This blend is mostly Pinot Noir and Meunier, including 10 percent red wine for color. Chardonnay accounts for 10 to 20 percent, 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.
This minerally Champagne is clean-cut and spicy. A fine aperitif, with a lacy texture, lightly juicy acidity and well-knit flavors of poached pear, pickled ginger, currant and lemon curd. Creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. (AN)
Strong lemon, grapefruit and peach fruit aromas are on offer here. This is upfront and fresh on the nose. The palate has forward fruit in the same vein. Tangy, tropical finish. Drink now.
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)
Distinctive, slightly bruised apple scent. Fleshy on the palate. Reassuringly good quality for a leading brand. (RH)
This is a crisp fruity wine with attractive acidity. Its apple and citrus fruits are bright, shining through the light texture to give a lively, tangy wine. (RV)
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