Friday, April 07, 2006

Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV Brut

This is really not at all bad - I think on reflection that I'm still more likely to buy a Champagne rather than this in the future - but it's really not at all bad. It's made in the traditional method, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is aged for at least 2 years prior to release yet it still comes across as fresh and zesty, with a lovely appley charm, slightly less acid than perhaps a Champagne might have but overall it was delightful. It was however not in the same league as Champagne - top of the Championship certainly but no Premier League contender. What it lacks is that little "Je ne sais crois", the complexity and development that the French deliver - but at roughly half the price of a Moet NV you may find you want to consider it - if you like your sparkling stuff - and can't afford to drink it that often this makes a splendid alternative to Cava. Drink as an aperatif or as part of a celebration.

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