I have been impressed with the Co-op's Pionniers Champagne - in both standard NV and vintage formats.
Now, the range is extended to include a pink - perfect for Valentine's, Mother's Day or any other occasion when you want to make a statement and ensure that it be a classy one.
Key facts are: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay with up to four years
on the lees in the Piper Heidsieck cellars.
Les Pionniers NV Rosé Champagne (£21.99) a delicate pink in the glass with summer fruits and toasty, yeasty brioche; red berries, raspberries, creamy-oatmealy cashew nuts and a fine mousse; persistent and weighty with a leesy, mineral complexity.
Improves with aeration and will repay a few years' cellaring.
Drink as an aperitif or match with canapes, salmon or charcuterie.