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Moët and Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé Demi Sec
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Moët and Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé Demi Sec NV

Champagne, FranceI have to admit; I was pretty baffled when I went to taste this bottle. Took off the foil, readied my hand on the base of the bottle - but - there was no punt! What I found was a black plastic disc covering the bottom of the bottle, with a button. So I, of course, pushed the button. And the whole bottle lit up, illuminated from the bottom, and shining the whole way through up to the cork (easily evident through the clear glass). ooOOOoo. You can see how the Demi-Sec category is aimed directly at the nightclub set. #bling. Once I finally got around to opening it, a few days of pushing the button later, I found as anticipated: a sweeter, fruit-dominant sparkler, with a spine of acidity to almost attempt and hold the sweetness at bay. As with all their wines, the exact assemblage is a trade secret, but the breakdown goes something like this: Pinot Noir: 45 - 55% (10% still); Pinot Meunier: 35 - 45% (10% still); Chardonnay: 5 - 10%. Reserve wines make up 20-30%, and it was dosed at 30 g/L. Strawberry jam, sugarplums, is tightened with a cut of cranberry acidity across a thick strawberry meringue base. This finishes bright enough, but certainly with a heady caramel sweetness that is best paired with an icy cold bucket of water and some dance music.Tasted: 31 October 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 89.99 BCLS ON 88.70 consignment QC 89.25 SAQ Producer: Moet & ChandonDistributors: Charton-Hobbs
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 67598UPC: 626990414957