Tuesday 16 October 2018

20 Christmas bubbles

 

Simmonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut
Simmonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

Entertaining starts long before Christmas, so now's the perfect time to break out our pick of the top proseccos and bubbles…

San Vitalia

Frizzante Prosecco, 11pc, €10 from Centra

This easy-drinking, lightly sparkling Frizzante from Centra's Wines We Love range has a 'soft mousse' (is not overly fizzy), crisp apple flavour and touch of lemon sherbet on the finish. Serve well-chilled with canapés.

Exquisite Collection

Crémant du Jura Brut,

12pc, €11.99 from Aldi

If you're not a fan of Prosecco, this great-value bubbly from the Jura region of France is made from 100pc Chardonnay in the traditional bottle-fermented style. Deliciously refreshing with a crisp wash of green apples and persistent bubbles.

Bosco del Conte Prosecco

Frizzante 10.5pc, €8.99 on offer in select Eurospar and Spar stores until December 27

A bargain buy for Prosecco lovers, this moderately sparkling Frizzante is well worth stocking up on; a crowd pleaser at a price that allows you to keep pouring. It's soft with notes of peach and a refreshing lick of lemon.

Tesco Finest Valdobbiadene

DOCG, 11.5pc, €17.99 from Tesco

A crisp and lively apéritif for Prosecco lovers, this is made in the fully sparkling Spumante style so has a generous stream of bubbles with a refreshing wash of white peaches and ripe, juicy pears.

Mionetto Vivo NV

10.5pc, €14.95 (reduced from €17.95) from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie

For something slightly different, this Italian sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and is fuller in flavour than a Prosecco. With a hint of flowers on the nose, it is packed with ripe flavours of pear, white peach and apple.

Valdo Marca Oro

Prosecco Superiore Jubilee Edition, 11.5pc, €24 from Grapevine, Dalkey; Shiels Londis, Malahide; The Ice Box, Balbriggan; The Malt House, Trim; McCambridge's, Galway; The Food Store, Claremorris In a striking bottle, this quality Prosecco from the steep slopes of the Valdobbiadene offers crisp apple softened by honey.

Jaume Serra Cava Rosado Brut

11.5pc, €14.99 from select Eurospar, Spar, Mace and Londis stores until December 27

From a winery that dates back to 1647, on the hills near Barcelona, this vibrant sparkling rosé is make from Pinot Noir and Trepat grapes, bringing expressive flavours of raspberries with a crisp touch of cherry and strawberry.

Perlage Prosecco Spumante Brut Zharpí DOC Treviso

11.5pc, €24.95 from Mortons of Galway; Bradleys, Cork; Searsons, Dublin, and online at searsons.com

A beautifully made organic Prosecco, which is suitable for vegans. This has full flavours of apple and apricot balanced with refreshing acidity.

Saint-Hilaire

Blanquette de Limoux, 12pc, €24.95 from The Corkscrew, Dublin; JJ O'Driscolls, Ballinlough, and Karwig Wines, Carrigaline, Co Cork; Next Door, Ennis, and Myles Creek, Kilkee, Co Clare, and thewinehouse.ie

From the oldest sparkling wine-producing region in the world, this has aromatic flavours of peach, pear and green apple and is balanced with a creamy texture.

Valhondo Cava Brut

11.5pc, €14.95, reduced from €17.95, from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie

A crisp, clean Cava with zesty flavours of ripe lemon, lime and fresh green apple. Great as a refreshing apéritif and its good acidity will pair nicely with cassis to make a kir royale.

Simmonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

12pc, €24.96 from Redmonds of Ranelagh, The Vintry, Jus de Vine, Drinkstore, Kelly's, Goose Off-Licence and Martins, all Dublin; The Wine Well, Dunboyne, and The Malt House, Trim; 1601 Off-Licence, Kinsale, and the Wine Centre, Kilkenny Made in Chablis from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using the traditional Méthode Champenoise, this a quality glass of bubbles.

Louis Bouillot

Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Grande Réserve Perle de Vigne, 12pc, €25 from Donnybrook Fair, Higgins Off-Licence and Martins, all Dublin Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, this sparkling wine, made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, has a dominant citrus character with hints of apple and pear.

Schramsberg

Blanc de Blancs, 12.7pc, €40 from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie

A top-quality sparkling wine from California, made from 100pc Chardonnay, with a beautiful complexity of flavours: green apple, apricot, and white peach wrapped up in a creamy, toasty texture.

L'Extra par Langlois Crémant de Loire,

12.5pc, €17.95, reduced from €19.95from O'Briens and obrienswine.ie

Maison Bollinger are the owners of this prestigious Loire house. Made using the traditional method from a blend of hand-picked Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, this has generous citrus and green apple flavours with a toasty brioche character.

Carles Andreu Cava Brut

11.5pc, €23.45 from Wines Direct at Arnotts and winesdirect.ie

A distinctly superior Cava, which is also vegan-friendly, its characteristic flavours of green apple sit on top of toasty notes of baked apple developed from a minimum of 18 months spent in the cellar.

Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Triple Zéro

Crémant de Loire, 12.5pc, €35.60 from Wines Direct at Arnotts and winesdirect.ie

Made by respected winemaker Jacky Blot from 50-year-old Chenin Blanc vines, this is a natural, unfiltered, gently sparkling wine. Taut and complex with layers of soft citrus, pear and baked apple flavours, this elegant expression of the varietal and style is perfect for wine lovers.

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