Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the Moet & Chandon Chef de Cave’s personal, free interpretation of the singular qualities of that year’s grapes. The House’s 73rd vintage, Grand Vintage 2009, has an obvious maturity. The initial nuances of the bouquet are harvest notes and vanilla which gradually expand into darker, toastier notes (grilles sesame seeds, roasted almonds, mocha). Concurrently, hints of juicy, flesh fruits (peaches, apricots) and a floral scent of roses and peonies round out the delicate ensemble. On the palate, the controlled power of the Pinot Noir, with notes of honey and mild spices, is underscored by a nuance of pink grapefruit.