163 N.V Lunetta Prosecco Spumante £9.95
Lunetta Prosecco Spumante is made exclusively from Prosecco grapes cultivated in the Veneto region, in the hills north of Treviso, between the river Piave and the Prealps. The Prosecco grape flourishes in the fresh, loose hill soils in this area and the average yield is 90 hl/ha. The grapes are harvested by hand in mid September . A deliciously light and fruity Prosecco with hints of apple and peach on the nose and a fresh, softly sparkling palate. Serve chilled as an aperitif or celebration wine. Also goes well with Italian panettone
161 N.v Mas Macia Cava Brut , Spain £9.95
Mas Macia is produced with the three classic grape varieties: Macabeo, Xarel lo and Parellada, using the traditional Cava method. The finished Cava has very small, fine, persistent bubbles, which are a result of the low temperatures in the wine cellar where fermentation takes place and appropriate levels of carbonic acid during the secondary fermentation. The wine is matured for 24 months before bottling to enhance the complex, fruity aromas. A fresh and nicely creamy Cava with delicate, complex flavours of apples and stone fruits and some nutty, yeasty notes from time on the lees. Good acidity and a clean, pure finish. Excellent on its own as an occasion wine or try with salted almonds and other tapas.
164 N.V Rose Royale, Pinot Noir, Veneto, Italy £10.50 Magnum £22.95
Vivacious Italian pink sparkler. A delicate pale pink colour. Subtle and persitent bubbles. Rich toasty aromas of bread, mingle with flower blossom, ripe apples and luscious cherries. Elegant and balanced palate, finishes with good length. Great presentation and fortunately the wine matches. Pale delicate colour with delightful fruit and gentle bubbles. Very stylish and super drinking.
Domenico de Bertiol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Spumante £11.50
Delicate apple and yeasty characters – soft and enjoyable. Made with Prosecco di Valdobbiadene grapes, ( now called Glera) this has a straw colour and small, attractive bubbles. Light, fruity aromas of fresh green apples and pears plus a hint of yeastiness on the nose lead to a creamy, softly sparkling palate with some nutty richness on the finish. An excellent example of the style. Produced using the Charmat method of sparkling wine production with secondary fermentation taking place in tank. (The Champagne/traditional method is not used for Prosecco because the long ageing period would rob the wine of its freshness).
167 2009 Franciacorta Saten £23.95
Same process as Champagne but uses 100% Chardonnay grown in a warmer region than France thus giving better quality grapesThe alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tank at controlled temperature between 16 and 18 °C with selected yeast. 10% of the base wine finishes alcoholic fermentation in used barriques and matures there for 5 months. Tirage is carried out in spring time of the following year. The wine has 36 month of ageing on the lees. Dosage add is 7 grams/litre of sugar. Saten has a lower pressure ( less than 4,5 atmospheres) and this is responsible for its distinctive softness. Beautifully elegant and complex with a delicious creamy texture. An intruiging interplay of peachy fruit, subtle mineral qualities, a buttery brioche character and a hint of almond and honey. Mellow, fine, long and sophisticated. Brilliant
Champagne Lallier Grand Cru Grande Réserve Brut £25.95
An extremely classy and exhilarating glass of wine. A champagne of exhilarating freshness, complexity and finesse, made from approximately two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay, matured in bottle on its lees for 24-36 months. The result is a Champagne with a pale lemon colour, good steady fizz, and a powerful typical ‘bready’ Champagne nose. On the palate it is a big complex wine, quite vinous with lots of mouthfeel followed by a long, dry finish.
Champagne Lallier are a small family concern crafting Pinot Noir blends from their own (and some specially selected other) ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards in Ay – also home to Bollinger but Lallier’s cellars are older, Avize, and Cramant. Classified as 100 out of 100, ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards are the crème de la crème of vineyard sites. Like Bollinger, Lallier’s wines use a high proportion of Pinot Noir in their blends (the Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir), so with Champagne Lallier you get a Pinot Noir dominated blend from Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites – a rarity.
Champagne Lallier Grand Cru Rosé Brut £28.95
A pretty pale pink champagne of exhilarating freshness, elegance and red subtlety, made from principally Pinot Noir and one fifth Chardonnay grapes. Matured in bottle on its lees for 48 months, it captures clean fresh red fruit on the nose, followed by lively fresh fruit flavours on the palate with an appealing softness. Elegant and vey sippable – the perfect Champagne combination. The house of Lallier specialises in producing champagnes by sourcing exclusively from vineyards officially classified Grand Cru and Premier Cru.
NV: “90 Points – Black currant, pastry, almond skin and glazed pear notes are backed by firm acidity and lightly chalky texture, recommending this lightly smoked, full-bodied Champagne to good. Didgorged May 2011. Drink now through 2017”. Wine Spectator. June 2012