Les Pionniers, Brut, Champagne, France NV
The 2004 vintage of this briliant own-label fizz won Gold at the 2013 DWWA, but this non-vintage is just as impressive for the price. Made by Régis Camus at Piper-Heidsieck, the quality shines through: a toasty, buttery nose is followed by bright apple purée flavours and citrus acidity. A balanced, rewarding Champagne.
Drinking Window: 2019 - 2019
The Co-op’s multi-awarded own-brand Champagne, made by Piper-Heidsieck, is always a reliable buy. This latest non-vintage release (with 60% Pinot Noir) has the excellent dry, sunny, ripe 2015 vintage as its base wine and it shows in the rich apple fruit, biscuity notes and juicy acidity.
(at Coop Autumn 2019 Tasting, London, 01 Oct 2019)
Drinking Window: 2019 - 2023
Although slightly musty on the nose, this tastes lovely and clean in the mouth, with good depth of flavour. A touch of mushroom joins the fairly intense citrus, nougat and brioche flavours, bringing a touch of savoury complexity. A good Champagne for under £20.
(at London, 05 Oct 2021)
Drinking Window: 2021 - 2026
It's a poorly-kept secret that Co-op's own Champagne brand 'Les Pionniers' is in fact made by Piper Heidsieck. The NV version has a savoury nose of wheat biscuit and white blossom. Rich brioche and creamy on the poised palate, refreshed by green apple and lemon zest, with red apple peel on the finish. Sold at just under £20, it's an unmissable deal to stock up for your Christmas feasts.
30% Pinot Meunier