Having barely survived Lindt's last foray into the world of liqueur chocolates (see Lindt Christmas Punch), I was mildly cautious at trying these 'Marc de Champagne Truffel' (aka Champagne Truffles), which again were provided to me by those kind folk at Dean-German-Grocery.
I received these truffles in a rather nice looking pack of 2 that weighed in at surprising 50.0g. Once again it was high marks for Lindt in their presentation, it was again simply superb. The outer packaging gave the product a real premium look, which was not to be let down by the truffles themselves which also were not only stunningly presented in golden foil wrappers, but also were brilliantly crafted in hollow heart shapes that had particularly lavish looking truffle centres. This brilliant presentation combined with the delicious milky smell that emanated from the truffles meant that all early signs were looking good - time to dig in.
The outer part of the truffle was formed of a thickish layer of milk chocolate. The smooth, friendly milky flavours reminded of the Lindt Excellence Milk Extra Creamy and provided a luxurious initial taste to the truffle. Contained within the milk chocolate shell was the simply divine champagne truffle filling. Again I must stress to you I am no alcoholic connoisseur, however I really enjoyed the flavours of the truffle centre. The taste was largely dominated by the slight tartness of the champagne which constituted 8% of the filling. The slightly tangy flavour of the champagne was wonderfully incorporated in a sugary fondant type creme. The texture was smooth yet at the same time almost had a slight fizz to it ... you would have to taste it to really ascertain what I am getting at here. Though the milk chocolate flavours were a little short in their longevity, the champagne truffle centre left a longing set of tangy, sweet flavours.
Overall as far as truffles go, these are up there with the best of them. They were presented beautifully and combined a delicious taste with some delightful textures. I am not a big champagne drinker, but I thought the flavouring of the truffle centre was spot-on, and the milk chocolate played the perfect host. I have no problem whole heartidly recommending these for gifting this Christmas - absolutely fantastic truffles, that even look the part as well ... maybe Lindt can produce good liqueur chocolates after all!
8.8 out of 10