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There have been several good excuses for celebratory drinks over recent weeks. A landmark birthday, England’s progress in the World Cup and just the fact that we’re enjoying one of the finest summers I can remember so wrote Andy Cronshaw in this weekend’s Manchester Evening News. Echoing the theme of our blog of last week where, in light of the CO2 shortage, we selected naturally carbonated wines (see: Bubbling up at the World Cup ) he recommends celebrating with Champagne Gremillet Brut NV.

Champagne Gremillet Brut Selection NV

Matured in bottle for 22 months on lees (that’s half a year longer than the AOC regulations dictate) Champagne Gremillet is held in high regard by the French, being the Champagne of choice in their embassies and consulates worldwide. Pinot Noir dominated, from sun drenched vineyards in the southerly Côte de Bar (which shares characteristics with neighbouring Burgundy) Champagne Gremillet it characterised by rich fruit and classic baked biscuit flavours. The distinct spiral design on the capsule Gremillet describe as representing “the progression of life with its highs and lows, its minor and major successes”. Romantic perhaps, but somehow very apt in light of what’s being played out in Russia’s stadiums.  No doubt then that French embassies have bottles chilling on ice in anticipation of another high for France, and given Andy’s conclusion that Champagne Gremillet Brut NV is  “simply one of the very best budget Champagnes out there”, it’s a good reason to get stocked up for a high for England this Wednesday (and, pray!) this Sunday too.

 

Wow! Did somebody pop the toaster on? This blend of 70 per cent Pinot Noir and 30 per cent Chardonnay has autolysis notes in spades. In fact, it’s just the type of Champagne I like to drink on its own without the need for food. The Pinot Noir dominance gives it biscuity bite on the palate where there is great elegance as the peachy punch of the fruit comes through. To finish there’s a fair dash of chalky, mineral acidity. For my money this is simply one of the very best budget Champagnes out there”.  Andy Cronshaw, Manchester Evening News, Saturday Extra (7th July 2018).