Duperrey Premier Cru Brut NV and Serge Mathieu Blanc de Noirs NV

The days when you might only see a few grand marque type Champagnes at your local bottle shop appear long gone.  Here are two good quality, and pretty keenly priced Champagnes that have come across my desk in the last couple of weeks.

Duperrey Premier Cru Brut Champagne NV
This champagne, a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, struck me as very fresh, lemon citrus driven with good acidity, and nuanced with a touch of yeast.  I really quite liked it, and in fact preferred it to Duperrey’s 2005 vintage release reviewed here.  This is a good value non-vintage Champagne that punches above its weight.  Good

Abv: 12%
Price: $45
Source: sample
Vendors: Check http://www.danmurphys.com.au/
Website: n/a
Tasted: 2012

Serge Mathieu Blanc de Noirs Champagne NV
This is a lovely grower Champagne made from 100% pinot noir.  Overt brioche, lemon citrus and rose petal characters are evident aromatically.  The palate has a creamy mousse and presents as a balanced expression of Champagne with yeast and lemon citrus flavours supplemented by a touch of sour cherry.  A lovely Champagne that is great value for its price.  Good to Very Good

Abv: 12%
Price: $40
Vendors: Check http://www.wine-searcher.com/
Website: http://www.champagne-serge-mathieu.fr
Tasted: 2012

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