Last weekend we sat down to our Vintec Club Private at home tasting. We couldn’t make it to the live event as we needed to fit it in around bubs and feeding of course!
The tasting was champagne! Moët & Chandon to be exact and it’s safe to say we have a whole new appreciation for this major champas brand. We learnt so much from winemaker Marie-Christine from Moët such as:
- There are 10 winemakers on the team and 40 cellarmen – this increases to 300 cellarmen during vintage!
- Their grapes are all handpicked and 3,000 people help bring in the grapes from their vineyard
- The reason experts prefer to drink from standard wine glasses vs champagne flutes is so the champagne can breathe. Because it spends time on lees, it needs to breathe in order to properly reveal itself
In the tasting we tried their signature Non-Vintage and also their 2012 Vintage. We got a few of the recommended food matches to accompany our tasting: fries & aioli, Brie, vintage cheddar and some Gouda. They also suggested sushi which we’ll do next time.
Here’s some notes I jotted down on the sparklers:
Moët & Chandon Champagne NV
Fresh orchard fruit – think apples pears with some grapefruit zest, lychee and almonds with a lick of honey. It went really well with the triple cream Brie we had from Tassie.
Moët & Chandon Champagne Vintage 2012
This one was delicious with the vintage cheddar we had. Very smooth with delicious refreshing acidity, pear and walnut brioche with grapefruit zest. We both preferred the vintage.
I can’t wait for the next Vintec Club tasting!