Brut, Champagne Pierre Courtois
The best way to find value for money in Champagne is by knocking on the door of small, dedicated growers like Pierre Courtois, who meticulously tend their vineyards (6 hectares of it for this Domaine) and deliver an elegant champagne that punches way above its weight, with excellent depth of flavour and length.
In France, 7 out of 10 champagne drinkers go for single vineyard cuvées rather than those of much larger Grande Marque producers which typically source fruit from hundreds of different vineyards at a time. With UK drinkers, its the other way around. But we think its time to take a leaf from the French, then, and try an authentic grower champagne, of which Pierre Courtois is a shining example.
- Ludovic Surina, Private Client Director, FromVineyardsDirect
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Delicious. Much better than many more expensive marques. Beautiful fruity taste and fine mousse.
I like small producer fizz. In fact I never buy Grand Marque . I usually keep a couple of years to round out flavour, but no need here- it's got deepish yellow colour, v light bubbles, and lovely mid rich yeast and a little lemon.In the shade, mid afternoon last week at 34' - just the ticket, great value.