Champagne isn’t often on my menu, so I really have no idea what to buy. Browsing the champagne aisle at Houston’s Home Depot sized liquor store I found this one, which had interesting reviews and the on-site wine pimp suggested. Plop, into the cart.
It was interesting and I did like it but it was very different from my standard fare – Egly-Ouriet. Taking a lesson from Oenophilogical, I’ll use simple terms to describe. Of course, I only know simple terms, so there’s that!
A surprising but not unpleasant yeasty, musky muscat grape on the nose. Peach, apricot, almond, and pleasant cinnamon astringency on the tongue with just the slightest mineral quality.
Flavours were a little stingy but opened up after 20 minutes of accidentally letting it come closer to room temperature. Its almost medium bodied, almost. Clean, crisp flavors were intense momentarily then evaporated quickly. Residual sugar seemed a little high for a Brut but that could have easily been the fresh apricot-peach fruit flavours doing a marketing job on my brain.
It paired nicely with Brie, overpowered a fresh Mozzarella and didn’t even register against a Gorgonzola (no surprise there).
NV Collet Brut | Specs – Downtown, HTX | $45