Originally this review was a mere stump. A dismissal of Pierre Darcy’s Champagne, really. But more people search to find a review of this Champagne every day than any other and so I think it at least deserves a full, frank review.Pierre Darcys Non Vintage Brut 12% Champagne, Brut
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
£22 (Full price) although it is almost ALWAYS on offer at ADSA for £12
The champers in question won a Silver award from IWSC in 2009. It’s Asda’s cheap and cheerful Champagne that is perpetually on offer, even more so than their more agreeable, own brand vintage Champagne. Its price was one of the first to be slashed back in 2009, when supermarket Champagne Wars were kicking off. Oh how we’ve changed, it was bread-wars and bean-wars when I was at school…
There are a few plus points for this Champagne.
1. If you’re buying a present for somebody you genuinely don’t give a shit about, or if you’re buying a wedding present for somebody who is clueless about Champagne and will probably receive a few bottles, hopefully forgetting which one you bought, then it’s not a bad option when you can pick it up for a tenner, or so.
2. You can get away with buying it in bulk for 18th Birthday parties – I’m not condoning binge drinking, but you’ve seen how they guzzle – the teeny boppers will feel like they’re posh totty, but just watch your light fittings, yeah.
3. It’s OK for making Champagne cocktails.
In essence it’s good for one thing this Champagne; it has the status symbol effect, without being a supermarket own-brand and without the hefty price tag of other well-known, equally bad, Champers.
Of course there’s a reason it’s this cheap: It’s watery, lack-lustre and tastes of chemicals – think lemon loo freshener. But if you’re not intending on drinking it yourself, or being in the presence of the person you’re buying it for when they drink it… then hey, why not?
For the sheer price of this Champagne, I’m going to give it a generous: 2/5Image: http://n–utella.tumblr.com/post/17098835854