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Moet & Chandon Imperial 187ml

Champagne, Brut,
 Non-Vintage

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Description

Moet Imperial Brut is the House’s iconic champagne bottle. Created in 1869, it embodies the unique Moet & Chandon style; a style that distinguishes itself by its bright fruitiness, seductive palate, and elegant maturity

Variety: Champagne, Brut
Region: Champagne, France
Winemaker: Moet & Chandon
Size: 187 ml
Alcohol: 12.0%

Winemaker's Notes

The color is an elegant golden straw yellow with amber highlights. Its aromas are radiant, revealing bright yellow-fleshed fruits (apple, pear, yellow peach), honey, floral nuances (lime blossom) and elegant blond notes (brioche and fresh nuts). The palate is seductive, richly flavorful and smooth combining generosity and subtlety, fullness and vigor, followed by a delicately fresh crispiness (fruit with seeds), to reveal the magical balance of Champagne

John's Notes

Please note that this Moet Mini is 187ml (quarter bottle)

In preparation for my 10/2019 Sparkling Wine Exam consisting of both a blind tasting and wine theory component, I drank countless bottles of bubbles over a “sparkling-only” period of about 3 months. To be honest, very few of them were as delicious and as high quality as Moet & Chandon’s Imperial Brut.  And yes, I really did forego all (almost) other wine and drank only sparkling during that period – and I really enjoyed it!

A couple quick Q&As

  • Q:  What does it mean when a bottle of Champagne says Brut on the label?
  • A:  Simply, the dosage level for Brut Champagne yields 0 to 12 g/l of residual sugar
  • Q:  What is dosage?
  • A:  After disgorging the yeast sediment from the bottle, dosage (mix of cane sugar and wine) is added to the bottle which determines the sweetness of the Champagne
Nerdy Details

Winemaker:  Moet & Chandon

  • Moet & Chandon was founded as Moet et Cie in 1743 by Claude Moet
  • At the end of the 18th century, Claude’s grandson Jean-Remy Moet took over the business and introduced Champagne and the Moet brand to the rest of the world
  • In 1833, when Jean-Remy’s son-in-law, Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles, joined the business that the House was renamed Moet & Chandon

Variety: Pinot Noir (30 – 40%), Pinot Meunier (30 – 40%), Chardonnay (20 – 30%)

Region:  Champagne, France

Climate:

  • Champagne’s climate is generally considered to be Cool, Continental with growers often challenged by winter freeze, spring frosts, and rainy, cloudy weather

Viticulture/Winemaking:

  • The soils of Champagne are dominated by chalk which retains water during wet periods and provides good drainage in dry periods
  • The grapes are harvested exclusively by hand; a process which takes roughly 3500 well-trained pickers
  • The blend was created from more than 100 different wines, of which 20% to 30% are reserve wines specially selected to enhance its maturity, complexity and constancy
  • The assemblage reflects the diversity and complementarity of the three grapes varietals
  • Maturation occurs mostly in the bottles which are stored in Moet’s roughly 28km of underground cellars
  • Dosage 9 g/L

Alcohol: 12.0%

Pairs With: Fried calamari, oysters, mac & cheese (not kidding – try it!)

Reviews

Tasting Panel (92): This spectacular wine replaces White Star as the flag bearer for the brand. It is a stunning improvement with a lovely citrus nose that shows hints of white flowers, minerals and brioche; it is smooth textured with graceful structure, bright acidity and showing long, precise and vivid flavors

Wine & Spirits (90): Tart red-fruit scents give this a vinous profile, fragrant with cranberry, root vegetables and ginger. It finishes clean, with cool limestone minerality. Cellar this for a year to let the flavors develop further

Wine Spectator (90): A rich note of grilled nut meets flavors of Asian pear, preserved lemon and mineral on the palate of this creamy Champagne, driven by a firm streak of refreshing acidity

Decanter (90): Toasty biscuit, plush apricot and a hint of zesty lemon peel, the palate is braced with bright lime and soft spice

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