Benoît Gouez, Cellar Master at Moët & Chandon and Marco Fadiga, Executive Chef at Moët & Chandon,
have developed their approach to food and champagne pairing over a number of years.
Their aim is to create remarkable gastronomic experiences based on six principles.
Imperial, just like the long-standing bond between Moët & Chandon and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who visited the cellars in 1807. Since then, Moët Impérial champagne has become one of the main ambassadors for champagne all over the world.
Moët Rosé Impérial champagne is spontaneous and radiant, which is part a long Champagne tradition dating back to the seventeenth century. It is known for its vibrant colour, fruity notes and expressive flavours. A blend of red and white wines, it is the unexpectedly perfect pairing to red meat, spicy dishes and summer vegetables.
A true first, this champagne is designed to be enjoyed over ice! With a serving recommendation that breaks with established convention, a new champagne tasting experience is created that takes freshness to the extreme. Ice Impérial champagne lends itself to surprising pairings and is the perfect addition for impromptu celebrations.
Rosé champagne served over ice, this is the ideal summer terrace pairing. Its colour is evocative of the sky at sunset; a golden pink glow across the horizon. Tasty aromas of juicy fruit, fig, pomegranate and pink grapefruit mingle joyfully together.
Nectar Impérial champagne develops into a voluptuous sensation on the palate, a combination of creaminess and dynamism. The rich and lively experience offers a new take on the concept of demi-sec, the original champagne. Its dosage brings a sumptuous sweetness which makes it the perfect partner for both sweet and savory foods, as well as fruity desserts or other dishes with powerful flavours.
Nectar Impérial Rosé champagne is a voluptuous and delicious expression of the Moët & Chandon style. Its flamboyant colour, intense fruit and wonderful freshness on the finish bring with them outstanding appeal. Its sensual richness works beautifully with sweet-spicy pairings.
2012 was an unprecedented year. Frosts, torrential rain, hail, drought... Just a month before the harvest, the outlook was bleak. But a month later, we were announcing one of Champagne’s finest vintages! This extraordinary harvest inspired Benoît Gouez to create a gentle, fresh and harmonious Grand Vintage 2012 champagne that would echo the easy transition from spring into summer.
Grand Vintage Rosé 2012 champagne comes from a year that saw relatively low yields. The grapes, remarkable for both their sugar content and their acidity, are similar to those that picked in 2002, 1989 and 1966, all wonderful years for ageing. Fresh and delicate, the 43rd Moët & Chandon rosé vintage celebrates the mildness of spring and the blossoming of summer.
The wonderful 2009 vintage gave rise to a magnificent champagne. Benoît Gouez decided to showcase Pinot Noir, whose controlled power forms the backbone of the wine and provides its roundness. The result is a complex and beautifully crafted wine with a silky texture. The perfect champagne to serve with dinner.
2002 was one of the greatest vintages in Champagne history. The harvested grapes, of a complexity that had not been observed since 1990, prompted Benoît Gouez to produce a Grand Vintage 2002 champagne featuring Chardonnay front and center, to combine freshness with opulence. Benefiting from a long maturation period in contact with its yeasts, this exceptional champagne expresses all its richness and complexity while keeping its energy completely intact.
MCIII champagne was the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Moët & Chandon and champagne. For the first time, the House had produced a multi-vintage champagne from wines that had been matured in the most favorable environments: metal (wines from that year in stainless steel tanks), wood (reserve wines in oak barrels) and glass (champagne being matured in bottles). In taking this bold and powerful step, Moët & Chandon was able to capture the qualities associated with each maturing environment and allow each wine to express its characteristics within the blend. The ultimate tasting and pairing experience.
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