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.


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.