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Monday 6 February 2012

Veuve Monnier NV, Champagne - The Co-op

This Veuve Monnier Champagne (currently on half-price offer at The Co-op) is made by winemaker Dominique Pichart from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

On first pouring it foams enthusiastically with a fine mousse; the nose shows Pinot-esque aromas with some toastiness and yeasty brioche.

The palate has sweet apple and pear fruit, more toastiness and zippy acidity; there is also a leesy depth of flavour, minerality and a pleasantly more-ish sharpness.

It feels ripe, well-structured and mouthfilling with a persistent and well-balanced finish.

Elegant and characterful, this will match well with salmon in a creamy sauce.

Fizz in general - and Champagne in particular - is somewhat in its own price bracket compared to still wines; at full price this is £26, but on offer at £13 from February 1 - 14 (just in time for Valentine's day) at The Co-op it represents good value for a Champagne; provided for review.


The Co-op - http://www.co-operative.coop/food/food-and-drink/drink/Wine/

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