Moet & Chandon winemaker visits NZ

Moet for Mother’s Day


Bubbles on any budget

Posted 5 May 2015

This column was first published as Cheers in Living magazine in The Herald on Sunday, Auckland, New Zealand, 3 May 2015.

If mum lived closer to Auckland, I know exactly what I’d pour into her glass next Sunday, 10 May, for Mother’s Day. She loves light bodied whites, so riesling is a good option, but bubbles are even better. The world’s largest Champagne producer, Moet & Chandon, sent winemaker Marc Brevot to New Zealand last month to show and tell about a bunch of bubbly beauties. Call it the power of suggestion but the Moet Nectar Imperial is well named. Even better was the vintage version from 2006; an absolute stunner and not too crazily priced, considering how much it can cost to take a family out for lunch these days. Big brand bubbles sound appealing and Bollinger, Krug, Moet, Mumm, Perrier-Jouet, Veuve Clicquot and Taittinger are all good;  Taitt’s Comtes de Champagne is costly but lives up to its price. But if dreams of drinking them are supported by a Prosecco budget, don’t despair. Head to Caro’s in Parnell, and check out the lively Italian below.

Trio of top drops

Ora Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG $24.99
Clean, fresh, dry, 11% alcohol and lots of fun. From Caro’s in Parnell.

Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial $79.99
Moet is the largest producer of Champagne in the world, which keeps the pressure on the company’s winemakers to ensure their ‘everyday’ bubbly has the X factor, which this outstanding super fresh, full bodied white does. It is always aged for up to two and a half years before being sold. The ‘t’ is pronounced; ‘Mow-et’.

Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006, $109.99
(Served by the glass at $28 at The Grove in Auckland’s CBD.)
It is nine years old but tastes as fresh as a you-know-what, with rich concentrated flavours of white flowers and peach; indicating it has the extra je ne sais quo that you would hope for at this price.