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Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

Champagne from France - Champagne
This gorgeous Champagne tempts with green apple, brioche and a touch of flint on the nose, with pin prick bubbles lifting the palate, all supported by bright acidity and a superbly refreshing finish. This really is a smart buy. In the heart of Reims, chef de cave Élisabeth Sarcelet selects small parcels from over 155 different crus for the complex Castelnau blend, whose high percentage of chardonnay and extensive lees ageing produces a richer style of Champagne. The flagship Brut Réserve gets five years, resulting in great integration and balance.
Price: £32.00 Bottle
Original price: £160.00 Sale price: £119.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: CH3391

Wine characteristics

  • Champagne
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Within two years of purchase
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork

The Bespoke Black Book

I enjoyed a bottle of Champagne Castelnau. A perfect balance of depth and edge, this gorgeous Champagne tempts with green apple, brioche and a touch of flint on the nose, with pin prick bubbles lifting...
I enjoyed a bottle of Champagne Castelnau. A perfect balance of depth and edge, this gorgeous Champagne tempts with green apple, brioche and a touch of flint on the nose, with pin prick bubbles lifting the palate, all supported by bright acidity and a superbly refreshing finish. Due to the relatively high proportion of chardonnay it is very floral on the nose, but further complexity is revealed with herbal notes of ginger and the distinctive apricots, lemon and grapefruit. The flagship Brut R�serve is aged five years, resulting in great integration and balance. This would be lovely before a meal, perhaps on Christmas eve with a touch left in the bottle for a bucks fizz on Christmas morning. This Champagne is also very good value
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Christina Blaney

Scottish Field

[Chef CraigRowlands'] … crab and scallop is a delicious combination. Balancing theflavours in the dish will be key and it's exactly the same with the wine, whichis why I've opted for...
[Chef CraigRowlands'] … crab and scallop is a delicious combination. Balancing theflavours in the dish will be key and it's exactly the same with the wine, whichis why I've opted for the poise and precision of Castelnau. There's a greatbalance between the lively acidity and the flavours of red apples, peaches andapricots. What's really impressive for a non-vintage Champagne is the roundedmouthfeel and touches of bread and brown sugar.
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- Peter Ranscombe

The Sunday Times

If you’re flying onBritish Airways and lucky enough to be handed a glass of champagne beforetake-off it will probably be this. A first sip reveals plenty of fruity notesand lively acidity, but there ...
If you’re flying onBritish Airways and lucky enough to be handed a glass of champagne beforetake-off it will probably be this. A first sip reveals plenty of fruity notesand lively acidity, but there is enough yeasty flavour to withstand thepressurised cabin.
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- Will Lyons

Associated Press Syndicate

Très chic, thischampagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toastyaromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes ofpeaches, apricots and...
Très chic, thischampagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toastyaromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes ofpeaches, apricots and dried almonds, it’s delightfully fresh and a synergy ofpower and elegance.
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- Sam Wylie-Harris

Associated Press Syndicate

Très chic, thischampagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toastyaromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes ofpeaches, apricots and...
Très chic, thischampagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toastyaromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes ofpeaches, apricots and dried almonds, it’s delightfully fresh and a synergy ofpower and elegance.
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- Sam Wylie-Harris

Manchester Evening News

I was struckimmediately by the elegance of this Chardonnay-dominated blend from ReimsChampagne House Castelnau whose cellar master is Elisabeth Sarcelet. Due to therelative high proportion of chardonnay...
I was struckimmediately by the elegance of this Chardonnay-dominated blend from ReimsChampagne House Castelnau whose cellar master is Elisabeth Sarcelet. Due to therelative high proportion of chardonnay it comes on like a blanc de blancs witha very floral nose. But further complexity is revealed with herbal qualities,ginger and apricots. The palate has a fine mousse with a rich creamy textureand long finish.
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- Andy Cronshaw

midweekwines.co.uk

With a 40% chardonnaycontribution but, more importantly, with six years lees aging to add richness.The resulting roundedness is clear ... driven perhaps by a gentle biscuitbackground that adds contrast to ...
With a 40% chardonnaycontribution but, more importantly, with six years lees aging to add richness.The resulting roundedness is clear ... driven perhaps by a gentle biscuitbackground that adds contrast to the wine’s pithy lemon, apple and grapefruitflavours, good acidity and all round sophistication.
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- Brian Elliott

The Press Association

A champagne forthose-in-the-know, the name Castelnau may not be the most familiar but inchampagne circles, it has an excellent reputation for quality – enhanced by anaward-winning cellar master....
A champagne forthose-in-the-know, the name Castelnau may not be the most familiar but inchampagne circles, it has an excellent reputation for quality – enhanced by anaward-winning cellar master. With plenty of complexity from extended ageing,floral aromas, toast and spicy overtones dominate, with rounded peach andwonderful freshness on the finish.
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- Sam Wylie Harris

The Independent

... a less wellknown, great value buy ... from the Champagne capital of Reims, which strikes alovely balance between floral freshness and a richer, toasty, fuller mouthfeel.Great for just sipping, or...
... a less wellknown, great value buy ... from the Champagne capital of Reims, which strikes alovely balance between floral freshness and a richer, toasty, fuller mouthfeel.Great for just sipping, or while nibbling on nuts and olives, or perhaps withthose oysters.
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- Terry Kirby

The Press Association

... these brilliantbubbles offer a fine layer of richness, decent biscuity notes and aneasy-drinking freshness at an approachable price.

- Sam Wylie Harris

Decanter

Intense savourytones, yet still rich and fruity. Assertive in character with a hint ofliquorice at the end.

- Panel tasting

champagneguru.co.uk

Best value wines forChristmas and the New Year: … an added level of maturity and richness broughton to a great extent by extra lees ageing …

Giles Fallowfield

belleabouttown.com

Champagne Castelnau,a brand you may not have heard of but which might be just the thing you needfor a Bank Holiday celebration, Father’s Day, or any other occasion that takesyour fancy. Known for...
Champagne Castelnau,a brand you may not have heard of but which might be just the thing you needfor a Bank Holiday celebration, Father’s Day, or any other occasion that takesyour fancy. Known for its exceptional quality, Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV ismulti-award winning, vegetarian and vegan. It’s full and flavoursome and I’mtold it has a level of complexity rarely found in a non-vintage Brut. If you  taste it you should get spicy overtones, warm praline flavours,and fruity notes of peach and apricot, according to [chef de cave Elisabeth]Sarcelet. It’s perfect with canapes or served with food like sole or other fishdishes. It’s also a bit more understated in appearance than some of its rivals, makingit an easy bottle to pop on the table for even the most low-key of occasions,or to drink alone as an aperitif. ... it’s eminently affordable ... Give it a try – it might well become yourgo-to tipple, no matter what the occasion.
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- Ellen Manning

Liverpool Echo

The champagne has awonderful nose of brioche, toasted pineapple and apple compote. The flavours offruits shiver in the mouth, there's a richness and depth which lingers for avery long time indeed. The ...
The champagne has awonderful nose of brioche, toasted pineapple and apple compote. The flavours offruits shiver in the mouth, there's a richness and depth which lingers for avery long time indeed. The champagne would add the finishing touches to anyspecial day. Perhaps when you're finally able to see friends and family.
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- Jane Clare

Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Known by its peers and amongst the world’s top wine critics for its exceptional quality, Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV is multi-award winning, vegetarian and vegan, and made to the ...
Known by its peers and amongst the world’s top wine critics for its exceptional quality, Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV is multi-award winning, vegetarian and vegan, and made to the highest standard by respected Chef de Cave, Elisabeth Sarcelet who has been creating this superb Champagne range for more than 30 years. The signature for Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV is a full and flavoursome style, balanced with crisp, refreshing acidity and a clean, pitch-perfect finish. Its contemporary, understated packaging is the perfect complement to any table setting, from light snacks to a more formal meal.
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Spectator

Stage 21 is all aboutParis, starting in Mantes la Jolie and finishing famously on the ChampsElysees. The rider in yellow will be enjoying Champagne on the bike as hestarts the route, finally speaking our...
Stage 21 is all aboutParis, starting in Mantes la Jolie and finishing famously on the ChampsElysees. The rider in yellow will be enjoying Champagne on the bike as hestarts the route, finally speaking our language. The Champagne sponsor isCastelnau and the Reserve Brut is a surprise package, less familiar on theseshores but a worthy, fresh but toasty fizz to raise in the race’s honour.
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- Ben McFarland/Tom Sandham

The Drinks Business

The Drinks Business Champagne Masters: The Gold medallist for 2020 in the £20-30 price category was Champagne Castelnau Brut Reserve, a non-vintage cuvée that just scrapes in beneath the ...
The Drinks Business Champagne Masters: The Gold medallist for 2020 in the £20-30 price category was Champagne Castelnau Brut Reserve, a non-vintage cuvée that just scrapes in beneath the £30 cut-off – and can be bought today by UK residents from The Wine Society. What do you get for your money? Well, the appeal of this fizz is its pleasingly mature characters, meaning it has the brioche, beeswax and hazelnut aromatics usually found in pricier Champagnes that have spent more time ageing in the cellars of the region. Here, you get all those lovely nutty and gently honeyed notes for a minimal outlay by Champagne standards, and plenty of fresh lemon and apple fruit too, along with a creamy-texture to the fizz, and a refreshing finish – although there’s nothing excessively firm about the style of this generous Champagne. Ok, so it may not be a famous name, but you can just tell your friends it’s a Champagne for those in the know, or drink it in private. And if anyone asks, key to its character is the five years this cuvée spends in Castelnau’s cellars, slowly taking on those delicious flavours described above.
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- Patrick Schmitt

Decanter

Attractive nose ofnectarine and spring flowers with a slight hint of smoke. Lovely mousse, yeastybrioche and vanilla on the palate with gentle freshness and a crisp, cleanfinish.

- Panel Tasting

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