouez explained that for the blend different wines were selected according to how they complimented each other, with different vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and three types of élevage (stainless steel, wood and in the bottle). This created three different ‘layers’, each with its own richness but never dominating over the other in order to create balance in the wine’s complexity.

The ‘layers’ can be explained as follows:

I. METAL The first layer (37.5%) is created by fermenting and aging the vintage 2003 wine in stainless steel with 50% made with Chardonnay (from Chouilly and Cramant) and the other 50% Pinot Noir (from Ay). This layer provided the fruit component and sunny intensity along with a sophisticated richness.

II. WOOD The second layer (37.5%) derived from previous vintages and involves the wood factor. It is a blend of the vins claims from the Grand Vintages 1998, 2000 and 2002 which were partially aged in 50hl oak foudres (barrels) and then kept in stainless steel vats.

III. GLASS The third layer (25%) is the most surprisingly original and has to do with glass. It is obtained by using a Champagne blend that has already undergone secondary fermentation in the bottle and was specifically disgorged for this layer, the vintages 1999, 1998 and 1993.

The final blend was then aged for 10 years in the bottle before being disgorged in July 2014. The masculine black bottle and packaging reflects the blending of metal, oak and glass – it’s stainless steel stopper replaces the traditional foil and cage, “creating a new kind of bottle opening ritual,” the glass opaque black, uniquely without a label and inscribed with 001.14 (001 indicated the first release in the series, the .14 a reference to the disgorgement year), coming complete in a specially-made wooden box – is dedicated as much to wine lovers and foodies as it is to champagne enthusiasts, and the design market too.

The result is an unprecedented wine which brings together maturity and depth with freshness and elegance, fruit with minerality and refinedness with expression. All things considered, MCIII is a complicated and amazing Champagne ‘concept’ and very limited quantity produced.
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Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage NV
Winery Moet et Chandon
Grape Varietals Champagne Blend
Size 750 milliliter
Includes Gift Packaging Yes
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