None better than MOET & CHANDON, who have been in the Champagne business since 1842.
Each Grand Vintage is unique and occurs only after evaluating the harvest.
The Champagnes are made solely from the grapes of the vintage year, in this case 2004, where the quality has been elevated to their fullest by the Chef de Cave, Benoit Gouez, and the years of experience of Moet & Chandon.
If you serve the 2004 vintages to ring in the New Year and have at least half a bottle left, there is a solution.What I have learned is that you really don’t have to finish the bottle after that toast. Buy a better Champagne stopper at your local wine merchant and cork your bottle immediately after pouring. You can re-use the bottle the next day and have the same experience, cork sound included.
Both the Brut and Rose have been aged for seven years. I found outstanding notes of dark fruit, dried figs, dates, spices and dark chocolate in the Rose. The wine is somewhat dry with tannic qualities that help highlight the Pinot Noir grape. The silkiness of the salmon- copper hue of the Rose make this a special Rose, one worthy of the Grand Vintage label.
At $65 or under per bottle, I believe the 2004 Grand Vintage Brut and Rose are exceptional values.