For our new Champagne of the Moment, we’ve chosen a rosé Champagne from arguably the region’s most-famous house, Moët & Chandon. The exact Moët we’ve gone for is the Rosé Impérial – not just the standard bottle, this special edition comes wrapped in its own chiller jacket. This not only looks snazzy, but has the added advantage of keeping the bottle cool once you’ve taken it out of the fridge – no ice bucket needed!
Founded by Claude Moët in 1743, the house initially sold its Champagnes solely within France. The first vintage was released in 1842, with Brut Impérial, Moët’s signature wine, following in the 1860s, and the world’s best-known prestige cuvée, Dom Pérignon, appearing in 1936.
Today, Moët & Chandon is the world’s bestselling Champagne and the rosé is loved for being fruity, refreshing and food friendly. A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay, it makes a delicious apéritif and yet has enough complexity to match well with an array of foods: fresh game, goats’ cheese, fresh-fruit salad, and even strawberries and cream.
Here are the official tasting notes:
Colour: Pink with amber highlights.
Nose: A lively, intense bouquet of red fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry) with floral nuances of rose and a slight hint of pepper.
Palate: The juicy, persistent intensity of berries (strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant) with the fleshiness and firmness of peach and the freshness of a subtle note of menthol.
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial Chiller Jacket is available at £5 off for September, so it’s just £39.95 – at the time of writing cheaper than the bottle on its own and you get the free chiller jacket – a bargain! Click here to stock up.