Moët & Chandon

Our tasting panel meets several times monthly to taste wines blind, thus providing unbiased evaluations of the newest wine releases.

Best Buy ratings are given for those wines that we feel offer exceptional quality for their price. Most "Best Buy" wines are $20 or less.
Best Wine ratings distinguish exceptional quality wines of any price point, when compared with other similar wines.
For each issue our editors sometimes share their impressions about wines that stand out in the tasting.


Moët & Chandon Champagne
Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial NV Champagne, France $50.00  

Deep salmon-pink color. On the nose, vibrant fresh aromas of baked
strawberry pie, cherry pit, crushed roses and white pepper. The palate is
medium to full bodied with a rich, tangy mousse, and it finishes with a dark
raspberry grip.

Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Champagne, France $41.00  

Medium straw color. Light intensity aromas including butter, golden apples,
lemon, and wet stones. Yeasty, leesy taste with an apple tinge, light to
medium bodied, and overall an easy, fresh style that is clean on the finish.

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2004 Champagne, France $60.00


Bright, medium lemon color. Pronounced aromas of chalk, Asian pear, honeydew
melon, and chamomile. On the palate, medium bodied with a statuesque texture
and a long, crisp finish. A clear representation of vintage Champagne.

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2004 Champagne, France $65.00

Best Wine

Medium to deep ruby core. The nose is dominated by red fruit, particularly wild strawberry and raspberry with a soft meatiness, almost like freshly roasted lamb, adding just a hint of complexity and interest. Sweet red cherry jam on the front palate which takes you by surprise, but balanced by an uplifting  zing. Medium, grippy, dry tannins, though not astringent or hard. Good length, nice mingling of fruit and smoky, earthy complexity.  A great introduction to Pinotage. 14% abv.