I am quietly in the process of emptying my cellar as it is pretty pointless having bottles of this and that. But for the record, proper champagne should not look anemic but rather should be of a dark blond colour and the taste! Well, soft and fruity but a little bit dry plus the bubbles should wake up the back of the throat. Et voila! This bottle was a gift from a friend who is a recipient of a Legion d'Honneur no less- she knows her olive oil from her balsamic vinegar. Please note the delicious hue....Excuse the lipstick marks- that is moi.