Champagne house Moët & Chandon recently introduced the new Grand Vintage 2009. Presented at the all new Hotel TwentySeven in Amsterdam, the new Grand Vintage champagne was unveiled in a celebratory manner. Champagne flowing, exquisite food pairings and excellent company. Ingredients to every champagne lover’s idea of a perfect night.
The Grand Vintage 2009 champagnes consist of a distinctive Pinot Noir blend. Which is curious considering the Chardonnay was the preferred grape in most recent years. But the extreme weather circumstances of late (of cold winters and spring showers) have resulted in a rather prosperous harvest of the Pinot Noir grapes. This made the Moët & Chandon Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouez, opt for a new shining star.
Which, the Pinot Noir quite is, in an interesting way. The grape makes for a strong, rich champagne and adds to the defining complexity of the champagne’s core flavor. Subtle hints of sweet peach and apricot are also revealed after a sip or two.
To justly pair the new edition, a dinner was held at the new (soon to be opened) restaurant Bougainville. Chef Pascal Jalhay and wine director Lendl Mijnhijmer (a remarkable pair who – I’m sure – will be making headlines soon) complemented the champagne with beautiful dishes whilst making sure the champagne was the highlight of the evening (although I must say, that fresh gadogado with mussels, coconut cream and tempura of water spinach was absolutely brilliant). I’m keeping an eye on this restaurant!
After a marvelous main of wagyu beef with sauerkraut, avocado and various vegetables (paired with the Grand Vintage Collection 2002), we end the evening with the Grand Vintage 2009 Rosé. A rosé champagne that left our hearts singing and our supple palates craving for more.