The luxury department store, Harrods, is to put an extremely rare case of Moet & Chandon 1911 Grand Vintage Collection on display in its Christmas window. The house has released just 11 six-bottle cases of the 100-year-old wine, disgorged last January, with each being offered to a different market around the world. One of the cases was auctioned at a gala dinner in Shanghai in September, raising $100,000 for charity.
Since 1743, Moet & Chandon have impressed sommeliers with their various new offerings, often presenting them in special edition versions, to cash in their novelty value. In recent times, after creating special editions like the Golden Jeroboam, and the Ice Imperial, this 1911 Grand Vintage collection joins the lot as one of the premier offerings.
Wine critic Tom Stevenson, said: Tasting this outstanding wine was an enormous privilege. “Although a Champagne of this age would usually be a copper brown, Grand Vintage Collection 1911 is a beautiful pale yellow gold. The nose is still floral and fruity and after a century, it’s still bubbly on the palate! Grand Vintage Collection 1911 is a superb vintage champagne, both elegantly mature and deliciously lively.
Describing the wine, Moët & Chandon chef de cave Benoît Gouez said: It’s a stunning Champagne – an inspiration. “I’m astounded by the fact that, after a hundred years, it overflows with vitality and energy, and boasts both impressive depth and amazing freshness. According to Gouez, the nose contains: notes of brioche, candied fruits and panettone, with intense middle notes of mocha, crème brûlée and honey, and hints of leather and tobacco, while the body is supple, velvety and perfectly balanced.
A true connoisseur’s delight, the Moet & Chandon coffret contains 6 bottles presented in custom black leather chest with elegant brass fittings; perfect for gift giving, drinking and keeping this century-old treasure from the legendary champagne house. The £65,000 ($101,500) case has gone on display in one of Harrods’ Christmas windows.