HELSINKI, Dec. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After days of blind-tasting hundreds of champagnes, the final results were tabulated. Any champagne making it into the Top 100 in the rigorous tasting by our editorial board and guest specialists can warmly be recommended. Still, there can only be one winner.
This year our choice is Moët & Chandon MCIII.
Moët & Chandon's prestige cuvee since 2015, MCIII is an unforeseen champagne concept bringing Moët's vast resources and reserve wine treasures to the fore.
The number three in MCIII refers to its various aging universes: wood, metal and glass. The wines of the latest harvest year (2003 in this case) are fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wood refers to oak vats, where older reserve wines (2002, 2000 and 1998) have aged. The glass, in turn, refers to bottle-matured champagnes that crown the blend (1999, 1998 and 1993). A big proportion of reserve wines and long aging result in a beautifully mature and complex, generously vinous champagne that develops majestically in the glass.
TOP 10 champagnes for 2017
1 Moët & Chandon MCIII NV 001.14
2 Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rose 2004
3 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
4 Louis Roederer Cristal 2009
4 Dom Perignon 2009
6 Deutz Cuvee William Deutz 2006
6 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006
6 Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs NV
6 Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel NV
10 Canard-Duchêne Charles VII Blanc de Blancs NV
2016 Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle NV
2015 Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rose 2002
2014 Louis Roederer Cristal Rose 2002
2013 Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000
2012 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2000
2011 Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
2010 Armand de Brignac Brut Gold NV
FINE Champagne magazine's aim with this annual ranking is to taste the vast offering on the international markets in order to select the champagnes that are showing best this very moment. The most important criterion is the quality of the wine and its accessibility today.
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