Champagne


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


Christmas morning fodder? Champagne Thiénot Brut Rosé Édition Limitée NV, France (£40.49 Champagne & Châteaux) Quite a rich, yeasty, almost creamy young wine with crisp citrus and apple to the fore, and hints of darker fruit – cherries and raspberries, plus an almost Cab Franc-like blackcurrant leaf character – in […]

Champagne Thiénot Brut Rosé Édition Limitée NV, France


Not the most subtle of Champagnes, but I like the honest rich flavours here Champagne Duménil Amour de Cuvée Blanc de Noirs NV, France (N/A in the UK) A rich, savoury edged Champagne, quite wine-y, with a mature brioche character and rich mouthfilling red fruit flavours. Almost too much to […]

Champagne Duménil Amour de Cuvée Blanc de Noirs NV