Moet & Chandon "Impérial" Brut Champagne

SKU #1050627 91 points Wine Spectator

 Lemon curd and glazed apricot notes mix with hints of biscuit, black raspberry and smoky mineral in this lightly creamy version, offering a lively bead and well-cut acidity. Drink now through 2018.  (12/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Aromas of fresh pear, orange, toasted grain and sweet butter. Supple and open-knit, offering juicy orchard fruit flavors and a hint of smokiness. Pliant, smooth and broad on the persistent finish, leaving behind a subtle anise note.  (12/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very good classic champagne character - familiar, conventional and convincing. Genuine autolytic notes. It's great to have a brand leader making such good quality in such high volumes. (RH)  (2/ 2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 A lively mousse leads to a wine that is now drier than in the past; it’s crisp and apple-juice fresh. This is tight, bright and fruity, with a refreshing, citrusy finish.  (12/ 2012)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/20/2013  | Send Email
This wine replaced the white star in the US market in the fall of 2009 as Champagne lovers here asked for a drier style. Starting in the summer of 2012 all the Imperial is labeled Brut and the dosage is the same worldwide- 9 grams per liter. They blend four batches of the imperial a year, keeping the winemaking team and bottling lines busy. When I drank this with Moet winemaker Elise Losfelt, she explained that the first blend in January following the harvest uses the most reserve wines- around 30%, while the last blend of the year will use around 20% because of the better maturity of the base vintage. Since they want a fresh style of wine at Moet, they only use one to two year old reserve wines. They age all of the Imperial for 30 months on the lees before release. This was certainly the best Imperial I have drunk, with a discreet nose of bread dough and apple-like Meunier fruit. It was easy to drink, dry and clean and a nice way to start an evening.

 By: Doug Spilatro |  Review Date: 1/3/2012 
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Perfect for new years eve. Very drinkable and smooth. Nice.

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 12