The Co-op's Les Pionniers 2004 Champagne
Now at a decade of age, this Co-op vintage fizz is only just starting to feel mature - I first reviewed it in 2013 and felt it would continue to improve with age.
A year on, it has developed noticeably and just been awarded awarded three “World Champion” titles at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2014*.
Made in partnership with Piper and Charles Heidseick, it is a blend of 39% Chardonnay, 46% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier.
Golden sandy yellow, it is complex, precise and assured, with orchard fruits and hints of redcurrant, musky melonskin, yeasty-biscuitiness and a fine mousse; taut citrus acidity, some aged, nutty character and a persistent minerality.
Crisp enough for an aperitif, but will match well with seafood starters and roast guineafowl.
The Co-operative Les Pionniers Champagne 2004, £24.99; provided for review.
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*Its awards are:
- “World Champion Supermarket Vintage Champagne”
- “World Champion Greatest Value Champagne”
- “World Champion Vintage Brut Blend”.