Sparkling sextet – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Prosecco

A rather diverse sextet of sparkling wines that I’ve just tried from various parts of France and northern Italy…

Blason de Bourgogne Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé NV (£9.99 Waitrose)
Slightly bitter edge, but then opens up to show ripe raspberry and cherry. Not complex but a nice drink. B-

Réserve de Sours Sparkling Rosé NV, Bordeaux, France (£10.98 Private Cellar)
Sl confected, rather sweet and simple strawberry fruit, OK, but a bit young and raw. C

Bisol Desiderio Jeio Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut NV, Veneto, Italy (£9.15 Bibendum)
Fresh, frothy, almost sherbet-like, soft peachy fruit, attractive but very simple style. B-

Bisol Crede Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut 2008, Veneto, Italy (£14.57 Bibendum)
Less frothy but more grip and minerally character here, one of those wines that creeps up on you, an almost volcanic minerally note. B+

Champagne Moutard Champ Persin Côte des Bar Chardonnay NV (£25.99 Woods Wines, Ashbourne Wines, Sommelier Cru)
Quite toasty, a lemony edge that’s almost like Semillon (!), quite ripe and plush, not fine but honest, balanced and tasty. B+

Champagne Moutard Vignes Beugneux Côte des Bar Pinot Noir NV (£25.99 R Campbell & Sons, Hanslope Wines, Woods Wines, Kevin O’Rourke Wines)
A smoky edge here, ripe, even spicy fruit with a creamy/yeasty richness, very ‘wine-y’ Champagne, rich but dry, with an almost briney tang to the finish. S-

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