Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial
Rosé Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Brut Impèrial Rosè is a blend of the three wine varieties, with an emphasis on Pinot Noir, embodying a fruity and daring character. Rosè with shades of copper, good intensity
This Champagne displays lively, expressive, amomas dominated by the scent of wild strawberries. It is full-bodied, with zestful, assertive fruitiness.
Wine Spectator - "This subtle rosé is notable more for balance and fine texture than the quiet flavor profile of ripe currant and berry fruit, candied kumquat, biscuit and ginger. A note of smoke-tinged minerality chimes in on the finish."
Wine & Spirits - "A soft rose touched by raspberry flavors, this is generous and juicy in the middle, cut by a sharp acidity in the finish. It hints at the scent of pressed flowers. For aperitifs."
Moët & Chandon Winery
The largest Champagne house in France, Moët et Chandon was founded in 1743 by Claude Moët. They produce large volumes of non-vintage wine under the White Star and Brut Imperial designations, however, are best known for their premium brand Dom Pérignon. View all Moët & Chandon Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.7 out of 5 stars
9 ratings, 8 with reviewsMixBreed17 - Wyandanch, NY59/3/201351/6/2013Simply THE BEST!sTReeT_MaRinE - Palmdale, CA52/24/2011RefreshingsTReeT_MaRinE - Palmdale, CA52/24/2011Refreshing411/17/2009nice taste512/11/2007I first had this Champagne back in September. My wife and I were in Paris for our Honeymoon and we rented a car and went to Champagne. After the tour of Moet and getting our pictures taken with Dom, we bought a bottle from their gift shop. Once we got back to Paris we popped it while lying under the Eiffel and wow, what a way to compliment the experience. She liked it because of the strawberry undernotes and how amazingly crisp it was. This is perfect for any special occasion especially as a wedding gift, New Years, or anniversary.James Beers - Seattle, WA56/25/2009I think this is the nicest of champagnes. It's not too dry and definately not too sweet. Light and very easy to drink. Each and every guest commented about it's quality.41/13/2009Very nice! Highly recommend for any occasion.58/27/2009Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial has a great taste. It's not too fruity and goes down smooth. Good with seafood and cheesecake for dessert. I will definitely buy again.