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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.
The bottle we opened was beautiful and in good condition. Decanted for five minutes. Dark, almost brown colour. Intoxicating, open bouquet, but the wine itself initially tasted a bit flat. Because I could count the number of bubbles with the fingers on one hand, I decided to liven it up a bit by mixing it with a glass of 1990 Moët champagne. This helped, thus bringing the champagne, which had been sitting in the dark for seventy years, back to life and providing us with a full-bodied and very wine-like character to enjoy. Extremely refined, balanced and sweet, fruity wine. A dash of new vintage gave it the right amount of acidity and energy, without overwhelming its delicate, rich structure. A wonderful experience.