There are so many interesting Champagnes available these days beyond the big houses, and this Champagne from Louis Barthélémy in Epernay is one of them. Their non-vintage Améthyste cuvée is a red grape dominant blend of 50% pinot noir and 30% pinot meunier, with 20% chardonnay making up the balance. It is very classically profiled, with aromatics that remind of toast, lemon and brioche. The palate is appealingly and resolutely dry, with a creamy mousse and nervy acidity framing its flavours of lemon and stone. This is a lovely balanced Champagne.