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Celebrate Champagne Day with the world’s best-loved tipple
Taking place on the third Friday of October every year, Champagne Day has become a global occasion as fans from every corner of the globe celebrate their favourite beverage. Aside from the multitude of Champagne experiences taking place worldwide, the day also provides an opportunity for champagne fans to exchange champagne tasting notes, experiences, recommendations and discoveries.
In honour of Champagne Day 2019 and to mark the 150th anniversary of the iconic Moët Impérial, we bring you a quick Q&A with Moët & Chandon winemaker Amine Ghanem.
Q: Moët & Chandon is referred to as the world’s most loved champagne, do you think this is because of its association with celebration?
A: Yes, definitely. At Moët & Chandon, we believe that each and every one of life’s moments is worth celebrating. And we believe that after 270 years of celebrating life’s memorable moments, there’s no better way to honour your achievements and successes, than with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne in hand. With a bottle of our champagne opened every second around the globe, we feel an immense sense of pride around the Maison’s association with celebration.
Q: Please end the debate once and for all! How do we correctly pronounce Moët & Chandon?
A: The correct pronunciation of Moët & Chandon is an age-old question that has sparked spirited debate across dinner tables amongst friends, champagne aficionados across the globe and even garners attention on prime-time radio shows and trends in the ‘Twittersphere’! So, to silence the debate – the winery’s founder Claude Moët was of Dutch heritage, so you pronounce the brand ‘Mo-Wett’, and not ‘Mo-Way’.
Q: Can you explain the differences in champagne styles, e.g. brut, demi-sec etc?
A: Brut Champagnes such as the Moët & Chandon Impérial – which celebrates its 150-year anniversary this year – as well as the Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé can be served throughout the meal, from aperitif to dessert. Moet Impérial pairs very well with white fish and white fruits, while Moët & Chandon Impérial Rosé pairs really well with simple, intense, colourful flavours, such as red meat and fresh red-fleshed fruits. In our demi-sec range, we have Moët Nectar and Moët Ice. The main difference is that these wines are sweeter as they have a higher dosage than the Brut offerings. Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial is an innovative first, a Champagne specifically created to be enjoyed over ice, ideal for warm days and summer celebrations. Perfect for the South African climate.