On assignment to find exquisite Champagnes, I accepted an invitation to a tasting where I hoped to find one of Moet & Chandon's most sought after Champagnes, the "Nectar Imperial Rose."
According to Moet & Chandon, "Nectar Rose distinguishes itself by its extravagant fruitiness, its density on the palate and its crisp finish. Its red color is sustained and nuanced with coppery shades. Its aromas are intense and deep with ripe berries (wild strawberry, blackberry, black currant) and cherry nuanced by herbal and heady flower notes."
I arrived early to the tasting to see if the Nectar Rose was there. I casually drifted among the numerous tasting tables gazing at the familiar and then, as I came around the corner, in the back of the room I spotted the urban legend rose. Innocuously half submerged in an ice filled Veuve Clicquot bucket, I saw the nectar from the largest and most beautiful vineyard in Champagne. My mind drifted to Napoleon the 1st and his love for Moet & Chandon, the very reason why the house Brut is called "Brut Imperial."
Lost in my reverie around the history of this 268 year old Champagne house, I hear a voice saying, "it's time to pop some corks!" A series of eruptions crisscrossed the room; warm aromas floated like genies from glass capsules ...
The pouring began and soon there seemed to be hundreds of people streaming through the doors in search of the magic that Champagne has to offer. Delighted with my own experience and having found what I was after, I bid my adieus and made my way home with another exquisite bottle of Champagne.