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LaCheteau Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV, France (£14.99 Ocado) Young vibrant, style, with lots of rich creamy red fruit flavour and yeasty bite, can’t fault it for depth of flavour, but it’s not the most subtle of sparklers… B(-) Champagne Gremillet Rosé Brut NV, France (£24.99 WineTrust100) This is […]

Two Sparkling French Rosés from the Loire and Champagne



Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France (£47-£58 Selfridges, Spirited Wines, Wholefoods, The Whisky Exchange) Lovely wine, juicy red fruit flavours of cherry, cranberry and raspberry, with hints of blackcurrant and green apple in there too, and while it’s brisk and fresh, there’s also some toasty maturity, and great […]

Champagne Bruno Paillard Rosé Première Cuvée NV, France



Miguel Torres Cordillera Pinot Noir Brut* 2013, Curicó, Chile (£13.49 Taurus Wines, Telford Wines Limited, Polygon Wine, Dronfield Wine World) Yes, it’s a bit of a crowd-pleaser this, but while the rounded, vanilla-tinged strawberry flavours are very much in evidence, and the rich toasty element isn’t shy in coming forward, […]

Miguel Torres Cordillera Pinot Noir Brut 2013, Curicó, Chile


Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut 2013, France (£11.99 Ocado) Curious but not unattractive mix of lush, sherbetty strawberry character with more bracing, pithy citrus acidity. Perhaps too sharp to drink by itself, but wouldn’t mind it with some seafood. B Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve NV, France (£26.99 widely available) Manages […]

Sparkling French wines from Bordeaux & Champagne


Goring Brut NV, Sussex, England (£31.45 Corking Wines) I love the gentle, ripe lime, apple and even raspberry flavours in this perky young wine. It’s crisp but never scrawny, and alongside the toasty notes, there’s a light hedgerow character to remind you of its origins. Good now but feels like […]

Assorted Sparklers from England & Italy