by Simona Piccinelli, Italy specialist
Is there any better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than with bubbly? We certainly don’t think so!
So here is our selection of our favorite sparkling wines of the year- the perfect match for every mood, enjoy:
Speaking of sparkling wines, champagne is of course the king of bubbles and apart from well known maisons, like Krug, Bollinger, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot, etc, we particularly love:
Champagne Tarlant – La Vigne d’Antan
This Champagne comes from ungrafted vines, just as they were before phylloxera, thanks to a unique terroir. 100% Chardonnay, improved on the yeasts for over 6 years, it is a great wine, elegant and aromatic. It has rich minerality, hints of apples and acacia flowers and suggestions of hazelnuts and almonds.
Champagne Larmandier Bernier – Premier Cru Nature Terre de Vertus
Single cru Champagne, 100% Chardonnay, vintage 2006, pas dosé (no sugar added). Few facts for this awesome Champagne except that it is delicate, fresh, with notes of flowers and chalkiness.
Champagne Mailly – Blanc de Noirs
This Champagne is made of Pinot Noir only. It is complex, very elegant, with long finish.
Leaving France to the side for a minute, we also have some very good recommendations for you for Italian and Spanish bubbly:
Franciacorta region: Mosnel – Parosè 2004
A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay for this unusual wine, pas dosè (no sugar added) and rosè, as the name suggests. It has pale onion-skin colour, aromas of wild berry and fresh spices, long-lasting finish. More on the Mosnel wine estate here.
Franciacorta region: Bellavista – Riserva Vittorio Moretti 2002
Mr Vittorio Moretti, the founder and owner of Bellavista winery, labelled this wine with his own name, to guarantee that it is the best of his production. Outstanding blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has character and personality.
The nose is elegant and concentrated, with aromas of peach, honey and white fruit. Fresh, mineral and intense.
Campania region: Feudi di San Gregorio – Dubl
A joint venture with the Champagne maestro Selosse gave life to these unusual sparkling wines from Irpinia – Campania, made with local grapes such as Greco, Falanghina and Aglianico. More on Feudi.
Penedès wine region: Cava Agusti Torello – Kripta Gran Reserva 2003
A real masterpiece, made with 45% Macabeo, 23% Xarel-lo and 32% Parellada. It ages 4 years and it is complex, structured, with hints of ripe fruit and light toasted notes.
Cava Segura Viudas – Brut Vintage Cava
Aged in bottle for 3 years, it is made only in exceptional vintages.