Moet & Chandon White Star (France) 

  • My Rating: [D], old wine gone bad

Moet & Chandon White Star (discontinued since 2009), 12.5% ABV, 750 ml., (Épernay, France)

Happy 2018 everyone! 7 years of liquor bloggin’ and still going strong. Today managed to dig up a very old, discontinued bottle of M&C White Star (now replaced by the drier Brut Imperial). Is it still good? Let’s find out.

Visual: (cellared for 12+ years). Pours pale honey orange with large bubbles hugging the glass, steady loose big bubbles along with a few clustered streams. Certainly much less activity than a fresh bottle of Imperial.

Nose: musky apple juice, pear, hints of stonefruit. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, major loss of CO2 – dull/flat

Mid-palate: red apple juice, (lvl-1-sweetness), big tangy-medium sour

Finish: off-dry stale white wine exhale

Summary: Drink your champagne! This bottle was stored both upright and horizontally in cellar temperatures, resulting in at least a 60% loss in carbonation as well as an over-concentration of acidity. There’s also a noticeable staleness that kicks in the from the late mids to the finish. Although still drinkable, if you still have a bottle of this lying around, best drink it asap. I still dig the Imperial [A-] though.


Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve 2008 Champagne (Reims, France)

  • My Rating: [B+]

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve 2008 Champagne, 12% ABV – 750ml., (Reims, France)

-Happy 2017! Another year, another 365 days of tasting to look forward to. May this year be even more prosperous and joyous than the last!

  • Style: (Champagne) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: Dry nutty dense white grape-pear slight lemon curd
  • How much: $70 – 750ml, BC Liquor Stores
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to champagne aficionados: sure

Visual: 2008 Vintage. Pours clear golden yellow with the typical torrent of large bubbly clustered streams. Lively and gorgeous.

Nose: peanutty-kinako 黄粉 (roasted soybean) – unique. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tart, bright acidity

Mid-palate: soft sour, ultra firm crisp acidic bite, (lvl-1-sweetness), asian pear, lemon curd, dense non-sweet white grape juice

Finish: residual tartness,

Summary: The Charles Heidsieck certainly has a unique pronounced peanut buttery-kinako presence that is both delicious and interesting. Lots of dryness backup up by the lively fruitness and firm acidity. There’s nothing quite like Champagne and rightly so.

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne (NV) (France)


  • My Rating: [B+]

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne (NV), 12% ABV – 750ml., (Epernay, France)

-+*Happy New Year, Welcome 2015!*+- Drink, be safe, and be joyous!

  • Style: (Champagne) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: Fruity tart off-dry apple nectarine sour acidic bubbly
  • How much: ~$40 – 750ml (Edmonton), (sometime in 2011)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to champagne aficionados: definitely

Visual: Pours clear light yellow with a quickly dissipating bubbly head, lots of large active CO2 streams.

Nose: apple, white wine, acidity. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-bubbly mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: tart, (lvl-2)-sticky sweetness, acidic-puckery strong sour, (MAIN) green apple, apricot/nectarine, minerals

Finish: cloying tart, off-dry fruity apple finish.

Summary: A great drink to finish off the year and start anew. The sour puckeriness coupled with the apple profile makes this a great aperitif. Excellent textures and well-hidden alcohol.

Moet & Chandon Imperial (France)


  • My Rating: A-

Moet & Chandon Imperial, 12% ABV – 750ml., (Épernay, France)

-=*~HAPPY 2014!!!~*=- May the new year be filled with joyous times spent with spirits and loving company.

  • Style: (Champagne) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste: high tart/fruitiness -> acidic-crispness/pear/citrus -> dry/tart/tangy/mostly clean finish.
  • Where I got it : Edmonton
  • How much: ~$40, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: of course!
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: yes

Visual: Packaged in a high quality textured paper-based box, twisty-top with authentic cork beneath golden aluminum foil. Pours light golden yellow with a quickly dissipating sizable head, a dense cluster of fast-moving CO2 bubbles right in the center of the Champagne flute.

Nose: Bright acidic apple/white grape with minerality ripeness. (7/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: extreme grape tartness, high fruitiness

Mid-palate: acidic crispness, (MAIN) pear, sour citrus

Finish: dry & tart, tingly-light tangy, light phlegm but clean fruity finish.

Summary: Superbly drinkable with just the right amount of fruitiness and crispness.