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Moët & Chandon in three stages: Tasting by Sommelier Claude Boileau

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Do you want to repeat the Moët et Chandon “Champagne Box” experience at W Montreal at home? Here is a brief description of the 3 champagnes featured in this exclusive space in North America that will delight Montrealers until the end of June. Here is Moët & Chandon in three stages: a tasting by Sommelier Claude Boileau

Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut

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Moët & Chandon Impérial
Photo: Moët & Chandon

Let’s start the tasting with the emblematic vintage of this champagne house, created in 1869! A symphony of yellow apples, tangerine, a touch of honey, marzipan, brioche and very pastry aromas. The bubbles and the foam are fine (24 months of ageing); moreover, it is ample in the mouth, vibrant and generous.

Blend :

  • Consistency and balance created from 100 different wines.
  • Diversity and complementarity:
    • Pinot Noir (30 – 40%)
    • Meunier (30 – 40%)
    • Chardonnay (20 – 30%)

Grape sourcing :

The base wines are tasted blind regardless of their origin. 100 different basewines are necessary to produce Moët Impérial.

 

Winemaking :

Non-oxidative oenology thanks to stainless steel fermentation and systematicprotection against oxidation throughout the process to preserve the original fruitiness. 100% malo-lactic fermentation to soften acidity and bring roundness.Long maturation in the cellar for fine bead and velvety texture. Reserve wines: 20 to 30% (1 to 3 years old).

 

Maturation:

24 months maturation in the cellars with 3 months minimum in bottle after disgorgement.

 

Dosage:

7 g/l (Brut)

 

Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Rosé

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé
Photo: Moët & Chandon

A rosé champagne is in order to continue in style and with class! A cherry, strawberry, raspberry oratorio; it is light, brioche, delicate and its bubble is fine (1 to 3 years of aging), while having a nice bitterness and length on the finish. Radiant and seductive, we almost touch the sky.

Blend :

  • The intensity of the Pinot Noir (40 – 50% of which 10% red wine)
  • The roundness of the Pinot Meunier (30 – 40% of which 10% red
    wine)
  • Finish with the elegance of the Chardonnay (10 – 20%).

Grape sourcing :

The base wines are tasted blind and selected regardless of theirorigin.

 

Winemaking :

Non-oxidative oenology thanks to stainless steel fermentation and systematic protection against oxidation throughout the process to preserve the original fruitiness. 100% malo-lactic fermentation to soften acidity and bring roundness. Long maturation in the cellar for fine bead and velvety texture.

Reserve wines: 20 to 30% (1 to 3 years old).

 

Maturation:

21 months maturation in the cellars.

 

Dosage:

7 g/l (Brut)

 

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012

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Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012
Photo: Moët & Chandon

Finishing this Moët & Chandon in three stages in grace and beauty with this vintage champagne which has kept all its energy, it is elegant and delicate. A concerto of flavors of apple, almond, pastry and mineral notes, all crowned with a very fine bubble. Complex, it expresses splendor and nobility. This is the 74th vintage in the history of the Maison.

Blend :

  • This vintage’s red grape varieties were particularly good, especially the Meunier, which explains their dominant proportion in the blend.
    For once, the Chardonnay stays slightly in the background.

    • Pinot Noir: 33%
    • Meunier: 26%
    • Chardonnay: 41%

Grape sourcing :

The base wines are tasted blind and selected regardless of their origin.

 

Winemaking :

Non-oxidative oenology thanks to stainless steel fermentation and systematic protection against oxidation throughout the process to preserve the original fruitiness. 100% malo-lactic fermentation to soften acidity and bring roundness. Long maturation in the cellar for fine bead and velvety texture.

No reserve wines in the blend. Every Grand Vintage is unique and original, the cellar master’s personal, free interpretation in service of the singular qualities ofthat year’s grapes.

 

Maturation:

Ageing period in cellars: at least 5 years

Ageing after disgorging: at least 6 months

 

Dosage:

5 g/l (Extra Brut)

Unfortunately, the latter does not seem to be available for purchase at SAQ and LCBO.

Good tasting of Moët & Chandon champagne in three stages and do not hesitate to share the article and tell us your comments.

An experience to do right now at W Montréal

The Moët & Chandon Champagne Box experience continues at the W Montréal hotel until the end of June. Hurry up to enjoy it, it’s a unique experience in a magnificent setting. You won’t be disappointed, but really not. Reserve now !

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