Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Montigny-sous-Châtillon, Champagne
🇫🇷 Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 70 % Chardonnay, 15 % Pinot Meunier, 15 % Pinot Noir
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2005
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 6,5 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 42,00 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 16 Jan 2020
Charlier & Fils is member of Trésors de Champagne. Champagne has to be made according to stringent quality standards of Club Trésor.
Special vintages are offered in Spécial Club bottles.
Grapes for vintage 2005 are harvested by hand with grapes 50 year old vines. I wonder a little why there is no disgorgement date on the bottle. Anyway 2005 was a fine vintage year for bubbles.
A Spécial Club Champagne requires 36 months maturation. Charlier & Fils, Spécial Club Millésime 2005 aged more than four times longer than required by the Club rules.
In Reims is the Special Club Boutique where I bought the bottle. It was recommended by the staff. Tasting was not possible.
Clear light straw colour. Very gassy Champagne with fast big bubbles. That doesn’t look about right what is going on in the glass. The drink looses the mousseux too quickly.
Weird. Typical champagne flavours are missing. Light vinegar smell.
Oxidation went too far. Strong vinegar notes. You just can’t drink it. The bottle is way over its prime.
POP or FLOP
FLOP ! That bottle Charlier & Fils, Spécial Club, 2005 was good some years ago but not any longer.
I contacted both the Champagne house and the Spécial Club Boutique Reims to find out what went wrong.
I got a banquet of bullsh*t from the Boutique. They didn’t believe me that the Champagne was bad. The Champagne was made according to the strict rules of Club Trésor. Therefore it has to be good. Both praised the unbelievable quality and perfect maturity of the Champagne. Basically they told me I have no idea. I was invited by the manager for a presentation if I’m in Reims again. Does it mean his stuff is not competent enough? I had a presentation already in the shop. It didn’t make the Champagne better.
Why should I lie? I drink quite an amount of sparkling wine. I know the difference between oxidation notes in Champagne and vinegar. Scout’s honor. What’s wrong to work constructively with customer feedback. You might need customer in the bad times. Don’t give them the feeling they are an offence.
It takes quite some arrogance to have the opinion: We are #1 why shall we try harder? Charlier & Fils didn’t even comment at all.
I’m not a returning customer. Thanks for reminding me why I’m not impressed with Champagne.
It’s a very bad day in the office. Veuve Clicquot, brut, 2008 didn’t pen out as expected neither.
I never ignore rule #1 for buying Champagne again. Taste before you buy !!!
I wanted the Champagne myth to be true. I deserve a fine bottle of Champagne today. Result so for: Nothing drinkable.
Pertois-Moriset, Millésime 2008, Grand Cru is another recommendation from the Boutique Trésors. Not tasted. Maybe Pertois-Moriset can do better Champagne than his colleagues. All good things come in threes.