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.
70% of the French champagne market is for single vineyard champagnes, rather than for the big brand Grandes Marques, who sometimes buy their grapes from hundreds of different vineyards; in the UK its the other way round. Take a leaf from the French and try this delicious single vineyard grower champagne, one considerably cheaper than the big brands.
- David Campbell, Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
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.