How Good is Moët & Chandon Imperial Rosé Champagne?
Moët & Chandon Champagne house released a special collection called ‘Eclats d’Or’ for this year’s holidays celebrations.
The opportunity to taste one of their bestselling Champagne wine, the non-vintage Imperial Rosé.
Certainly, with over 12 million bottles produced annually, the white NV cuvée by Moët, the Brut Imperial is the most sold French Champagne in the world. Check my detailed article about it through the link below.
But the pink version, the Imperial Rosé is also one of the very most popular rosé bubblies around the globe too.
The blend of this sparkling rosé (assemblage) includes the 3 classic grapes varieties of Champagne:
- 40 to 50% Pinot Noir of which 10% is red wine
- 30 to 40% Pinot Meunier providing roundness and a fruity approachability
- 10 to 20% Chardonnay for tension, acidity and minerality.
20 to 30% of the whole is reserve wine, mature wines from previous vintages kept at the winery and bringing in intensity, subtlety, and constancy.
The final dosage (sugar addition at bottling) is at 9 g/litre.
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But How Good Really is Moët Imperial Rosé?
The answer is in the tasting notes:
This rosé Champagne comes in a vibrant pink color indeed, rather intense for the style, and with elegant salmon hues, that is to say with hints of orange. Clearly some purple hues in there as well.
The nose is dominated by pungent notes of fresh berries, clear juicy strawberry, and more surprisingly some zesty blackberry, notes more commonly associated with red wines.
There are notes of grapefruit and freshly-squeezed lemon too though, reminding us we are here with Champagne. It smells bright and zesty as well as fruity. A hint of a minty tone to spice things up a little. Not a hugely deep aromatic profile, with the leesy notes expected sometimes only discretely representing here by a subliminal sour dough aroma to the background. But it’s certainly pleasing and appealing to smell at, for only tempting aromas are represented.
The palate is, straight away, dry and lively, crisp from a zesty acidity underlining the lime and lemon flavors that dominate at first. Only to the mid-palate come a sense of creaminess, both from the texture of the relatively fine bubbles, but also sweetening notes of pomegranate and strawberry, topped with delicate whipped cream.
The finish reveals several layers of sweet spices, some vegetal tones of acacia leaf, and a floral element, like lily. Quite a long aftertaste that leaves your senses with a marked impression you’ve been tasting something relatively complex and fine.
A rosé Champagne full of pleasing fruity aspects, an enjoyable crisp and mineral acidity, a salivating dryness that strongly asks you to match it with elegant food, and an overall ease to appreciate it and sip it nonchalantly without overthinking it.
An enjoyable drink that let’s itself be appreciated with comfort, which is always positive. The finish brings some layers of complexity, and makes you salivate, leaving your palate with both contentement and the temptation to go for another sip.