Product DetailsA 14-year maturation period has created a champagne with depth and character. Clarity and brightness in the glass hints at a nose full of dried fruits, spices and charred wood. From a year of excellent conditions for both pinot noir and chardonnay, the Grand Vintage Rosé 1998 has become a sought-after classic and a fine addition to any cellar.
How to enjoy
- Service temperature - 10-12°C
- When to drink - Drink now through 2025+
- 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 - 5 g/L
Blend and Origin
Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 1998
Pinot noir (43%), chardonnay (35%) and meunier (22%) make up this rosé champagne. It was a particularly good year for pinot noir from the Aube district and chardonnay from Côte des Blancs, and by harvest time, the meunier grapes were fully concentrated thanks to the late onset of hot weather.
This product can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age.
The story of a classic year
Moët & Chandon’s Grand Vintage Collection comprises some of the region's most unique and rare wines, telling the story of a singular year in the Champagne region. Safeguarded in the Grand Vintage Reserve cellars, each reflects the expertise of the cellar master and the qualities of the vintage. Pinot noir forms the backbone of the maison’s Grand Vintage Rosé 1998, providing structure and a unique firmness. A proportion of still red wine – again from pinot noir – imparts a beautiful spectrum of colours.
The Moët & Chandon estate is the most extensive in Champagne, with its vineyards covering 1,190 hectares across the region’s richest terroir. With plots in all five of the main areas of Champagne, the maison has the luxury of choice and its pick of the best grapes across the three champagne varietals – pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier, forming 43%, 35% and 22% in this vintage rosé. The scope and diversity of its vineyards – in Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aube – ensures the optimum selection of grapes, year after year, guaranteeing the incomparable quality for which the maison is known.
In what can be described as a “classic” year in the Champagne region, alternating periods of warm and cold weather in 1998 resulted in cycles of fast and slow growth. During the first 10 days of August, for the first time in the living memory of the region’s winemakers, the sun’s heat caused grillage – or dehydration – in the grapes. Fortunately, rains during the first half of September helped the fruits to enlarge once more. Patience was rewarded when the sunny second half of the month enabled full ripening, and by harvest time the grapes were healthy, ripe and fresh.
Elegant, lightly seasoned dishes are ideal
Begin with a salad of rocket and smoked duck, dressed with truffle oil. Or try an assortment of langoustine maki.
Morocco-inspired salmon seasoned with ras-el-hanout and served with wilted fennel will complement this lively vintage.