89 Points Tyson Stelzer
At well over 20 million bottles, and rising steeply, this one wine accounts for more than 7% of Champagne’s production. To put this in perspective, the vines that supply this label alone would cover an area close to 4000 rugby fields! This is a blend of everything from everywhere, on an oceanic scale that makes a single blend impossible, dictating three quite different blends every year. The aim is to use young and fruity reserves of two vintages to build consistency by contributing any elements missing from the latest harvest. There is thus no recipe, with a different dosage and different liqueur for every batch. ‘I call this tailor-made winemaking,’ says Gouez. ‘We have to adapt and be flexible.’ The mind-boggling scale of Brut Impérial makes its improvement in recent years all the more impressive, presenting pretty freshness of lemon zest, pear and apple. Reductive notes of grilled toast are a hallmark of the house. The difficult 2011 season leaves its mark in a dry, biscuity palate and notes of tilled earth on the finish. Nonetheless, it upholds good length, fresh acidity and fine-tuned dosage, concluding as dry and refreshing as I’ve seen it. From magnum it predictably carries more precision and purity.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2016-2017.
87 Points Robert Parker
Moët''s white golden NV Impérial Brut is an assemblage of equal parts of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (30% to 40% of each) and a smaller proportion of Chardonnay. Bright and fresh fruit aromas of yellow apples, ripe pears and lemons, along with floral flavors and a hint of stones and almond croissant lead to a medium-bodied, elegant, pretty intense and well structured palate; it has nice freshness and generous fruit. The finish reveals a stimulating grip and a moderate sweetness (dosage is nine grams per liter). Very good and less sweet than in former years. (Lot LAI2C)
Source: Robert Parker (eRobertParker.com) by Stephan Reinhardt. January, 2016
86 Points Robert Parker
The NV Imperial is a straightforward, tasty Champagne made in a easygoing style, with good length and a clean, refreshing finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate) by Antonio Galloni. December, 2008
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