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  • Producer ranking ?

    101
  • Decanting time

    5min
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    sushi

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The secret behind the defeat at Waterloo

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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The Story

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

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The world’s best wine vintage – 1947?

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947. 

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygienic cellars that had no artificial cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperature down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks. 

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high. 

In Champagne, the vintage was outstanding. The heat wave lead to very early harvest. The yields were however smaller than on average year. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Full and Gold

ending

Medium

flavors

Toasty

nose

Youthful and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Complex, Rich, Fresh and Full

Written Notes

Very good vintage in Champagne. Early flowering in June, pleasant growing conditions in the summer, record amount of sunshine in August and favourable weather conditions during the harvest. If this vintage left something to wish for, it had to be a bigger crop. Due to the small crop, it makes it difficult to find bottles from this wonderful vintage anymore.
            This was an outstanding wine as an aperitif: appealing yellow-gold colour with few fine bubbles. The rich and fragrant nose seemed very youthful. Absolutely complete wine with creamy, toasty flavours and fresh acidity still in balance - enormously full and intense with perfect harmony.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

30min

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