With origins dating back to 1869, this wine is exceedingly refreshing, clean, and balanced. A charming, generous expression that’s equal parts long, lush, and crisp.
92 points, Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel (Jan 2019)
Bright and balanced, featuring a fine, lively bead, mouthwatering acidity and a lightly toasty profile of poached pear and black currant flavors, with rich hints of lemon curd and pastry cream. Drink now through 2020.
91 points, Wine Spectator (Nov 2018)
Light, bright yellow. Musky pear and toasty lees on the nose and in the mouth. Fleshy and open-knit, with a hint of bitter lemon pith adding back-end cut. Finishes on a gently smoky note, with very good cling and focus and a hint of bitter quinine. This must be the best example of this bottling that I've had in years, if not decades. In the past the Imperial Brut received a dosage of 12 g/l, but no more; in fact, there's talk that in the near future it may be dropped down as far as 7 g/l.
90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Jan 2015)
Tart red-fruit scents give this a vinous profile, fragrant with cranberry, root vegetables and ginger. It finishes clean, with cool limestone minerality. Cellar this for a year to let the flavors develop further.
90 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2012)