How many of you think that Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial is mass market entry level champagne with strong branding and deep marketing pockets?
Well, it might all be true, but nevertheless it is high quality product. I know many wine enthusiasts find it boring and lacking personality as opposed to a vast offering from other Grande Marques and growers.
Traditionally its higher dosage which is supposed to be more appealing to amateur palates puts off champagne connoisseurs.
So does Moet Imperial have the right to win for picky wine geeks?
I strongly believe it has. The vivid example is this old bottle I had the pleasure to share with my beloved last night.
My guess this bottle comes from 70s. However this label design had been used for a most part of last century, so hard to tell exactly. I do come from the current state of the wine. Higher dosage protected the wine for decades allowing it to develop this awesomeness!
Deep brownish amber color. Still fizzy. Mushroom shape cork showing long bottle age. Usually reductive style of M&Ch developed with so many years spent under natural cork into a very pleasant oxidative one.
Complex tertiary aromas of kombucha, coca cola, caramel and mushrooms.
Wet wood develops in fine spicy matured cheese.
Palate offers this lovely grapefruit citrus aftertaste.
Excessive sugar is very well integrated with bottle age and hardly noticed. Above medium acidity brings it all into a perfect balance. Finish is unexpectedly long.
Absolutely fantastic sateen texture giving it mellow and round mouth feel.
Did I rehabilitate M&Ch Brut Imperial and convinced you to give a try to an older label?
Please let me know your thoughts in comments.