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I recently received several bottles of champagne as an anniversary gift, one of which was Moet. I must start off by saying that I am not a champagne connoisseur so I generally cannot tell the difference between an expensive champagne and a cheap champagne - I just know what I like.
I have always been of the opinion that Moet is a particularly high end brand of champagne which is why I saved this bottle till last. The bottle is certainly opulent and expensive looking and I was genuinely excited to hear the 'pop' of the cork and the fizz of the bubbles as it settled nicely in the glass.
Unfortunately, this is where my love affair with Moet came to an end. I found the flavour very sweet in comparison to some other brands and I felt that it was noticeably gassier than anything else which I had drank before. So much so that after my first glass, I really did not feel like drinking any more. I felt that the fizz overpowered anything else and if I did not already know that it was an expensive brand, I would have guessed that it had come from one of the lower shelves in the supermarket.
Sorry Moet but you are not for me. I'm sure others would disagree, but at £28 a bottle, I will be opting for something a little more subtle in the future.
I received this Moet as one of our Wedding presents around two months ago and finally got round to cracking it open a few nights ago. We used the Bollinger on our honeymoon and we decided to have this one to celebrate our two months of being marriage anniversary type thing (although we probably just wanted an excuse to drink.)
Firstly I will say that it looks expensive, gold foil covers the neck of the bottle with Moet printed on it in black. It also has a circular red sticker on it which makes it look rather official. The colour of the bottle is green and is crossed again in gold with the label on showing 'Moet and Chardon.' It looks lovely and as a present I very much appreciated it.
Now for the actual taste; I am not a champagne connoisseur so perhaps I am not the best at reviewing this but unless you are well into your champagne I really wouldn't bother with this at all. I have had other cheaper champagnes that are much tastier than this one. I would say it tastes very similar to a dry white wine. It is meant to have a lovely fruity taste to it but in my opinion it didn't, it was really quite bitter and left a funny taste in my mouth. I guess if you like your champagne dry then you may enjoy this but I ended up mixing it with orange juice and having bucks fizz. Our friends who also drank the champagne weren't keen either and to be honest we then moved on to a £3 bottle of rose wine and enjoyed that more.
I know champagne is open to interpretation but in my opinion if you buy Moet you are buying the label and not the taste.
"Brut Imperial is the archetypal Moet & Chandon marque. An harmonious blend of all three grape varietals and reserve wines. Brut Imperial is a subtle, drier-styled champagne, pale yellow in colour with shades of green, delicately vinuos with a lime and vine blossom attack. Predominantly Pinot characteristics being very ample on the palate with a discreet finish. An aperitif wine which also accompanies fish dishes."