The infamous Brut Imperial dressed in a Mini 200ml format. Perfect for parties and is a nice gesture for a gift.
At well over 20 million bottles, and rising steeply, this one wine accounts for more than 7% of Champagne’s production. To put this in perspective, the vines that supply this label alone would cover an area close to 4000 rugby fields! This is a blend of everything from everywhere, on an oceanic scale that makes a single blend impossible, dictating three quite different blends every year. Gouez and his team blend from December until June. The aim is to use young and fruity reserves of two vintages to build consistency by contributing any elements missing from the latest harvest. On average, the proportion of reserve wines in this blend is much higher than in the past (another reason for Moët’s recent huge investment in storage capacity), particularly in the challenging vintages of recent years, as much as 50% in the first blend of the year, though fruitiness remains the goal, not maturity. There is thus no recipe, with a different dosage and different liqueur for every batch. ‘I call this tailor-made winemaking,’ says Gouez. ‘We have to adapt and be flexible. How can a house of this size be flexible? For me, craftsmanship is not about being small, but about having an ambition to focus on every detail.’
The mind-boggling scale of Brut Impérial makes its improvement in recent years all the more impressive, and it’s as lively and fresh as ever. Grapefruit zest, lemon pulp and red apple unite in a style underlined by the toasty, nutty influence of bottle age. Acid line more than dosage defines the finish, with some dry grip to the structure.
Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019
About the house
Moët et Chandon has been the number one selling champagne in the world for hundreds of years and for many people, it is the first association they have with champagne. The house was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët, an experienced wine trader who became increasingly interested in this increasingly popular sweet sparkling wine! Having formed a close relationship with Napoleon Bonaparte, the first Emperor of France, Jean-Baptist Moët – grand-son of Claude further added to the celebrity of the brand which continued with strength to strength. Jean-Baptist inherited the house from his Grand Father and took the brand to international prominence. Moët produce many millions of bottles per year and have big sponsorship contracts with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Roger Federer.
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