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A glance on LVMH

LVMH is one of the most important luxury company in the world: born in 1987 from the merger of Louis Vuitton, brand specialized in fashion, and Moët-Hennessy, specialized in the spirit and wine sector. The company includes some of the most iconic and prestigious champagne houses: from Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot to its most famous brands, Dom Pérignon, Krug and Ruinart.

We’ve had the pleasure to sample some of their new bottles, one for each maison. In this article you’ll find our impressions and soon you’ll also find the new bottles in the Maison and Cuvée sections of the app.

The tasting of Ruinart’s Blanc de Blancs was penalized by a bottle that was not in its best shape, where the precise baking and citrus notes, corresponding in the bouquet and on the palate, are left unfinished.

Despite a higher percentage of pinot noir (it’s the 50% against the 36% of chardonnay, with a remaining small percentage of pinot meunier) Moët’s Grand Vintage 2009 is characterized by a bouquet made of white flowers and lemon, followed by smoked and sweet bakery tones that, however, do not return with the same intensity at the tasting, less expressive, ending on a bitter note.

Extra Brut Extra Old is Veuve Clicquot’s newest creation. The idea behind it is to merge in one bottle what chef de cave Dominique Demarville considered to be the six most significate vintages of the last 30 years (1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010), aged in steel vats with a lower dosage (3 g/l) compared to the maison’s traditional one and a higher percentage of pinot noir (65%) than chardonnay. Our tasting has been characterized by a pungent vegetal bouquet, followed by sweet notes of baking and honey. They lead the taste as well, a rich and structured sensation on the palate, followed by a good sour one, however the wine does not extend as much as we were hoping.

Krug’s Grande Cuvée 164ème Édition is the archetype of the maison’s style, in maybe one of their best editions. Born from the union of eleven vintages from 1990 to 2008 and eight years of aging in the cellar, its bouquet excites us with the variety of ingredients and tones, from red fruits to sweet pastries, from candied orange to chalk, for a shameless and self-confident wine that captivates you with its taste, sip after sip.

Finally, Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2009. We sampled it during its presentation in Rome last spring and we must say we were definitely more convinced then. Despite its linear olfactory and gustative profile, this time it seemed tightened, more reserved, distant from what we remembered. Maybe it’s just a phase or an unlucky bottle.