Champagne de l'Auche Brut NV, France (bottle price £30)
Grapes for this cuvée are grown in the lieu-dit of "Auche" around the village of Janvry which lies just to the west of Reims. Aromatic notes of juicy pear and apricot on the nose along with mature aromas of hazelnut and fresh bread. The texture is creamy and full bodied with plenty of bubbles!
A highly versatile style of champagne which could accompany canapés, starters, cheese and all manner of chicken dishes. Although, simply sipping it as an aperitif works very well too.