He was so close wasn’t he? A nation’s hopes on his shoulders – poor guy! That rarely seen emotion after losing. *Sniff*.
Well done Andy Murray. We had the Champagne chilling for a victory – but ended up drinking it anyway to celebrate your achievement/drown our sorrows.
This fizz was a Which? Best Buy towards the end of last year in a test of supermarket champers costing less than £35 and I can see why. It’s extremely quaffable, not too acidic like some Champagnes.
Lemon-gold in colour, it smells of green apples with, according to The Analyst anyway, a hint of Strawberry Starburst (or Opal Fruits as I like to remember them.)
This Champagne is a dry or brut style – but not overwhelmingly so. The flavours seem quite complex. Those apples are there, but so are salty lemons and some toasty creaminess too. It’s not big and briochey though, more light, citrusy and refreshing – but with reasonable length. If you like the toasty/nutty style then the Co-operative does a Vintage Les Pionniers too for around a fiver more – although I prefer the non vintage.
For those who like facts and figures: The alcohol level is 12%. The grape blend is 70% Pinot Noir; 20% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay.
Les Pionniers Champagne is, I think, a cut above many of the cheaper supermarket Champagnes. It’s usually priced at £19.99, but has recently been on offer for £15.99. Definitely snap it up at the lower price, but it’s worth the full price too.
Update 11 July – According to the folks from the Co-op the £15.99 offer is still on! Hurrah!
W.O.W. Factor 7.5
P.S. We should have also raised a glass to Jonny Marray, Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s doubles champion since 1936.