Triple Review: Veuve Monsigny Brut NV vs Moutard Grande Cuvee Brut NV vs Aubert et Fils Brut NV

While Champagne is typically an expensive drink – the average going price being ~$60 for a regular bottle – there are genuine offerings at the “low” end of the market, which starts at around $25.

In this instance, the big 3 Supermarkets all have thrown their hat in the ring; Aldi with their Veuve Monsigny, Coles with Moutard and Woolworths with Aubert et Fils.

With the significant appeal of being genuine champagne at a palatable price – are any of the three worthy of your festive ice bucket this December?

Veuve Monsigny Brut NV

Champagne Veuve Monsigny is a champagne brand of supermarket stalwart Aldi, and is the first Marque d’acheteur wine tasted here at Champagne Tipplers.

Aldi owns the brand label – as it does much of its liquor line – and the manufacture of Monsigny is provided by Charles Mignon of Epernay, who in themselves are reasonably well renown.

Currently, Monsigny represents the best value champagne in Australia at $20 per bottle. At times, Aldi also offers varietals of Monsigny such as a Rosé and Premier Cru blends.

Aldi flaunts that Monsigny has won a number of awards – particularly in blind tasting conditions.

Due to the scale of the production, many vagaries exist about regional sourcing.

Lets slide this one down the gullet and see where its stacks up…

Champagne Veuve Monsigny
Champagne Veuve Monsigny

Details:

From: Epernay, Champagne, France

Code: MA-3149-20-00431

Cost & Source: ~$20 a bottle available from Aldi

Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (60/20/20) with N/A g/l dosage.

Aging: Unknown

Disgorged: N/A

Sipped: November 2017

In the Glass:

Look: Mid golden hue with plenty of medium sized bubbles.

Smell: Of the cheap trio – Monsigny has the most pronounced yeasty nose, indicating a reasonable time doing its second fermentation – meaning it should have a more robust flavour.

Taste: As predicted, the depth of Monsigny’s flavour is very surprising. It has a nice little bit of honeyed notes brought on by aging, and these carry through to zesty citrus with fairly good acid balance.

A nice level of dryness is also present.

This is all based on a caveat of a tight drinking window however, as Monsigny quickly drops off a cliff as it gathers temperature. It’s first introduction is easily its best part – but the finish; particular toward the end of a glass – is notably bruised and… not so great.

Recommendations:

Party Potential: At $20 a bottle – Monsigny is hand down the cheapest way to put real champagne in the ice bowl. However – don’t let it go on its own. Make it cold, and make sure salty food is on hand to cut it back and maximise its effectiveness. I wouldn’t BYO unless it’s super informal.

As a Gift: You aren’t doing anyone any favours buying this as a gift… Although I have seen it done before.

At Home: This is where Monsigny is in its element. An ideal quick consumer for a night in with the significant other over a few oysters to kick off the weekend.

Do not buy and store. Most certainly a drink-now wine.

Score & Verdict:

4.00/10

Cheap thrills under an alias. On the whole, a little bit of inexpensive fun. You’ll run into them several times – enjoying them at the greeting but loathing them by nights end.

At $20 I feel it is decent value for the quality.

Moutard Brut Grande Cuvee NV

Up next is Coles’ bargain bin offering: Moutard.

Unlike Aldi’s offering, Moutard is a family run Negociant Manipulant house based in Buxeuil, Champagne. They are a bit of a jack-of-all-trades house, with wines and spirits also forming part of the family business. They have 21 hectares of champagne varietal grapes.

The Grande Cuvee is built from 100% pinot noir and aged for 3 years – which is heady to contemplate given the price tag and the cost of storage…

Not overly well known, one can assume that the house was happy to sell its fares to Coles at a generous price to gain some traction in the champagne world. This places it in a unique place in comparison to its other $25 or less rivals who are more-or-less blended on consignment for their respective supermarkets.

Let’s pop the cork off and give it a try…

Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee
Champagne Moutard Grande Cuvee

Details:

From: Buxeuil, Champagne, France

Code: NM-180-004

Cost & Source: ~$25 a bottle available from Liquorland

Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (100/0/0) with N/A g/l dosage.

Aging: 3 years

Disgorged: N/A

Sipped: November 2017

In the Glass:

Look: Soft golden hue with plenty of large sized bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, with no yeast traces. Citric.

Taste: Moutard Grande Cuvee lands on the tastebuds with a slighty sweet, citric dominant flavour.

It is very dry, with no honeyed notes coming through. Its acid balance is a little strong – it leaves a bit of a searing on the middle of the tongue, and the finish can turn slightly vinegary but not overly unpleasant.

This is a true tray service corporate offering – inoffensive and drinkable. Not too shabby with oysters.

Recommendations:

Party Potential: As mentioned above, at $25 a bottle – Moutard is such a reasonable drink that is neither here nor there – and best suited for tray service parties and competition with local sparklings. Good canapes will maximise it’s charm. I wouldn’t BYO unless it’s super informal.

As a Gift: You aren’t going to buy this as a gift to impress anyone…

At Home: Similar to Monsigny, Moutard is a good starter to the weekend at home. Put out a nice seafood soup – and it might do you even better.

Score & Verdict:

4.75/10

About as normal and obtainable as one gets. Not gonna set your world on fire, but not gonna make you feel like you’ve wasted your time.

At $25 I feel it is reasonable value for the quality.

Aubert et Fils Brut NV

Last cab off the rank in the cheap champers challenge is Woolworths offering: Aubert et Fils Brut NV.

Made by the “House of Champagne” (the same group that makes Pol Gessner) in Epernay, Aubert is another example of a Negociant label made for supermarkets – without actually being a Marque d’acheteur wine.

Unlike the Monsigny and Moutard, the muselet cap (bottle topper) for Aubert is a generic “C”, and the rest of the bottle detail is understatedly generic in execution.

In a similar vein to Aldi’s offering, there is also a Rosé varietal to be had too.

So while Aubert is easily the most generic of the trio, it remains to be seen if it offers the best bang for buck flavour wise.

Champagne Aubert et Fils Brut NV
Champagne Aubert et Fils

Details:

From: Epernay, Champagne, France

Code: NM-285-020

Cost & Source: ~$25 a bottle available from Dan Murphy’s

Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (Unknown) with N/A g/l dosage.

Aging: Unknown

Disgorged: N/A

Sipped: November 2017

In the Glass:

Look: Soft golden hue with plenty of large sized bubbles.

Smell: Youthful fruit nose with no yeast traces.

Taste: I will go on record and say that I most certainly do need to try this one again – just to be sure. I am unsure of the quality of the bottle I had on this occasion – something is suspect.

The opening citric flavour is overpowered right down the middle of the tongue by an overly bitey bitterness. This lends itself to a harsh finish.

The wine itself is most certainly dry – but 3 out of 4 tasters found it a little to difficult to drink – with one saying it’s for Ibis’ – as it tastes like it came from the bottom of a bin…

Recommendations:

Party Potential: Aubert is much too generic to even think about using for parties. Save some face and look to the others – or go for an Aussie sparkler. Don’t BYO to anywhere.

As a Gift: Only if you really don’t like the person.

At Home: Aside from upside-down in the laundry sink – there are few places I can recommend this Champers for now.

Score & Verdict:

3.50/10

From the moment you meet and exchange greetings, they upset you with their harsh nature and will leave a bad taste in your mouth. Don’t suffer through it.

At $25 I feel it is bad value for the quality.

 

How did I drink them?

Relaxed dinner date with close friends.

How did you drink them?

And how did you find it? Let me know!

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