Typically, when we’re reviewing a bottle of sparkling wine we pick up at Trader Joe’s, it is a Prosecco, a Cava, or some generic Californian sparkling wine. Rarely do we get an actual true champagne. Today, luckily for us, is the exception to that rule. Trader Joe’s does stock a fair number of bottle of champagne, Charles de Marques Brut Champagne being one of them.
Charles de Marques Brut Champagne is made from just Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes and is a dry, yeasty champagne. It has just a touch of apple flavor and a little more acidity at the end than I would prefer. This is a confusing champagne and elicited a variety of opinions from those that tasted it.
Some people really liked the Charles de Marques Brut Champagne, but enough people hava a different take which forced us to put this one under further consideration. At the end of the day, the main issue is price. If I’m going to spend $20 on a sparkling wine at Trader Joe’s, I want it to be something everyone will enjoy. Given that this did not get us there, I would recommend instead picking a $7 Prosecco as a safer choice.