This blend is mostly Pinot Noir and Meunier, including 10% red wine for color. Chardonnay accounts for 10% to 20%, including a portion of reserve wines that may be providing the oceanic, oyster-shell notes that bring to mind Champagne’s Kimmeridgean limestone. This is broad and loose up front, with fruity scents of orange and pomegranate. Then the wine keeps buzzing with brisk acidity, tightening up and extending the flavors with energy. An impressive release of Impérial.
Bright and balanced, featuring a fine, lively bead, mouthwatering acidity and a lightly toasty profile of poached pear and black currant flavors, with rich hints of lemon curd and pastry cream. (AN)
Light, bright yellow. Musky pear and toasty lees on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and open-knit, with a hint of bitter lemon pith adding back-end cut. Finishes on a gently smoky note, with very good cling and focus and a hint of bitter quinine. This must be the best example of this bottling that I've had in years, if not decades. In the past the Imperial Brut received a dosage of 12 g/l, but no more; in fact, there's talk that in the near future it may be dropped down as far as 7 g/l. (JR)
This Champagne has a large portion of both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as up to 30% of reserve wine and a dosage of 9g/l. It has a very citrussy nose, with zippy yellow and white fruits on the palate. It's medium-bodied and nicely balanced, with a pleasantly fruity foundation of primarily red fruit. A nice match with sushi. (YC)
Distinctive, slightly bruised apple scent. Fleshy on the palate. Reassuringly good quality for a leading brand.
A simple array of pears and melon with light berry-pastry notes. The palate is slightly dilute. Simple pear and lemon-pastry flavors and fresh, bready complexity at the finish.
Well balanced, this Champagne, even with its enormous production, remains a benchmark and is always enjoyable. In this bottling, ripe white fruit is cut with citrus, with an edge of toastiness that gives complexity. (RV)
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