Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne
Brut Impérial is Moët & Chandon signature house cuvée and the world’s best-selling Champagne.
Established by Claude Moët, the house can trace its history back to 1743. Blended from over 200 crus, bringing together the structure of Pinot Noir, class of Chardonnay and the suppleness of Pinot Meunier.
‘…smooth and dry, savoury and imbued with mushroom and bready yeast-matured, Pinot-like complexities. I like this… the finish is rich, soft, clean – and satisfying.’ Huon Hooke.
‘Aromas of citrus, flowers, hazlenut and smoke. On the palate a lighter, more delicate style of Champagne… Not sweet either. Fine persistent bead. Well balanced with nothing out of place. Dry minerally finish. Very easy to drink.' Gary Walsh.
‘…some grapefruit, pears, apples and fine toasty nuances. They've got this market-leading NV in terrific shape at the moment, really fresh.’ Nick Stock.
Medium to full straw-yellow colour, and a developed, complex, mellow bouquet showing some depth of aged material. Toasted bread Champagne character. The taste is smooth and dry, savoury and imbued with mushroom and bready yeast-matured pinoty complexities. I like this, although it's not especially refined or delicate. The finish is rich, soft and clean -- and satisfying. 91 points, Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com).
Aromas of citrus, flowers, hazlenut and smoke. On the palate a lighter more delicate style of Champagne. Quite minerally/chalky with citrus and soda water flavours. Not sweet either. Fine persistent bead. Well balanced with nothing out of place. Dry minerally finish. Very easy to drink. An excellent standing-up Champagne. 91 points, Gary Walsh (winefront.com.au).
A nice edge of reductive complexity on the nose here, some grapefruit, pears, apples and fine toasty nuances. They've got this market-leading NV in terrific shape at the moment, really fresh. The palate delivers simple apple flavour and has a sweet gloss across the finish. 91 points, Nick Stock, Good Australian Wine Guide.
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.