Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial Champagne


J. D. Landis

J. D. Landis' thousand+ bottles of wine are kept in a crawl space, in which he often bumps his head.

Moët & Chandon dresses up this pink-labeled pink (“with amber highlights”) Champagne in a nice pink cardboard box, presumably for Mother’s Day, though I’ve seen it online also in pink for Valentine’s Day.  The packaging implies that this is a wine to be bought by a man for a woman.


But it can, and should, be drunk by everyone.

And, therefore, bought by everyone.

I first tried it with some friends who have probably drunk more Champagne than I’ve drunk water.  Great Champagne.  Champagne a lot more expensive than this.

They loved it.

So did I.

It has a nifty assemblage of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.

It’s therefore pink.  Yes.

But it’s not sweet.  It’s a full-bodied sparkling wine, full of fruit and a slight earthiness that gives it what might be called a seriousness (of purpose?  of pleasure?) you don’t expect in Champagne.

We drank it with some caviar in an aioli sauce and shishito peppers that could be dipped, if one chose, in the same sauce.  What’s interesting about shishito peppers is that they are a sweet pepper until they aren’t; which is to say, every once in a while one of them will come forth with rather intense heat.

What could be a better match for these capricious foods than a successful (and many of them aren’t) pink Champagne.

Don’t wait for Mother’s Day.  Or if Mother’s Day has passed, don’t wait for the next one.  Wait for tomorrow at the latest.

Treat your mother, your father, your sweeties, yourself to a very satisfying gathering of rosy, almost incarnadine bubbles.