Champagne de Castellane Brut Non Vintage

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: de Castellane

Region: Champagne, France

Appellation: AOC Champagne

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier

Blend: roughly 15% reserve wine

Winemaking details: Traditional Method (Méthode Champenoise)

Aging: 24 months on lies (before disgorgement) + 3 months on bottle (after disgorgement)

Sugar level: around 9 g/Liter

Sulphites: contains Sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Lemon
  • Intensity = Pale

NOSE

  • Intensity = Medium –
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary & Secondary (no tertiary)
  • Aromas = Citrus, Green Herbs, Blossom, Green Grass, Cut Grass, Light Yogurt

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Slightly Off Dry (> 6 g / Litre)
  • Acidity = High
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium
  • Body = Medium
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary (no tertiary)
  • Flavour details = Citrus, Green Herbs, Blossom, Green Grass, Cut Grass, Light Yogurt
  • Other = Softish Mousse (Light Fizz, Beading)
  • Finish = Medium

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Good
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 8°C for up to 2-3 years
    • Will not increase in complexity through aging
  • Retail Price = 20 euros (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = Slightly overpriced for the quality offered
  • Comparison with same price competition = not the worst deal but not the best deal either
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Not Suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 8°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = Appetizer
  • Comments = Slightly disappointed by the overall quality with a lack of intensity and complexity in aromas even for a Non Vintage
  • Final Grade = B

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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