Champagne $100 & under - Wine tasting 2011

With such a classy array of wines, it was not at all easy for the panel to rank the Top 10, writes Ralph Kyte-Powell.

by Ralph Kyte-Powell | Cuisine issue #149 | Wednesday, 7 December, 2011



6. GH Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV $92
Mumm is another old Champagne label that’s got its act together in recent years. Cordon Rouge NV is an elegant, lifted wine with a core of citrus fruit tightened up with firm, racy acidity.
It’s not very complex, but its pristine style makes it a great aperitif. [I]

7. Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial NV $90-$95
Another winner in Moët’s impressive folio of Champagnes, this pale pink version has a nose of strawberries, spice and gingerbread that’s rich and inviting. It’s soft and complex in the mouth, layered and smooth with some firmness underneath, ahead of a lovely caramelly aftertaste. [F]

8. GH Mumm Brut Rosé NV $100
This complete, classical and appetising style from Mumm encapsulates the romance of rosé. With a whisper of
red berries and shortbread on the nose, it has a fine profile and zesty freshness in the mouth, but there’s
also good flesh mid-palate. [I]

9. Philipponnat Brut Royale Reserve NV $99.90
Philipponnat NV isn’t subtle, but it’s energetic and memorable – just the thing if you like big-flavoured, well-matured Champagne. Fresh baguette, stone-fruit, patisserie and nutty aromas are powerful and complex, and it’s full-bodied and “masculine” in style. [B]

10. Cattier Brut Premier Cru NV $49-$59
Consistently impressive, Cattier NV shows its top-quality vineyard sources well here. It’s a polished wine with a core of appley fruit of true finesse, enhanced by buttery, vanilla, creamy richness, and balanced by a fine line of zippy acidity. It’s a better choice than many more expensive Champagnes. [D]

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