Moet & Chandon "Imperial" Brut Champagne
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Fresh pear and honey on the nose, with a gingery nuance adding lift. Smooth and fleshy, with good back-end lift and a lingering spicy note on the clinging finish. Shows more vivacity and cut than I've experienced with this bottling in recent years.
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.