Charles Mignon ChampagneThis past New Year’s Eve, for the first time in probably 10 years, I stayed home.  No, don’t get it twisted, I didn’t stay home to lament about 2012 and then energetically plan 2013; I stayed home because I was ill.

Now, I don’t know about you, but as my mother would say, “my dance card was full” that night.  I had a multitude of dinners and parties that I could have attended and to know this, but be too ill to release that blue, shimmering dress I have hung up in my closet was, well, defeating.  Sigh. Nonetheless that night, once I came to terms with my New Year’s Eve faith and tried to make the best of it, with Netflix and ice cream, I spun around and realized that I had picked up a bottle of champagne, a week prior, in anticipation for my planned outings. Bonus. Knowing that I had a bottle of Charles Mignon Premier Cru Grand Réserve Brut Champagne, chilling in the fridge, made the night tons more palatable.

At midnight, and by my ailing lonesome, I popped the cork on Mignon’s champagne, and by the time movie number five (!) was finished, at 6:00 AM, I had depleted the – entire – bottle- – – -.  And with that, here are my thoughts on Charles Mignon Premier Cru Grand Réserve Brut Champagne, a sparkling comprised of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.

Once poured into my champagne flute, the bubbles started to run rampant, with vertical dancing lines dribbled throughout the wines golden, wheat hue.  A good sign!  On the palate, I immediately sensed how well the acidity and fruit tastes mingled together. My palate picked up tastes of apple, honey and lemon, with a creamed long finish.  In the end, I was glad that I had a chance to sit, observe and enjoy this champagne and realized I wouldn’t have had the chance to reflect on the bubbles in my glass, had I brought the bottle to a New Year’s Eve shindig.

Charles Mignon Premier Cru Grand Réserve Brut Champagne has landed a place on my repeat buy list!

This champagne retails at the LCBO for $47.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.75 out of 5.