When Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial first appeared on the market, Champagne purists were shocked. Had the Champagne house gone crazy? Perhaps they didn’t know that the fashion for drinking Champagne on the rocks during hot summers had already been trendy in the Côte d’Azur for several years, and even had a name of its own: champagne à la piscine. And they probably didn’t anticipate that this trend born in Saint Tropez would soon cause a stir in the rest of the world once Moët had perfected the formula.
Because the Champagne house understood relaxed Champagne lovers’ desire for refreshing summer bubbles before anyone else, Moët & Chandon’s very own Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouez, worked to find the perfect coupage and dosage to drink on the rocks.
The Perfect Blend
Moët & Chandon’s magic formula: between 40% and 50% Pinot Noir, which gives an intense fruity flavour and a wonderful structure; between 30% and 40% Meunier, adding pure fullness, richness and fleshiness; between 10% and 20% Chardonnay which completes the blend to give us a tremendously refreshing finish.
The blend is perfected by using between 20% and 30% of reserve wines to complete the intensity, richness and constancy; and a dosage of 45 gr/litre more typical of a demi-sec (sweeter) but much more interesting for its structural contribution which works better with the ice.
Champagne on the Rocks? Yes, But Served to Perfection!
Now that we know a little more about the most refreshing Moët & Chandon Champagne, it’s time to see how to serve it.
First of all, you need to have an ice bucket, ice and Cabernet wine glasses on hand. Remember to chill the bottle to 7°C. Once chilled, place the bottle in the bucket, fill with ice and add a little water. When it’s time to serve, pour 120 ml of Champagne into the glass, add three ice cubes and voilà: your Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial is ready!
For a special twist, you can also add mint leaves, grape or lime zest, cucumber slices, a slice of ginger, cardamom seeds or berries (strawberries or raspberries).
Note: Make sure the ice cubes have been prepared with filtered water if you don’t want to spoil the taste of the Champagne with the aromas that the ice could give off as it melts.
Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial for Food Lovers
Enjoy the summer in style with our top pairing recommendations:
- Choose light dishes and finger food.
- Uncooked foods like ceviche.
- Food with sauces based on coconut milk or lime.
- Light tempura, kadaif pastries, or dim sum.
- As for cheese, choose fresh cheeses such as feta, mozzarella, burrata or fresh goat’s cheese.
- Don’t forget the fruit: try it with fruit sushi or even fruit jelly.
Other suggestions include sashimi and fish sushi, caviar, grilled mussels with chorizo, shellfish, chicken croquettes… And don’t hesitate to combine the rosé with a savoury treat like Parma ham or other cured meats.
And what combinations are best to avoid? Steer clear of sweet compôtes, roasted foods, overly fatty foods, slow-cooked dishes, heavy or fatty fried foods, and foods that are too salty or too acidic.
Last but not least, remember that the “when” is as important as the “how”. Ice Impérial and Ice Impérial Rosé are perfect for a romantic picnic, an elegant apéritif, a light dinner on the terrace, a toast at sunset after a day at the beach or swimming pool… You choose the moment, your Champagne will set the mood!
Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Cèlia Rodríguez’ original Spanish article: La guía disfrutona de este verano para tus copas de Moët Ice.