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Moët & Chandon "Impérial" Brut Champagne

SKU #1050627 91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This blend is mostly Pinot Noir and Meunier, including 10% red wine for color. Chardonnay accounts for 10% to 20%, including a portion of reserve wines that may be providing the oceanic, oyster-shell notes that bring to mind Champagne’s Kimmeridgean limestone. This is broad and loose up front, with fruity scents of orange and pomegranate. Then the wine keeps buzzing with brisk acidity, tightening up and extending the flavors with energy. An impressive release of Impérial. Inner quote mark (12/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Bright and balanced, featuring a fine, lively bead, mouthwatering acidity and a lightly toasty profile of poached pear and black currant flavors, with rich hints of lemon curd and pastry cream. (AN) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light, bright yellow. Musky pear and toasty lees on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and open-knit, with a hint of bitter lemon pith adding back-end cut. Finishes on a gently smoky note, with very good cling and focus and a hint of bitter quinine. This must be the best example of this bottling that I've had in years, if not decades. In the past the Imperial Brut received a dosage of 12 g/l, but no more; in fact, there's talk that in the near future it may be dropped down as far as 7 g/l. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

Decanter

Outer quote mark This Champagne has a large portion of both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as up to 30% of reserve wine and a dosage of 9g/l. It has a very citrussy nose, with zippy yellow and white fruits on the palate. It's medium-bodied and nicely balanced, with a pleasantly fruity foundation of primarily red fruit. A nice match with sushi. (YC) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Distinctive, slightly bruised apple scent. Fleshy on the palate. Reassuringly good quality for a leading brand. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

James Suckling

Outer quote mark A simple array of pears and melon with light berry-pastry notes. The palate is slightly dilute. Simple pear and lemon-pastry flavors and fresh, bready complexity at the finish. Inner quote mark (9/2018)

Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Well balanced, this Champagne, even with its enormous production, remains a benchmark and is always enjoyable. In this bottling, ripe white fruit is cut with citrus, with an edge of toastiness that gives complexity. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2018)


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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | 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.

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