Thursday, 6 March 2008

Moët & Chandon Rose Imperial

Moët & Chandon Rose Imperial NV
Epernay, France, cork seal

People drink Champagne to celebrate and I suppose that's what we were doing with the next arrivals in our never-ending stream of visitors; in this case my parents and aunt. Naomi was given this pretty little number as a gift and we'd both been looking for an excuse to see what sparkling surprises it would offer. It's the classic blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. For another opinion have a look at Edward's poetically succinct review at Wino Sapien.

Moët & Chandon Rose Imperial is a beautiful, delicate pale pink colour with the slightest orange tinge; almost as pretty as its packaging. It smells like sherbet, strawberries, fairground fairy floss and the perfumed petals of old roses. The palate is a delicious mix of flavours dominated by sherbet, with strawberries, red currents and a slither of watermelon candy. There's a background sweetness reminding me of a sophisticated child's birthday party, with almost as many shades of pink. It's a pretty, pleasant drink, which I liked though I don't know if I'd be comfortable paying the asking price.

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