What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?

3. Nicolas Feuillatte

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Nicolas Feuillatte sells 10.8 million bottles annually

Label: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
Blend (approx.):
 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay
Reserve wine (%): 25-29
Lees ageing (months): 35-38
Dosage (g/l): 9-9.9
MLF: Full
Price (RRP, UK): £25
Size (approx. annual sales, 2015): 10.8 million bottles
Cellar master: David Hénault
Director of winemaking: Guillaume Roffiaen

France’s best-selling Champagne, and the third largest label in the world, Nicolas Feuillatte is a 10-million bottle Brut NV with ambition. Made by the Champagne region’s largest cooperative, the brand has access to a massive area of vineyards, allowing it to blend grapes to a consistent style from across much of the appellation.

With a retail selling price of around £25, Nicolas Feuillatte’s Brut Reserve offers the Champagne lover plenty of fizz for the money. Quite fruity in style, the blend has flavours of apple and pineapple, along with a gently bready note and a dry fresh, chalky finish.

Champagne Masters 2017 medal: Bronze

 

11 Responses to “What do the world’s best-selling Champagnes taste like?”

  1. Tim Ambler says:

    What champagnes were tasted other than the five reported?

  2. Great review of champagnes – but what glass was used for the tasting: the flute that was recently scorned by one house, the old fashioned saucer, or another whose name we should be told?

  3. Christine says:

    Which Champagne will you be featuring in part 2?

  4. Patrick Schmitt says:

    We use Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic white wine glasses.

  5. This trend of the consumer has occurred in Spain and in particular in the largest consumer and production region, Catalonia.
    At the moment the cavas / wines sparkling brut nature are the greater part of the offer

    Content of sugar:

    BRUT NATURE Hasta 3 g/l y sin adición de azúcar
    EXTRA BRUT Hasta 6 g/l
    BRUT Hasta 12 g/l
    EXTRA SECO Entre 12 y 17 g/l
    SECO Entre 17 y 32 g/l
    SEMI SECO Entre 32 y 50 g/l
    DULCE Más de 50 g/l

    Wines Inform Assessors, Barcelona

  6. Patrick Schmitt says:

    The top 10 are now featured in this list, with the extra five best-sellers being Canard-Duchêne, Lanson, Piper-Hiedsieck, Pommery and Taittinger.

  7. Chris says:

    Quantity and quality rarely make good bedfellows.

  8. Johan Tan says:

    I’m surprised that they didn’t include Louis Roederer in this list. But i guess they only picked the brands with more than 4 million bottles sold in 2015…

  9. Chris says:

    Yeah it’s an interesting list. Must have a price point feature or bottle caps. I would put in a big shout for Charles hiedsick,

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