Co-op is fast becoming my go-to supermarket for good, inexpensive Champagne.
There are, of course, other wines that fizz, but Champagne - good Champagne - has a complexity and interest that lesser sparklers do not achieve.
It is easy to think of Champagne as over-hyped and over-priced fizz - but The Co-op has a range that over-delivers for the money.
This Aubert et Fils NV Champagne is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; the white grape Chardonnay provides freshness and elegance, whilst the Pinots bring red fruits and weightiness.
Golden sandy yellow in the glass, it has savoury aromas and red fruits on the nose with hints of toast and truffleyness.
The palate shows crisp orchard fruits, red fruits and leesy savouriness with a fine, elegant mousse and persistence on the finish.
It is crisp enough for an aperitif, but will also stand up to canapes, shellfish or white-meat stews.
£29.99, but reduced to the bargain price of £13.99 until August 27th, 2013; provided for review.
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