Beginning in Italy with Prosecco. Or not… Rivolto Zanotto Vino Bianco Spumante Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy (£10 Vino Beano) Fresh, satisfying fizz, not massively complex but scores for its dry caramel and green apple flavours, dangerously moreish… B+   And another Italian I didn’t film… Il Serraglio Saliceto Buzzalino […]

Sparkling Wine Round-Up

(late update – found another Chardonnay in need of exposure, see at the end…) Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé 2015, Burgundy, France (~£25 Hailsham Cellars, Warlingham Wines, Saxty’s, North and South Wines, FL Dickins, Chester Beer and Wine, Fine Wine Sellers, Exel Wines,, Amazon) Gentle, generous style of wine, the warmth […]

Chardonnays from Burgundy & the Languedoc (plus a late addition…)

Seven Springs Unoaked Chardonnay 2014, Overberg, South Africa (~£12 contact North South Wines) There’s a slightly bitter pithy edge and a lemony character here that reminds me as much of Semillon as Chardonnay. It’s still fresh and juicy, but it’s too rich to fall into the ‘pure’ camp and too […]

Chardonnays from South Africa & New Zealand

Not yer average bottles, so are these not yer average wines…? Freixenet Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy (£12 Ocado) Gentle, friendly style with a toffee-like edge to the ripe green apple and pumice-stone flavours, not massively complex, but slips down easily. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve “Floral Sleeve” NV, France […]

Can you, should you judge a wine by its cover?

Not much more expensive than the regular Canard-Duchêne, and a major step up in quality Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France (£37.99 Champagne One, Champagnes and Chateaux) Fresh, elegant style, dainty on its feet, with notes of fresh and crystallised pineapple and a hint of orange peel set […]

Champagne Canard-Duchêne Parcelle 181 Extra Brut NV, France