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Champagne Review

Pierre Darcys Non Vintage Brut

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:  2/5 

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9 thoughts on “Pierre Darcys Non Vintage Brut

  1. Bought several bottles of Pierre Darceys champagne at 10 quid/bottle and did a comparrison test with a 36 pound bottle of Taittinger. Both tasted very nice so Im glad I got the PD.

    Posted by king humph | February 5, 2014, 1:23 pm
  2. Most Champagne is expensive poor tasting rubbish. This one tasted quite pleasant.

    Posted by Harriet Carter | January 1, 2013, 12:11 pm
    • It seems you are not alone, Harriet. Lots of people are enjoying Pierre Darcys and it’s even won a couple of awards. I hope you peruse my porky pages to find lots of other less-expensive Champagnes. Thanks for letting us know what you think.

      Posted by Champagne Piggy | January 5, 2013, 12:19 pm
  3. well i got a bottle of this champagne for my birthday and felt very special and spoiled. how this review made me feel the total opposite. the people that gave it me are good friends so clearly i need to review that!! only joking. i found the “fizzy stuff” very pleasant. creamy and smooth. a lovely excperience i shared with my sister and we both enjoyed it. actually compared very well with lanson black label.

    Posted by Nicola Sawyer | July 26, 2012, 11:50 am
    • Glad you got to enjoy some Champagne on your birthday. Many happy returns! Seems like lots of people are enjoying a glass or two of Pierre and that’s alright with me. X

      Posted by Champagne Piggy | August 2, 2012, 4:39 pm
  4. I bought 10 bottles of the stuff today to keep for myself. Yes, it’s not the greatest but it ain’t as bad as the article suggests. I’ve drunk the expensive stuff and this compares well. It’s not all about the money, money, money!!

    Posted by Barry Carter | May 7, 2012, 9:27 am
    • Ah Barry – you lucky man! I wish I liked this stuff, because for a tenner a bottle you’re laughing – I’d never buy ‘ordinary’ wine again.

      Of course I agree: It’s not all about the money money money (or the pricetag for that matter), but, in my porkish opinion, there’s far more delicious Champagnes out there for around the same price.

      Lots of love – the Champagne Piggy x

      Posted by Champagne Piggy | May 7, 2012, 12:13 pm


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