Champagne Varietals (Farpointe Cellar): A little nail polish on the nose, with just the slightest hint of citrus. It's a bit tight. A little more expressive on the palate, but still pretty tight. It has the nail polish and citrus, plus a little yeast at the end.
A good bargain. From an unusual Blanc de Blancs blend of Ugni Blanc and Airén grapes. This budget Brut is pale yellow in color. Plenty of bubbles, but they’re a bit too big for my liking. Inviting yeasty nose. Surprisingly, not near as yeasty on the palate. Zesty flavors of apple and citrus, but not without a bit of bitterness. Mistakable for a New World sparking wine. Quite good QPR. Overall, Francois Montand proves to be a solid everyday budget bubbly from France.
NC Vayniac Get Together (The Angus Barn-Raleigh, NC): Popped and poured. This wine exhibited a light straw yellow color with moderate effervescence. On the nose, yeast and toast notes were predominant with subtle hints of citrus aromas. On the palate, more yeast and toast with very little fruit. Not much of a finish in this wine. HS82
Most toast in the nose out of the bottles i've had so far. Thought it'd seem like were were slumming it after drinking some nice bubblies over the holidays and early this year, but it really holds its own.
Served this as the "champagne" for our wedding last year - and still drinking it. Nose of apples and white peaches, with a hint of ripe yeast. These are getting pretty old. Still, a good inexpensive Brut.
Great fresh taste and a terrific price point that allows you to enjoy true, although not vintage, Champagne any evening when the mood hits you. About $9-10 a bottle. It has become a favorite for some of our friends and neighbors. We have tasted about a dozen bottles over the past 15 months and it is very consistent. UPDATE: 12/10/2006, We continue to buy this true Champagne and find it to be one of the best values in sparkling wines with great consistency and a lovely disposition that pairs well with shellfish and chicken appetizers as well as cheeses.