1911 figures among the most glorious vintages of Champagne. A rare vintage which sometimes appeared on the most prestigious wine lists in Paris restaurants but which was above all exported to Great Britain and the United States.
Climatic conditions / Rarely have they been so favourable. There was considerable contrast between the seasons: a cold, snowy winter, a gentle spring, a warm, dry summer and a sunny autumn. Flowering occurred at the beginning of June in the best possible conditions. Apart from some storms, accompanied sometimes by hail which, however, did not cause any damage, the month of July and August were completely dominated by persistent sultry weather (37° at Epernay on 27th July). At the start of the vintage, the vineyards were in perfect condition.
Result of the vintage
Opening of harvest: 9th September
Surface area under vine: 14,289 hectares
Total volume of harvest: 72,875 "pieces"
Average yield per hectare: 1,600 kilos
Characteristics of the must
In spite of the excellent conditions, the harvest was very small, this in spite of being better than that of 1910 which only yielded 72 litres per hectare - something not seen since 1816 !
The quality of the grapes was exceptional and it was not necessary to resort to preselection. Pressing was difficult because of the thickness of the grape skins ; it was sometimes necessary to work with 420 kilos to yield 2 hectolitres of wine. With a high alcoholic strength (average 10 to 11°, and up to 14° for certain grand crus) and low acidity (5 to 6 grammes per litre) the musts proved to have remarkable quality.
Moët & Chandon Impérial is a complete, generous and dynamic Champagne made of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Moët Impérial is the House’s iconic Champagne. Created in 1869, it embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style- a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity.
Created from more than 100 different wines, of which 20% to 30% are reserve wines specially selected to enhance its maturity, complexity and constancy, the assemblage reflects the diversity and complementarity of the three grapes varietals :
The body of Pinot Noir:
30 to 40%
The suppleness of Pinot Meunier:
30 to 40%
The finesse of Chardonnay:
20 to 30%
Dosage: 9 g/litre
IN THE SHADOW OF GREATNESS
The secret behind the defeat at Waterloo
Moët & Chandon Vintage Brut Champagne 1934
At the beginning of the 1800s Jean-Remy Moët and Napoleon quickly became friends. Napoleon, who loved Chambertin, was also very taken with the very regal characteristics of Moët & Chandon’s champagne. This close friendship with Jean-Remy lasted an entire decade, during which time Napoleon visited Jean-Remy at his estate in Épernay, where he had even built a guest villa for the Emperor. Before setting out on his military expeditions, Napoleon made it a habit to travel through the Champagne region and stock up on what he called "a vital and fortifying drink” for his troops. It has even been said that Napoleon lost at Waterloo because he didn’t have enough time to replenish his stock of champagne, instead having to serve his troops Belgian beer before entering battle.
Enjoying the favour of Napoleon, Jean-Remy Moët became the most famous winemaker of his time, and many royals and heads of state honoured him with visits to his estate. In 1814 his guest list included such dignitaries as Tsar Alexander I of Russia, Emperor Francis I of Austria, Grand Duke of Baden and the Duke of Wellington, just to name a few.
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