Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne

By | June 27, 2006

Tonight one of the major wine nations will be leaving the World Cup. It’s a tough choice but as I’d like to see Spain win, I’ll go with a French wine and maybe say goodbye to Zidane with a glass of Champagne.

Nicolas Feuillatte is a relatively modern brand, having been around for less than 30 years. Feuillatte is not an artisan carefully working away on his own, it’s a co-operative which is growing steadily with sales in all the major Champagne markets. The Non Vintage is widely available in supermarkets.

The wine is a pale straw colour with attractively fine bubbles. It smells clean fresh and fruity. There’s the touch of yeastiness you’d expect, and some light blossom.

It’s dry, but not puckeringly so, and there’s enough acid to keep it refreshing. It’s light in body, but with plenty of fruit, green apples and lemon, perhaps some pear and quince. At 12% alcohol it’s light enough for a glass or two before dinner.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV is a standard 4-4-2 blend of Pinot Noir-Pinot Meunier-Chardonnay. It’s not a big or heavy champagne, making it perfect as an aperitif, or for a toast, but it doesn’t really stand up well to food.

Although priced at around £20, you can usually get a multi-buy deal on three or six bottles. Watch out for Majestic’s 3 for 2 offers and supermarket Champagne sales as you’ll usually get it for about £15 making it a good value Champagne. I stocked up at Christmas when Majestic had 50% off. It only keeps in good condition for about a year though, so drink up, you can always re-stock.