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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut
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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV

Champagne, FranceImpérial, Moet Chandon’s entry-level Champagne, is a blend of over 100 different base wines, of which 20 to 30 percent are reserve wines from older vintages. Not surprising for a wine of this volume, the declared varietal composition is a moving target, as each market may have a slightly different blend or disgorgement date. It’s roughly equal parts pinot noir and meunier, with 20 to 30 percent chardonnay. Is this recognizably Champagne? Yes. It has citrus and orchard fruit, brioche from some time on its lees, and hazelnuts from the reserve wine component. However, part of what makes champagne so exceptional is its mouth-filling, chalky texture and vibrant tension. And that’s what’s missing here: the flavours are present, but surprisingly dilute and thin on the palate, with the dosage taking away from the racy acidity. Consider looking elsewhere at this price point.Tasted: 27 November 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 69.99 BCLS SK 65.74 SaskLiquor MB 69.99 Manitoba Liquor Mart ON 67.00 LCBO QC 67.00 SAQ NB 71.79 NBLiquour NS 66.50 PEI 70.60 PEILiquour NL 78.99 NLLC BC 145.00 1500 BCLS AB 64.99 private wine stores ON 145.00 1500 The Beer Guy Producer: Moet & ChandonDistributors: Charton-Hobbs
Blend: Pinot Noir - Pinot Meunier - ChardonnayCSPC: 453084UPC: 3185370000335