Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2013 is the 75th House Grand Vintage champagne release.
A Grand Vintage is a true original, created around the Chef de Cave’s freedom of interpretation, from a selection of a single year’s most remarkable wines.
Since 1842, when Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage champagnes were first created to meet the demands of British and American connoisseurs for more mature wines, each vintage has reflected the Cellar Master’s subjective and emotional assessment of the personality and potential of each grape variety, and his respect for the individuality of each vintage in a given year.
The year 2013 was distinctive by its cold winter climate that delayed the growth cycle and resulted in a later than usual October harvest The climate in 2013 resulted in a later than usual harvest on Moët & Chandon’s vineyards, unprecedented since 1991.
Breaking a decade-long trend for early harvests, 2013 marked a return to an October harvest unseen since 1991. The challenge for winegrowers was to achieve a maturity that complied with the standards established in Champagne, while also keeping the vines in perfect health just as the days were getting shorter and temperatures were dropping.