While 2005 is not a great vintage in Champagne, in the right hands, as here, it can produce some fine wines. This is beautifully balanced, a contrast between soft fruit and a touch of maturity. It is not a wine for long aging, and will be completely ready in a year.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.