Sparkling French wines from Bordeaux & Champagne

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 to be rich and toasty, with plenty of ripe apple, pineapple and nectarine flavour, yet also crisp and fresh. Subtlety maybe not its forte, but could drink a fair bit of this. S-

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