Product DetailsA 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.
How to enjoy
- Service temperature - 10-12°C
- When to drink - Drink now through 2030+
- Storage advice - Store horizontally in a cool (10-15°C), dark place, and away from vibrations
- Closure - Cork
- Health warning - Contains sulphites
- Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
Blend and Origin
Moët & Chandon MCIII
This unique champagne is a three-tiered blend of 40% 2003 chardonnay and pinot noir wines; 40% 2002, 2000 and 1998 Grand Vintage still wines; and 20% 1999, 1998 and 1993 Grand Vintage champagnes. Once blended together, these components underwent secondary fermentation in the bottle and were aged an average of 10 years – resting for one further year before disgorgement.
This product can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age.
An extraordinary experiment
Born from a desire to capture the diverse qualities of three distinct wine-ageing environments in a single harmoniously complex champagne, MCIII is a state-of-the-art creation. Led by Cellar Master Benoît Gouez, Moët & Chandon winemakers created an assemblage never before seen in the maison’s history. Fifteen years of testing and tasting resulted in a champagne that combines the compelling fruitiness of the best 2003 chardonnay and pinot noir still wines with the captivating palate of Grand Vintage still wines from 1998, 2000 and 2002. A backbone of eminent maturity infused by 1993, 1998 and 1999 Grand Vintage champagnes completes the blend.
The three distinct ageing environments involved in each layer of MCIII – metal, wood and glass – are vital to the champagne’s success. Drawing from Moët & Chandon’s extensive reserves, stored in the 30 miles of caves beneath the maison, winemakers blended still wines aged in stainless steel vats, bringing richness, with oak-aged Grand Vintage wines, providing elegance, and Grand Vintage champagnes ageing in glass bottles, allowing for an incredible freshness.
The name MCIII is a celebration of Moët & Chandon’s three-tiered approach to the creative process. The first and only cuvée of this innovation to be released thus far is MCIII 001.14. The 001 references the fact that it is the first MCIII cuvée, while 14 indicates the disgorgement date. While this particular blend took 10 long years of elaboration, there will be more. MCIII is a revolutionary wine concept that Moët & Chandon will seek to expand, continuing to innovate and excite with each new release.
A powerful champagne requires classic matches
Caviar is the ultimate pairing for the rich, mature MCIII.
Try sautéed red mullet served on a bed of mashed potatoes, garnished with fresh and fragrant parsley.
Try with a light dessert based on griotte cherries.