Moët & Chandon Focus
Moët & Chandon is offering a glimpse into the future of Champagnes, luxury Champagnes to be exact. Recently launched, the prestigious brand is introducing MC III, the Champagne house’s latest that evolves beyond bubbles. Hong Kong Tatler is privileged to sit down with Benoit Gouez, Moët & Chandon’s chef de cave, as he describes this new Champagne for the world to taste.
The uniqueness of MC III begins with its design, fusing elements of wood, steel, and glass into a new transformation that makes the bottle an extraordinary mix of past, present, and future. Within the sleek design lies a cuvee that is unlike others, let alone its preceding bottles. Unlike Moët & Chandon’s conventional Champagnes, MC III is a complex Champagne that reveals multiple layers of notes and aromas both on the nose and on the palate.
The significance of MC III is more than its name and design. The Champagne is created in three layers, known as stradas The first strada involves a blend of wines that come from warm, intense year and aged in stainless steel, yielding fruitiness.
The following addition of wines come from large aged oak casks, adding creaminess and unctuous texture to the product. The third, and most original addition of MCIII is the third fermentation with vintage Champagnes that have been aged between five to ten years. A tried and true recipe of building complexity, the third strada builds tertiary characteristics, adding energy and uniqueness that builds up on both texture, aroma, and taste.
The MC III experience begins as the bottle is uncorked, the Champagne the shades of liquid gold, revealing the delicate time taken through years of maturation in the cellar at Moët & Chandon. The aromas are rich and welcoming, beginning with coffee, mocha, and chocolate, slowly transforming into spring and summer stone fruits and even candied citrus marmalade. The swiveling of the glass releases the intriguing aroma in multiple layers, followed by a taste of its tender sensations that builds up impressively on the palate and linger on.
Champagne requires no excuse to be enjoyed throughout the day, as is MC III, enjoyable on its own as well as for food pairing options. The multiple layers of the Champagne is maximized through savoury pairing with cheeses as well as charcuterie, as the savoury nature of the cured meats, or even the rich umami of seafood such as oysters, or fish and crustacean dishes.
MC III is more than just a Champagne, it instills style and perseverance through time, as everything good comes to those who wait, and in the case of MC III, one is delighted to prove this theory right.