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4 Champagne de Saint Gall Orpale 2004

The least expensive fizz in this line-up, the Orpale fizz from Champage de Saint Gall celebrates the expression of extremely fine Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs village of Avize, where this producer is headquartered.

The Saint Gall name is in fact the brand from Union Champagne, a grower-cooperative with a strong reputation for crafting fine, fresh, good-value fizz.

And this top expression from the producer confirms such repute, and comes complete with a lovely combination of flavours from pineapple and lemon to toast and honey – a real find for lovers of blanc de blancs Champagnes.

Approximate retail price: £60

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