Ten best sparkling wines, champagnes and proseccos
Forget Christmas and Year, summer time may be the finest season to consume sparkling wine. Ideas gather the very best choices from France, England, Italia and beyond for the sipping pleasure.
1. Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Brut ‘Sous Bois’ Champagne, 12%: £60, Berry Bros & Rudd
This champagne is vinified entirely in oak, the original approach to the champenois, and that is that that provides its wonderful complexity and richness. This can be a serious champagne having a flavour that takes in brioche and vanilla, or even a little bit of toffee.
2. Ruinart Champagne Brut, 12%: £39.95, 31DOVER
Founded by Nicolas Ruinart in 1729, Ruinart may be the earliest house to create just champagne, also it keeps the bulbous bottle form of that point even today. It’s chardonnay-heavy having a certain dryness which makes it excellent with fish or light meat.
3. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvee Rosé, 12%: £44.24, Ocado
This rosé from famous house Laurent Perrier is known for both its salmon pink colour – caused by the maceration technique used – and wealthy, redcurrant nose. It’s deeply complex and fresh around the palate, and appropriately revered.
4. Nyetimber 2009 Blanc de Blancs, 12%: £43, Harvey Nichols
Nyetimber was the first one to make British sparkling wine in the ‘champagne grapes’ – chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier – twenty five years ago. This wines are a blanc de blancs, 100 percent chardonnay (using grapes from the own wineries) and shows all of the skill acquired in individuals two and half decades. It evolves from mildly citrus to some pastry richness along with touch of minerality. ‘Best in Class’ in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Titles 2015.
5. Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec Champagne, 12%: £41.99, Ocado
Demi-sec was initially created for that Russian Court within the 1800s. The Tsarists loved their wines sweet, and also the extra sugar added during dosage continues to be apparent today within this wine. Produced from a mix of 50 wines, it’s wealthy in brioche candied fruits.
6. Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne, 12.5%: £39.99, Amazon
This medium-bodied wine, from Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne house, is fruity, youthful and full of zing. It is an elegant drink with equal parts pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay, and we love it.
7. Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne, 11%: £47.50, Fortnum & Mason
When you first taste this it seems to surge over your taste buds in a citrus flood, but then it changes – becoming a little more peachy, which is then succeeded by hints of brioche. It is satisfying and fulsome and a delightful straw colour, the result of reserve wines which are added.
8. Follador Prosecco DOCG Torri di Credazzo, 11.5%: £14.99, Waitrose Cellar
This medium-bodied Prosecco hails from a single vineyard in the Veneto called Torri di Credazzo and is particularly fine with pasta or shellfish. It is light, and with floral notes and touches of apple and peach. An easy-drinker.
9. Graham Beck ‘The Rhona’ Brut, 12%: £15, Marks & Spencer
Lime, crème brûlée, brioche – this 100 per cent chardonnay sparkler from South Africa is a riot of flavours. It is partially vinified in oak by winemaker Pieter Ferreira, so is unusually rich in character, especially given its relatively modest price tag.
10. Cremant du Jura, 12%: £7.49, Aldi
This 2012 sparkling wine from Aldi is yet another success story for the discount retailer, having now won more medals than Matthew Pinsent. From Jura in France, it is citrus-rich and zingy, with touches of apple, and a pleasing acidity.
Top of the pops is Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Brut ‘Sous Bois’ Champagne, an elegant champagne made in an elegant fashion by a superb house – we love it. If you are throwing a party and want some inexpensive but reliable sparkling wine, head to Aldi for a case of Cremant du Jura.