Dominique Boulard Champagne from Cambridge Champagne Company
Just lanched, the Cambridge Champagne Company is the UK's exclusive importer of Dominique Boulard Champagne.
Not so much a new business venture as a side project, the company was set up by a group of friends who reckoned that if they could find a good Champagne, bring it to the UK and sell a few bottles, then the profits should just about cover their costs thus ensuring a steady supply of Champagne for them to drink at little or no cost.
They sent me four bottles to review:
Cuvée Rosé de Saignée (50% PM, 50% PN) deep cranberry red, restrained nose, delicate red berry fruit, prominent acidity, fine mousse and persistence. Correct and well-enough made, but rather characterless.
Cuvée Tradition (10% PM, 30% PN, 60% Ch) sandy yellow, yeasty melon skin aromas; ripe white pear, white peach and crisp clean apple - fine mousse, good persistence. With aeration, a pleasant rasp and leesiness develops. Fresh and elegant textbook Champagne. Good.
Brut Réserve (70% PM, 20% PN, 10% Ch) deeper straw yellow, fuller and more concentrated than the Tradition, a step-up; ripe orchard fruit, leesy with prominent linear acidity. Very Good.
Grand Cru Mailly-Champagne pale sandy yellow; balanced and restrained sort of character - ripe orchard fruit and fresh acidity. Fine, precise and elegant. Good
Having tried the wines, I found the company's website to check prices - it seems the one I enjoyed most, the Brut Réserve, is the best seller. It costs £21.95 which I think is excellent value.
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