Product DetailsA brooding, precise vintage from a year where conditions were excellent for both chardonnay and pinot noir, Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988 has an energetic palate and a smoky nose. The Grand Vintage collection comprises the maison’s rarest and most individual champagnes. The 1988 is an impressive, characterful vintage that drinks well even now.
How to enjoy
- Service temperature - 10-12°C
- When to drink - Drink now through 2020+
- Storage advice - Store horizontally in a cool (10-15°C), dark place away from vibrations
- Closure - Cork
- Health warning - Contains sulphites
- Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
- Dosage - 7.5 g/L
Blend and Origin
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 1988
It was an ideal year for both pinot noir (50%) and chardonnay (30%) grapes in 1988, and the mild and rainy weather that initially challenged the meunier (20%) grapes was overcome. A late harvest meant grapes were able to reach peak ripeness, revealing a fine character and taut acidity. Disgorged in October 2003, the 1988 vintage exhibits a smokiness that is characteristic of the year.
This product can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age.
Fit for celebration
Including only the best vintages from 1842 to today, the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection is one of Champagne's most outstanding collections of unique champagnes. Each is special and original, the encapsulation of the year’s singular qualities and the cellar master’s expertise. Safeguarded in the maison’s cellars until their release, each vintage – including the smoky, taut 1988 – is exceptionally rare.
The Moët & Chandon estates are the most extensive in the whole of the Champagne region. Pinot noir, meunier and chardonnay grapes are grown in vineyards in all of the five main areas of Champagne, meaning the maison has the luxury of choice when it comes to creating a vintage. Spanning Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aube, the maison has access to approximately 200 of the 323 crus in the region, including 17 grands crus and 32 of the 44 premiers crus. In 1988, the pinot noir from Aube and chardonnay from Côte des Blancs were particularly magnificent.
Winter in Champagne in 1988 was mild and rainy, and while a hot, dry period in April facilitated budding, the timing varied from vineyard to vineyard. Flowering and fruit formation were aided by a sunny period in July, and when temperatures soared in August and September, the perfect conditions were created for grape ripening. The ultimate result was this vintage – distinguished by its smoky character.
Enjoy with fish and delicate flavours
The peppery, savoury taste of a celery risotto with aged Parmesan will work well with this fresh vintage.
The maison recommends turbot with oyster sauce and wakame jelly, or turbot with sorrel and lemon caviar.
A celery ice cream is an intriguing choice.