Champagne


Not yer average bottles, so are these not yer average wines…? Freixenet Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (£12 Ocado) Gentle, friendly style with a toffee-like edge to the ripe green apple and pumice-stone flavours, not massively complex, but slips down easily. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve “Floral Sleeve” NV, France […]

Can you, should you judge a wine by its cover?


Not much more expensive than the regular Canard-Duchêne, and a major step up in quality Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France (£37.99 Champagne One, Champagnes and Chateaux) Fresh, elegant style, dainty on its feet, with notes of fresh and crystallised pineapple and a hint of orange peel set […]

Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France


LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is […]

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne



Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France (£47-£58 Selfridges, Spirited Wines, Wholefoods, The Whisky Exchange) Lovely wine, juicy red fruit flavours of cherry, cranberry and raspberry, with hints of blackcurrant and green apple in there too, and while it’s brisk and fresh, there’s also some toasty maturity, and great […]

Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France


Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut 2013, France (£11.99 Ocado) Curious but not unattractive mix of lush, sherbetty strawberry character with more bracing, pithy citrus acidity. Perhaps too sharp to drink by itself, but wouldn’t mind it with some seafood. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve NV, France (£26.99 widely available) Manages […]

Sparkling French wines from Bordeaux & Champagne


Champagne Jean Diot Cuvée Sélection NV, France (£19.95 Richard Dawes Fine Wine) Attractive mix of ripeness and freshness, young and lively, with toasty brioche notes alongside the raspberry, apple and citrus fruit, and a clean mineral tang to the finish. Not hugely complex but an appealing dainty style, and a […]

Champagne Jean Diot Cuvée Sélection NV, France