"The cellar masters and enologists chose those vintages which were the most striking, which brought the most to the blend. They were particularly interested in capturing the spirit of the century through the intrinsic qualities of the vintages and their complementarity," said Jean-Baptiste Maugars, director of international marketing at Moet & Chandon.
Esprit du Siecle also marks the introduction of a new phase in the production of a Champagne. Cellar master Dominique Foulon and his group of enologists introduced a new third fermentation stage in bottle as well as additional aging with the lees, or sediments. The wine has been maturing for three years in magnums.
Of the 323 magnums produced, 30 will be offered for sale in September directly from the Champagne house in Epernay at about $21,000 a magnum. Another hundred will be offered to a number of celebrities throughout the world and a further hundred will be available to Moet & Chandon's 1,500 employees throughout its international branches. Moet & Chandon will also keep a few bottles in its cellars to age. "We didn't create this Champagne with a commercial aim in mind. It is more the realization of a dream than anything else," said Maugars.
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