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29th December 2009

GH Martel, Champagne Brut Prestige NV
G.H. Martel is a large, family owned firm (indeed the 7th biggest house in Champagne) and their wines are widely available. This 70% Pinot Noir blend has lots of tiny bubbles. The nose is biscuity but fresh, with notes of almond and bruised apple. On the palate it is a powerful, mouth-filling Champagne, with a crisp, frothy mousse but plenty of breadth and fruit. It's a rock solid, very tasty and honest fizz, but note the full price of 29.99 looks too high at the moment with the likes of Roederer Brut and Bollinger available for around £26.00. However it is on offer in Sainsbury's until early January at 19.99, half price in Morrisons (though stocks are low) and is on Tesco.com at just £12.81 per bottle when bought by the half-case. At those prices it's a very attractive, proper Champagne that does what it says on the tin.

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