With the holiday season approaching, it’s time to start thinking about sparkling wines. (Yes, bubbly is delicious and appropriate year-round, but the vast majority of sales take place in November and December.) Here are three to get you into celebration mode, at different price points to suit your party needs. and budget.
Belle Jardin Blancs de Blancs Brut
Here’s a simple sparkler that’s great for the holiday season. Made from Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc grapes, it’s lightly floral with a hint of pastry dough flavor. It’s perfect for the savory snacks we tend to serve up at parties and is budget-friendly too. Alcohol by volume: 11.5 percent. Bottle weight: 555 grams (Light for sparkling).
Carlos Serres Método Tradicional Brut 2019
Wow, here’s a revelation! Sparkling wine has been produced in Rioja for over a century, usually referred to as cava instead of the regional name. Carlos Serres owner Rafa Vivanco convinced the Rioja wine council to approve slightly stricter standards than cava for the bubbles to be labeled as rioja, and with this Brut 2019 he powerfully demonstrates that the region can produce amazing fizzies. It is a blend of viura, chardonnay and tempranillo blanco, aged on the lees for at least 15 months. The label also tells us when the wine has been disgorged, information that sparkling wine producers should include. Aromas of white flowers and wild herbs lead to flavors of ripe orchard fruit and a hint of kumquat. Crisp acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively. ABV: 12%. BW: 935 grams (sparkling).
Champagne Albert Lebrun Grand Cru Brut
The Côte des Blancs in Champagne gives a magnificent expression to Chardonnay. This delicious example tastes like aging on lees and in bottle which gave it a fuller mouthfeel and richer texture. Classic Champagne flavors of brioche, slightly overripe apples and toasted walnuts round out the palate. Like a long conversation that takes you down different paths, there’s something new in every sip. ABV: 12%. BW: 835 grams (sparkling).
Prices are approximate. For availability, check Wine.com, Wine-searcher.com and the websites of wineries, importers or distributors.