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Champagne Carlin 1er Cru NV
Now and again Aldi really do turn up some cracking value wines, and this fine Champagne is a perfect example. It is made by the house of Cattier, a robust and fruity blend of 75% Pinots Noir and Meunier, and 25% Chardonnay. Grapes are sourced from eight of Champagne's 1er Cru villages, mainly in the Montagne de Reims region, and the blend covers three different harvests to add depth and complexity. The colour is quite a deep, glowing gold, and minuscule bubbles rise in a steady stream across the width of the glass. The nose has lots of toasty, brioche and buttered pecan, with a generous weight of ripe pear and lightly spicy aromas. On the palate it is rich and rolling, with lots of fruit: plummy and peachy notes abound, as well as oatmeal and toast, and a wonderful, shimmering core of acidity. This full-bodied, dry wine is very broad and drinkable, whilst having subtle layers of complexity and great balance. Reminiscent in some ways of Laurent-Perrier's luxury Cuvée Grand Siècle, this is fantastic value. Aldi 10.99