Ok, it may not be Champagne but at a third of the price and a good chunk of the finesse and character you can't go wrong. Aimery Grand Cuvee 1531 is a Cremant de Limoux from down in the Languedoc region and is made up of Chardonnay, Mauzac, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Noir. It's a bright, fresh and dry style with enough yeasty complexity from 18 months ageing on lees to keep everybody happy.
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (NV)
"This is delightful and charming, and very enjoyable. Elegant and delicately expressed on the nose; notes of stone fruit, citrus, floral and brioche lead to a finely textured palate that brings vibrant flavours and silky texture. Beautifully styled and balanced."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (NV)
"This characterful, bottle-fermented fizz is a blend of chardonnay, mauzac (a traditional grape of south-west France) and chenin blanc. Lively, it is medium-bodied (12.5% alc/vol), with citrusy, slightly toasty flavours that show good intensity and complexity, and a crisp, dry, sustained finish."
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front (NV)
"I enjoyed this wine a fair bit more than the price would suggest. The appeal? It's just so dry and refreshing. You could easily call it crisp. It tastes of warm red apples and yeast, citrus blossom and citrus juice. Lovely dry finish. Price is great. Extra points for style integrity. Perfect as a pre-dinner tipple."