A champagne for 19 Euro?
A real champagne?
That you could drink or is it for motor oriented events (by the way, one of the most stupid behaviour ever, but that´s another story)?
Yes, for drinking.
Well then, how does it taste?
Funny you should ask...
NV Brut Grande Tradition, Charles Mignon
A pure, fine, open nose with notes of fennel, lemon peel, grape and almond paste. Not that expressive, more a understated elegance. Very good. Has a fine note of freshly washed clothes drying in the open air.
The taste is cool, finely tuned and on the lightish side with tiny bubbles, fresh acidity and lots of green apples with almond paste and lemon for support. There is a tiny metallic note in the end, but not in a disturbing way. Great for drinking now.
The cepage is 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier.
88p (tasted 2012/02)
I know that there is lots of nice champagne in this price range in the rest of Europe, but since I´m living in, at least when it comes to alcohol regulations, one of the last communist states, where the state knows better than me, I have to make due with what they let me buy (ranting over...)