Obviously wine is subjective...but if you have an opportunity to sit through a blind tasting of similarly priced NV champagnes (whether from small growers or big negociants that buy their grapes from god-knows-where like this particular one) you may be surprised to find that this champagne is always ranked the least favorite. This house makes lots and lots of champagne--reminds me of similarly mass produced bubbly from Spain, the US, Australia, other parts of France. There is not the clean elegance that champagne's should have, nor is there the rich toastyness. Instead it smells of sulfur and is a bit dirty tasting with bubbles that are so-so. While i've certainly had worst sparkling, I'm giving this such a poor review because there are SOO many other good sparklings out there in a similar price range...and I've had $15 cava's that taste more like what a true champagne should taste like than this...but, oh, marketing. It wins people's hearts. If you read the other reviews people had this for a special reason--because it is a $40-$60 bottle of wine; to celebrate an engagement, a birth, an anniversary. I'm sure it was great for that...but it doesn't make it good wine.
This review is obviouly reflective of my person palate. I have read the other reviews and can see some of the other descriptions as accurate but possibly a little over romanticized (which is fine because champagn is a romantic/in the moment type wine). My family had it on a Sunday afternoon for no special reason but to have a nice glass of champagne. This is a nice way to gage a wine because it is u and the wine...not New Years/Wedding/Anniversary. It is nutty and has a nice undertone of citrus (from what I could tell), but I thought it fell a little flat at the end and lacked the complexity & crispness I would expect frma decent bottle of champagne. Again, this is my experience, and I was a litte let down. I would recommend a Charles Heidsieck Brut or the ever dependable Moet & Chandon White Star as equal or leser price alternatives. Hope this helps!
One of my favorites. This is pretty much the only champagne I prefer to drink when I'm not looking to spend over $100 on a bottle. For extra-special occasions, I've been known to splurge on a bottle of Dom Perignon, but surprisingly, this champagne is just about as good, and most stores sell it for around $50. The flavor is one of the best I've tasted in this price range, and if you're going to spend the extra cash on some real champagne, you might as well shell out the $50 and get this. I could drink it everyday. Goes down smooth, very nice body and flavor...just perfect.