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.
"Moët & Chandon is thrilled to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Moët Impérial, an important milestone in the extraordinary journey of a global icon of celebration.
To mark this moment, the Maison is delighted to unveil a limited-edition bottle inscribed with a badge of honor - the “I” of “Impérial” – as a crowning tribute to the precious 150-year history of this remarkable champagne.
The saga of Moët Impérial began in 1869, when Moët & Chandon chose to create a brut non-vintage champagne named “Brut Impérial” – known today as “Moët Impérial” – to pay tribute to the relationship established since 1801 with Napoléon Bonaparte and Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of the Maison’s founder.
From the outset, Moët Impérial set off on an epic journey, through challenge and opportunity, to become a universal icon of celebration, conquering new worlds and creating unforgettable moments filled with glamour and style.
It was destined to become a superstar. Where royals toasted, where the art world danced with movie stars and fashion models mingled with rock stars, Moët Impérial was there.
When Moët Impérial rose onto the podiums of the sporting world, it brought its own special prestige to a global stage where victories would be celebrated with a triumphant spray.
Imperial in grandeur, historic in trajectory, authentic in flavor, Moët Impérial is designed in the image of the Champagne region, honoring the exceptional product of its terroir and the ancestral savoir-faire handed down from generation to generation."