The search for good fizz at recessionista wino prices goes on. I had the family round and picked up some ‘half price’ Freixinet 2006 Vintage. I’ve always found Freixinet to be a reliable supplier and this looked a notch above their basic blend (which is currently £3 at Tesco so if you’re looking for something to make cocktails with, or just supply cheap fizz for a crowd then it’s the default choice).
The Vintage version was £5 at Sainsbury’s, an attractive price. It had plenty of bubbles – enthusistic ones which burst forth at the slightest provocation. It was fizzy rather than mousse-like. It tasted pretty good with zingy lemon and just enough fresh toast to justify the price uplift from the standard offering.
Again this isn’t going to be anyone’s favourite ‘Champagne’ but it’s good value on the current discount, but I wouldn’t pay £10 for it.