94 Points Robert Parker
Moët’s 40th vintage Rosé, the salmon-colored 2006 Grand Vintage Rosé Brut, assembles 47% Pinot Noir (of which 23% is red wine), 33% Chardonnay and 20% Meunier; it opens with a deep, complex, precise, fresh, elegant and well focused bouquet of red berries, nougat, plums, cherries, flint stone, wax and frankincense. Full-bodied, rich, intense and powerful on the palate, with a good concentration, licorice flavors, a firmly structured elegance and persistent finish, this is a remarkably pure though complex Rosé Champagne. It has grip and tension, but also finesse and freshness. No need to drink this Millésime all too soon. This sample was disgorged in September 2013 with a dosage of five grams per liter.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Stephan Reinhardt. March, 2016
89 Points Tyson Stelzer
Moët harvests red wine for its vintage rosé from its best estate pinot noir plots of low-yielding old vines, green harvested to reduce yields when necessary. Twice the necessary vineyard area is prepared, to permit choice of the grapes with the best phenolic maturity to provide structure. Red wine is macerated for 5– 7 days to draw out ripe, soft character, without hard tannins. With dusty, tilled earth and a dry phenolic palate of chewy tannin grip and subtle almond-skin bitterness on release, it’s appreciated a year in bottle for its red apple and pear fruit, layers of spice, freshly baked gingernut biscuits and hint of roast tomato to emerge. A full crimson hue in a savoury and secondary style, it’s already at its peak, true to the early-developing nature of 2006. It upholds its persistence amidst soft phenolic presence and well-integrated dosage.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.