Two ideal cuvees for the hot months of summer, the Ice Imperial and Ice Imperial Rose were created by the illustrious House of Moet & Chandon specifically to be enjoyed over ice. Whether you prefer white or rose champagne, these two wines are sure to satisfy, perfect to be enjoyed on their own on the rocks or as a refreshing fizz in a delicate summertime cocktail.
Moet & Chandon: Timeless Excellence Since 1743
Founded in 1743 by Claude Moet, the Moet & Chandon House of Champagne has through many generations transmitted unparalleled winemaking know-how, as well as the value of sharing, a concept that stands at the heart of their products. It was Jean-Remy Moet, the founder’s grandson, who first decided to share the family’s champagnes by exporting them all over the world at the end of the 18th century. Thanks to his endless efforts to promote Moet & Chandon in foreign lands, the Champagne House is now widely recognised and known for excellence in quality. The innovative spirit of the House drives the development of sought-after cuvees, whose production seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. While traditional methods of manual grape harvest guarantee careful selection and excellent grape quality, the use of modern technology in the winery ensures the most efficient production and bottling of the world’s most popular sparkling wine.
Moet & Chandon is currently the largest wine-producing estate in the region, with 1,150 hectares of vineyards in the Mountains of Reims, Cote de Blancs, the Marne Valley Sezanne and Aube. The vines (50% of which are classified grand crus and 25% premier crus) are planted in rich limestone soils. The varietals blended to produce the cuvees of Moet & Chandon are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – the grape varieties of the Champagne region. The blend of these three grapes sourced from the estate’s wide range of terroirs lends the wine aromatic and flavour qualities unparalleled by sparkling wines from any other region in the world.
A Sparkling Reputation through Many Generations
Since its very inception the House of Moet & Chandon has enjoyed the praise of many famous champagne enthusiasts, among them Marquise de Pompadour (patron of the arts and official mistress of Louis XV), Talleyrand and even Napoleon. The estate’s effervescent creation quickly became the icon of success and elegance, a reputation it has maintained through almost three centuries. Still today Moet & Chandon’s signature champagnes are chosen by some of the most influential figures of our time. And while the core “recipe” of their wines have not changes too much over the years, the estate has diversified its line to include wines perfect for every occasion. Every so often the Maison releases innovative products aimed to shake up the strict rules behind champagne consumption.
Summertime Cuvees on the Rocks
Always ahead of the trend, Moet & Chandon has developed two special blends, – a white and a rose – specifically designed to be enjoyed over ice. These summertime cuvees are perfect on the rocks or garnished with natural ingredients to enhance the characteristic flavours in the wines. No longer will a lack of ice bucket or cooler sleeve be an obstacle to the enjoyment of fine champagne. Introducing Moet & Chandon’s Ice Imperial and Ice Imperial Rose, two elegant and beautifully balanced wines offering tremendous freshness when served on ice.
Moet Ice Imperial
The Moet Ice Imperial cuvee was created specifically to be served over ice. It can be paired with a range of fresh ingredients that enhance the signature freshness of the wines. The blend is composed of 40-50% Pinot Noir, 30-40% Pinot Meunier and 10-20% Chardonnay. Possible garnishes include fresh mint leaves, lime peel, cardamom seeds…
The Moet Ice Imperial by Moet & Chandon offers a pleasant surprise in terms of aromatic intensity. A remarkably rich and balanced bouquet gradually unveils stone fruit and tropical fruit fragrances. These are complemented by subtler touches of ripe fruits and spices. On the palate, this champagne is well-rounded round and ample, with a surprising richesse of fruity flavours. The finish is marked by great freshness enhanced by delicately acidic tastes of grapefruit and ginger.
Moet Ice Imperial Rose
The Ice Imperial Rose of Moet & Chandon is a Rose Champagne created to be served on ice. This cuvee blends 40-50% Pinot Noir, 30-40% Pinot Meunier and 10-20% Chardonnay. Around 20-30% of reserve wine is also added to the blend. The latter adds richness, intensity and more complexity. This demi-sec champagne ages in the cellar for 18 months.
Moet and Chandon’s Ice Imperial Rose has a brilliant colour with golden reflections. The nose reveals bold aromas of red fruits (sour cherries, cranberries) and juicy fruits (figs), along with notes of grenadine. On the palate, this wine proves to be pulpy, sweet and quite firm. The sweetness of the red fruits melts away pleasantly to reveal a fresh and fruity body. This freshness also carries through to the rose’s long finish, which is characterised by hints of grapefruit.