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Moёt & Chandon’s first venture outside of France goes all the way back to 1959 where the then president of Moёt, Count Robert Jean de Vogüe, along with oenologist, Renaud Poirier, identified Argentina’s Mendoza district of Agrelo as the ideal spot to create Moët & Chandon’s first winery outside of France.
55 years later and Count Robert’s vision has finally landed on these shores with the launch of two Argentinian sparklers, Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé, to the UK market at London’s South Place Hotel.
The Chandon Brut is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Created in the traditional method with an ABV of 13%, the wine is all about citrus characters, from nose to taste, with a surprising noticeable hit of grapefruit on the palate. The bubbles meanwhile, as you would expect from a Moёt wine, are smooth, soft and tender.
Chandon’s Rosé is a refreshing 12.5% ABV. The wine itself is produced using a 50-50 split of Chardonnay and Pinot noir, plus a tiny splash of Malbec (3-5%) added to help give the wine a touch of colour. Again we have a wine whose bubbles are soft and elegant! The wine emits a lovely array of aromas with raspberries evidently dominating. The flavours are clean and echo the wines bubbles with a charming smooth feel leading to a touch of young green fruit on the finish.
Both wines have been picked up by Majestic with the Chandon Brut going in at £19.49, or Buy Two Save 33% bringing the overall cost down to £12.98 a bottle. Meanwhile the Rosé will be going into branches at the end of July. In the meantime Argentinian restaurant group, Gauchos, will also be adding the Chandon range to their wine list.
The elegance and passion of both these wines was apparent for all to see. Future consumers, unaware of the quality of Argentinian fizz, or unaware that Argentina does anything else apart from Malbec, are in for a taste treat.
All prices correct at time of publication, subject to availability.
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Featured in Harpers.co.uk Opinion & Columnist section