Prosecco is still having a moment but it just doesn’t cut the mustard on Mother’s Day – nothing says ‘I love you mum’ quite like a bottle of decent champers and a bouquet of flowers, both of which were covered by me and my sister on Sunday of course!
While most bottles of Champagne are more expensive than other sparkling wines, there are some truly excellent value options out there and I’m waving the flag for making occasions out of some of the more humdrum days of the year.
It was with this in mind that I stopped past my local Co-op on a cold March evening last week and indulged in a bottle of Les Pionniers NV Champagne. At £16.99 it’s cheaper than many other branded and own label champagnes, and it came top in a Which? blind taste test just before Christmas, beating wines retailing at double the price.
A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, this excellent value fizz has lovely fine bubbles, a distinctive rich and biscuity aroma, and delicious citrus flavours. An excellent ‘everyday’ Champagne… if only!