This was nineteen bucks at Trader Joe's - an authentic Champagne for under twenty bucks? How could I not buy one?
Vanilla, caramel, and pear on the nose.
Caramel and orange - an odd sounding combination, but since it's not, you know, really orange and caramel, it works. I'd call this more than a bit sweet - certainly more of an extra dry. A tad yeasty, a bit of red apple, and a bit of a tangerine thing. Not bad.
Definite residual sweetness on the finish with some toasty qualities perhaps slathered with some marmalade.
While it's a fairly tasty wine and one of the cheaper Champagnes out there, you can do much better outside of the Champagne region - be it other parts of France, Spain, California, or - yep - Michigan.