I wrote recently about a Christmas wine tasting event hosted by Aldi Ireland which I attended in the Mansion House. I had my first taste of Port which I enjoyed immensely. Also on offer on the night was a selection of champagne, yes proper champagne from the Champagne region of France. Here’s a run down of what you can expect to find on offer.
Veuve Monsigny Pink Champagne Brut €23.99 (75cl). A blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. Delicious light and crisp and a nice alternative to the usual white champagne.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Blanc De Blanc €26.99 (75cl). This one is 100% chardonnay and while I’m not a massive fan of just chardonnay this was a delightful crisp and dry offering.
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut €19.99 (75cl). A blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. The interesting point about this particular champagne is that was awarded a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge 2013, beating well known brands such as Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 (€169.95*) and Möet & Chandon Imperial NV (€46.60**), both of which received bronze awards. It might just be worth investing in a few bottles of this while you can. A great sparkling dry white.
Philippe Michel Cremant Du Jura €10.79 (75cl). 100% chardonnay and an absolute bargain at that price. It has lovely hints of apple freshness and at only €10.79 I’d be picking up a few bottles of this.
Note: while I was invited to the tasting as a guest I was not asked to write about or promote what was on offer. I found the selection on offer on the night both enjoyable and good value and am happy to share with readers.