Review: De Saint Gall Brut Tradition NV

Champagne De Saint Gall is a champagne brand from the Union Champagne cooperative founded in Avize, Champagne in 1966.

Union Champagne is made up of some 13 smaller cooperative bodies, and as a whole is comprised from 2150 individual members who own some 1260 hectares of vineyards strategically placed all over the region – a fair amount of weight in numbers!

The speciality of the label is Chardonnay driven wines – and De St Gall showcases this with numerous blanc de blanc varietals – including their premium cuvée “Orpale”, and high percentage chardonnay blends in their other base wines, such as the Brut Tradition sampled here; so the expectation is for a dryer, tart style of champagne.

Typically priced at $45 per bottle, it is placed suitably well against the likes of G.H. Mumm and Lanson, but is able to dive much lower when on sale – in this instance a mere $35 a bottle.

I am also trying a different approach to tasting this time; with a group of workmates splitting a bottle 6 ways to get a wider impression.

Champagne De Saint Gall Brut Tradition NV
Champagne De Saint Gall Brut Tradition NV

Details:

From: Avize, Champagne, France

Code: CM-803-004

Cost & Source: ~$45 a bottle available from First Choice

Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (30/70/0) with N/A g/l dosage.

Aging: 2-3 years

Disgorged: N/A

Sipped: June 2018

In the Glass:

Look: Pale gold with not much bubbling going on

Smell: Mostly fruit with some wet dough. Standout smells are citrus, crisp green apple and fresh berries.

Taste: Arrives slightly yeasty at first but quickly dominated with a very zesty flavour. Very citric; lemon and grapefruit like with a touch of sour green apple.

It has decent acid balance; not overpowering or searing; and the flavour sits on the tongue for a while after your downed it.

Very obviously chardy led; as it is very dry and crisp – but easily drinkable.

I reckon it would do very well with oysters to exploit the finish.

Recommendations:

Party Potential: Not a bad opener with the right canapes (Oysters, salmon, salty chicken) – especially if you buy when on sale. I would BYO to quiet night in.

As a Gift: It’ll do okay as an informal gift; sadly the branding doesn’t have much character.

At Home: For the price, it spices up a fancy little stay at home dinner quite well if you can match it 🙂

Score & Verdict:

5.25/10

At $45 I feel it is decent value for the quality.

How did I drink it?

Friday night drinks with workmates

How did you drink it?

And how did you find it? Let me know!

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