Real Champagne under $20. Starting off our reviews of Sam's Club wines with a bang, the Member's Mark Charles Montaine Champagne Brut.
Sample submitted for review. The Member's Mark Charles Montaine Champagne Brut is available exclusively at Sam's Club for $19.98. Imported by World Spirits, LTD.
After many requests, today we begin some reviews of the Sam's Club private label Maker's Mark wines. You can look forward to many more in 2020 but with New Year's Eve right around the corner we wanted to make sure we started with what is sure to be a popular one - Champagne under $20.
With elegant aromas of apple and pear, Member's Mark Champagne pairs with fruit, soft cheese and seafood.
The non-vintage Member's Mark Champagne begins with a pleasing and bit yeasty aroma of citrus and pear. Tasting reveals tons of fine bubbles, good acidity and lots of crisp fruit similar to the nose. That fruit turns a bit tart on the lingering finish. This would be a great one to pair with all those New Year's Eve appetizers and chips.
There's really not much more to say about this one. While we don't necessarily feel Champagne is a great value as far as sparkling wines goes, there are certainly special occasions where it is fun to have the actual Champagne name on the bottle. If that's what you're looking for this is a pretty nice example at about half the price you'd normally have to spend.
The only other Champagne we've recommended that has also broken under the $20 barrier is the Costco Kirkland Signature Champagne. That review also has a ton of information on how Champagne is made and the differences and similarities with other sparkling wines.