One of the 3 champagne houses originating from the famous Heidsieck family, Heidsieck & Co Monopole was founded in 1785 by Henri Louis Walbaum and Auguste Heidsieck.
Based out of Reims, the house is today owned by the Vranken Pommery group.
Although the house’s lineage is based off the famed Piper-Heidsieck establishment, Monopole & Co has done much to carve their own rich history and mark its own place in the industry.
After a family spat in 1834 led to the break-up of the family house into separate entities, Monopole fast established custom with many notable royal houses, such as the courts of Sweden and Russia. Indeed, its relationship with both nations led to the famous finding of some 3000 bottles of its champagne in the shipwreck of the Jönköping – which was lost en route from Sweden to St Petersburg.
Speaking of shipwrecks, Monopole also happened to be the house champagne aboard the first-class section of the Titanic.
Its popularity – at least in Australia – has “sunk” from its hey day of the early 1900’s in comparison to the great big houses, and finding a bottle of Monopole can be a challenge.
Today we try its entry level NV blue top.
At around $45 a bottle it represents some great value in the face of the more mainstream houses. Lets pop this open and give it a tipple.
Blend Ratio: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier: (70/20/10)
Sipped: Late November 2017
In The Glass:
Look: Blue Top has a soft golden hue with a strong medium sized set of bubbles.
Smell: Blue Top carries a fruity aroma with a small yeast note, vague citrus, and notes of raisins and sherbert.
Taste: Monopole Blue Top kicks in with a sweet and defined intro with toasted honey goodness. This is develops into a balanced hit of old fruits (without being appalling) which is nice with its caramelised tones. It has vibrant red apple combined with flavour the reminds you of creme caramel. It has a nice creamy texture.
A nice drop – a little weak in the depth of flavour. Maybe a little too sweet for pure Brut fans.
All of this gives way to a slightly vinegar finish right in the middle of the tongue, which is palatable and not overly detracting.
Party Potential: Monopole Blue Top is not too shabby to acquire by the case online – at around $45 per bottle its sits just shy of Mumm value and will save you around $15 per bottle on Moet. I think most of your guests will enjoy it. As a BYO, its a nice little bring along to something that’s not overly fancy pants.
As a Gift: A little on the obscure side in terms of availability, but given the houses unique history a cheap gift bottle wouldn’t go astray (if you can procure one) – how often can you say you drunk the champagne from the Titanic?
At Home: Use for a small gathering of good friends to open a cruisy afternoon.
Score & Verdict:
Don’t let its chaotic family life fool you, this is some nice company to have around and they really hit their element in intimate settings. You won’t mind hanging out frequently.
At $45 I feel it is good value for the quality
How did I drink it?:
A small informal splash one evening with my friends.
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