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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV, The Co-op

Low-cost Champagne alternatives are all very well - indeed I have reviewed quite a few very impressive ones on this blog (see under "fizz") - but good Champagne has a depth and complexity (as well as a price tag) that Cava and Prosecco generally cannot match.

This Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV is currently on special offer at The Co-op until 3rd January 2012, and whilst it still costs as much as two bottles of good Prosecco, it rather defies the law of diminishing returns by actually being is twice as good.

A golden colour in the glass, it feels fresh and lively with ripe, crisp orchard fruit on the palate. There is toasty brioche and savouriness, whilst the mousse is fine and persistent with a long finish.

The acidity is prominent and crisp, but also feels balanced, soft and harmonious - mouthfilling yet light, it is elegant and moreish.

We matched it very satisfactorily with Boxing Day left overs of turkey and ham.

£28.99, reduced to £19.32 until 3rd January 2012 from The Co-op ; provided for review.

Co-op - http://www.co-operative.coop/food/food-and-drink/drink/Wine/
Piper Hiedsieck - http://www.piper-heidsieck.com/

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