2019 Fine Wine Champions
This year’s blind-tasting triumphs for drinking now
France 2017 En Primeur
Including special triple-region cases
The wines our members order (and reorder) most!
Something of an insider tip, this Reims-based Champagne house outshone some famous competition in our 2018 Wine Champions tasting with its stylish, full-bodied fizz. Toasty and rich, yet balanced with an invigorating seam of freshness, this proved itself a very smart buy.
Product Code: CH3391
"Buttery, toasty, lemon. Rich and creamy, with savoury nutty aftertaste and long finish. Highly recommended"
I would recommend this wine
"Got a box of this for Xmas and just ordered another, can't help but agree with Mr Black top stuff this is. "
"Tonking it as we speak and it's simply fantastic! Will be stocking up!"
The Press Association 26th Jul 2019
"... these brilliant
bubbles offer a fine layer of richness, decent biscuity notes and an
easy-drinking freshness at an approachable price. - Sam Wylie Harris"
The Independent 9th Feb 2019
"... a less well
known, great value buy ... from the Champagne capital of Reims, which strikes a
lovely balance between floral freshness and a richer, toasty, fuller mouthfeel.
Great for just sipping, or while nibbling on nuts and olives, or perhaps with
those oysters. - Terry Kirby"
The Press Association 20th Dec 2018
"A champagne for
those-in-the-know, the name Castelnau may not be the most familiar but in
champagne circles, it has an excellent reputation for quality – enhanced by an
award-winning cellar master. With plenty of complexity from extended ageing,
floral aromas, toast and spicy overtones dominate, with rounded peach and
wonderful freshness on the finish. - Sam Wylie Harris"
midweekwines.co.uk 19th Dec 2018
"With a 40% chardonnay
contribution but, more importantly, with six years lees aging to add richness.
The resulting roundedness is clear ... driven perhaps by a gentle biscuit
background that adds contrast to the wine’s pithy lemon, apple and grapefruit
flavours, good acidity and all round sophistication. - Brian Elliott"
Manchester Evening News 3rd Mar 2018
"I was struck
immediately by the elegance of this Chardonnay-dominated blend from Reims
Champagne House Castelnau whose cellar master is Elisabeth Sarcelet. Due to the
relative high proportion of chardonnay it comes on like a blanc de blancs with
a very floral nose. But further complexity is revealed with herbal qualities,
ginger and apricots. The palate has a fine mousse with a rich creamy texture
and long finish. - Andy Cronshaw"
Associated Press Syndicate 1st Mar 2018
"Très chic, this
champagne’s calling card is its rich, aromatic style, with delicious toasty
aromas and hints of hazelnuts and praline. With impressive depth and notes of
peaches, apricots and dried almonds, it’s delightfully fresh and a synergy of
power and elegance. - Sam Wylie-Harris"
The Sunday Times 28th Jan 2018
"If you’re flying on
British Airways and lucky enough to be handed a glass of champagne before
take-off it will probably be this. A first sip reveals plenty of fruity notes
and lively acidity, but there is enough yeasty flavour to withstand the
pressurised cabin. - Will Lyons"
Scottish Field 1st Oct 2017
Rowlands'] … crab and scallop is a delicious combination. Balancing the
flavours in the dish will be key and it's exactly the same with the wine, which
is why I've opted for the poise and precision of Castelnau. There's a great
balance between the lively acidity and the flavours of red apples, peaches and
apricots. What's really impressive for a non-vintage Champagne is the rounded
mouthfeel and touches of bread and brown sugar. - Peter Ranscombe"
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