Exploring a classic French champagne—Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon
Moët & Chandon remains a popular brand for those seeking luxurious bubbles. Photo:

Champagne is the only wine in the world that makes every woman beautiful,” a rather famous quote by a rather infamous mistress, Marquise de Pompadour, who kept King Louis XV company during his reign over France. The champagne that the Marquise was referring to was made by the French winemakers Moët and Chandon. The Marquise loved this champagne so much that it became the official champagne within the French court. Its popularity in France quickly spread to neighbouring monarchies shortly thereafter.

Even after the French monarchy dissolved, in 1792, with Napoléon as the new successor, Moët and Chandons’ popularity did not decline. In fact, Napoléon was such a huge fan that he made a few visits to the distillery to meet the winemakers. It is rumoured that the sabre ceremony (when a champagne bottle is opened with a sword or long knife) was started by Napoléon and his soldiers as a way to celebrate.

For those who are familiar with professional motorsports, you notice how the winning drivers spray each other with champagne at the end? That tradition started in 1967 when the winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race was given a bottle of Moët & Chandon. He decided to have some fun and spray it over everyone.

And what about the champagne pyramid that tends to stand out at luxe galas and lavish weddings? You guessed it: Moët and Chandon were the first to stack champagne glasses and pour from the top and let the bubbles pour themselves into the bottom glasses.

Fast forward to the present day: Moët & Chandon remains a popular brand for those seeking luxurious bubbles. I decided to try a bottle (from their collection) called Rosé Impérial. As the name suggests, this is a pink champagne. I am not super confident about my sabre skills, so I opened this bottle the traditional way—by popping the cork.

Once poured into the champagne flute, the first thing I noticed was the lovely dark-pink colour. The Rosé Impérial is composed of three different grapes: pinot noir, pinot meunière and chardonnay. Second thing I noticed was the fruity aroma of strawberry, peach and raspberries, all blended together, creating a perfectly balanced scent bouquet.

Time for the taste. The strawberry and peach are the flavour notes that are first tasted, followed by a berry finish of raspberries and gooseberries. The champagne is exceptionally smooth and has just the right amount of sweetness.

Moët & Chandon does have a nice selection of different champagnes, including one that is intended to be served over ice! Rosé Impérial is the first one that I have tried (I am eager to try a few more). I am very impressed with the near-perfect taste and beautiful aroma. The bottle is also nice, with a large pink label. If you are looking for a gift that will impress, or looking for a champagne that is celebration worthy, Rosé Impérial is an excellent choice.

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