With the kick-off of the holidays only a week away, I’m reaching out to see if you might be looking to add wines and spirits to any holiday gift guide coverage you may be working on. We’re celebrating the holidays with the best of the France with Moët & Chandon champagne and D’USSÉ cognac – each offering luxurious expressions to drink, gift, and celebrate with this season, and hope to have you join in on the fun!
Whether looking to warm by a fire or simply interested in a cozy cognac cocktail, D’USSÉ XO and VSOP are the staple, bar-cart-friendly offerings for those who appreciate richness, approachability, and style – with eye-catching bottle designs you can’t miss. For those special moments, look no further than iconic Moët & Chandon, whose two 2019 limited-edition offerings celebrate their 150th Anniversary of their flagship wine Impérial Brut and the annual Nectar Impérial Rosé collaboration, are sure to satisfy any bubbly lovers and hype beasts alike.
MOËT & CHANDON IMPÉRIAL BRUT 150th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE & GIFT BOX
Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut (SRP: $39.99) was first created in 1869, named Impérial in honor of Napoleon, a close friend of the Champagne House’s Moët family. A gift that exudes history and elegance, this limited-edition bottle or gift box will resonate with loved ones this holiday season. As the premiere champagne of excellence, the “I” emblazoned at the center of this limited-edition bottle adds a touch of inspiration as the year closes out. A graceful golden straw yellow in color, this wine has a lively palate combined with finesse with bright fruity aromas of apple, pear, white peach and citrus and notes of floral nuances.
2019 LIMITED-EDITION MOËT & CHANDON NECTAR IMPÉRIAL ROSÉ
Moët & Chandon recently launched its new limited-edition bottle of Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé (SRP $59.99), the top selling rosé champagne in the nation. Moët & Chandon launched the limited-edition bottle in celebration of a new program, Nectar of the Culture, with iconic cultural photographer, Jonathan Mannion, as the partner. This debut collaboration showcases the new brand program, which celebrates the people, places and moments that push culture forward. Mannion, a respected documenter of the “Golden Era” of Hip- Hop, is working with Moët & Chandon to highlight a new era of pioneers who are changing the game today and shaping culture to impact a new generation, which Moët & Chandon and Mannion have dubbed the “Rose Gold Era.” Celebrate those who shape our culture this holiday season with a beautiful, fully rose gold bottle of Nectar Impérial Rosé
The second cognac expression from the D’USSÉ portfolio, D’USSÉ XO (SRP $230) is an exquisite ultra-premium blend championing the category. Born from the prestigious Château de Cognac, D’USSÉ XO incorporates over 200 years of tradition with the inspiration of a passionate Cellar Master, Michel Casavecchia. The hand-selected eaux-de-vie used in D’USSÉ XO are aged a minimum of 10 years in French oak casks, and the result is an uncompromising cognac that delivers complex flavor and culminates in an exceptionally balanced finish. D’USSÉ XO starts with a fruity bouquet on the nose, bringing notes of hazelnuts, nutmeg, apricot, orange, wood, and subtle warm spice on the palate – a festive flavor combination perfect for the holidays. A statement wherever it rests, the exceptional bottle design – inspired by the liquid it contains – is both class and modern bearing the Cross of Lorraine: a symbol of honor, courage, and perseverance. The bottle is available at Totalwine.com and additional local retailers nationwide.
D’USSÉ VSOP (SRP $50) is the perfectly balanced blend of selected Cognacs aged at least 4 ½ years in French oak barrels in the prestigious Chateau de Cognac’s unique dry and humid cellars. These natural aging environments are a key factor in delivering the distinctive bold, full-bodied and pleasantly smooth taste of D’USSÉ, resulting in a full-bodied V.S.O.P. blend with a powerful, complex taste and a pleasantly smooth finish. Perfect on its own, on the rocks, or mixed in classics such as the Side Car and Old Fashioned, D’USSÉ VSOP is the ideal base spirit to have on your bar cart while entertaining during the holidays.