I love sparkling wine.There’s nothing quite like a bottle (or two) of bubbles, especially during the festive season. I also love getting a bit of champagne on a beer budget. I’ve previously written this list of my favourite sparkling wines under $10/$15/$20. Which included Aldi’s Elemes Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Nior NV for a mere $8.
Aldi have recently introduced a few more sparkling wines to their range! Yay! And Aldi’s slogan for their booze is “Don’t knock it till you try it” – so I decided to try a few!
*Please note I’m not a wine expert. I just like wine. So these are just my personal and uncultured opinions. Though apparently it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert at anything and I have to admit I’m definitely working on clocking up those hours of drinking sparkling wine.
Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne NV – $19.99
The Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne NV (Non vintage, it took me far too long to work out that’s what NV stands for) just had a price drop from $24.99 to $19.99 which brought it into a price point that I was willing to have a go at it…and it is a beautiful champagne. It’s everything I want from a champagne. It’s dry, and creamy. With well balanced fruit flavours with that little bit of a bready/toasty thing going that I just love about champagne.
I very much enjoyed it. Though it could still have been more. It is still an inexpensive champagne. It had hints of what I love about a really good champagne, but it was almost a tease. I wanted more of those elements.
So I’m definitely now also keen to try the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Premier Cru ($24.99) to see if it gets me exactly what I want from a champagne. Though I’ll be honest that price point is a “special occasion” wine, so I might just have to grab a bottle for Christmas day. And I shall report back.
Grande Reserve Vallee Des Secrets Cuvee Brut Exceptionelle – $14.99
I’ve been thinking for a while that Aldi was missing a sparkling wine in that $15ish a bottle price point. Which is about where I’m at for a casual weekend bottle of wine. So this was the wine I was most looking forward to trying out.
While I really enjoyed the citrus and hints of fruit flavours in this wine and it has a little bit of complexity, it wasn’t that exciting.
It didn’t have a great smell ( do love a bit of a sniff while I’m drinking. It’s all part of the experience.) And it does have a little bit too much of an “alcohol” taste in the middle.
Don’t get me wrong, it was still an enjoyable wine. But it just met my expectations. It didn’t knock it out of the park.
Felix & Lucien Blanc de Blancs Brut – $12.99
The Felix & Lucien Blanc de Blancs Brut was very straight forward sparkling wine. It was crisp, dry, and quite a clean finish. Which is exactly what I look for in a “cheaper” wine. Not very complex in flavour, but it goes down easily – to be honest maybe a little too easily. It’s not fussy. It’s a very relaxed wine at a very relaxed price point. So I feel like it’s ideal for a cheeky mid-week glass of wine, or to have at the end of a night after you’ve run out of better wine.
So while it didn’t have a lot going on, I also have no complaints. I will definitely buy it again at that price point. Just to have over the Christmas period if we need some “spare” wine.
Cuvee Deor Prosecco “The Gold Collection” – $12.99
Just to be upfront, I don’t normally love Prosecco. I don’t hate it, and if it’s what’s on hand I’ll drink a Prosecco over a non-sparkling white and definitely prefer it to a red. But I do strongly prefer champagne, or champagne style (ie Methode Traditionelle). Prosecco is typically more fruity and slightly sweeter than champagne. And sweet and fruity is not to my personal taste.
So taking that into account I did still enjoy Aldi Cuvee Deor Prosecco. It was dry enough for me, it was crisp, light and fruity. I’d say it was a pleasantly refreshing summery wine.
Also, the bottle is super pretty. I’m keeping the bottle. I’ve peeled off the labels and using it as a candle holder. So even though I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again for myself, I’d maybe get it if I had a friend coming over who I knew loves Prosecco. So I could seem like a super accommodating host and also so I could get more of these gorgeous gold bottles.