3 Champagnes Moet & Chandon make that don’t suck
Moët & Chandon
This Champagne house is perhaps the best known, and now part of the group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) group. Steeped in history since founder Claude Moët founded it in 1743, it was Claude’s grandson Jean-Rémy Moët, who seized the opportunities, ensured the success of Champagne as a prestigious wine and that the family name would always be associated with as the number one brand in what is arguably the most famous wine region in the world.
Its various cuvees are made from grapes grown on the most extensive estate in the region; of their 1,150 hectares, 50% are grands crus and 25% are premiers crus. Needless to say the cellars dug into the rich chalk soil where the wines mature are the largest within the Champagne region, totalling just over 17 miles. Given its reputation, it will come as little surprise that Moët & Chandon holds a royal warrant as supplier of champagne to Queen Elizabeth II.
One useful bit of information: you do pronounce the “t” in Moët(“mo-ette“).
Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose Non Vintage
One of the newest cuvee’s from Moët, this dry rose has a delightfully savoury red fruit nose, mirrored by the pallet with its blend of raspberry fool, strawberry compote, refreshing hints of pomegranates. (See price & availability here)
Moët & Chandon Imperial Rose
Bright red fruit notes and an orange tint to its light rose colour. Fresh, crisp red fruit flavours of red currant, cherry and strawberries with a little toast on the finish. (See price & availability here)
Moët and Chandon Champagne Grand Vintage Rose 2008
The House’s 40th vintage rosé is a blend of 32% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir, 22% Pinot Meunier. A deep colour belies its vintage character. Rich flavours of stonefruits such as peaches and nectarines, and a precise balance between savoury fruit and a pink grapefruit citrus finish. See price & availability here