As Christmas draws closer, celebrate this festive season in style with these leading Champagnes, and some fizzes are thrown in for good measure. Right in time for the party season, here’s some fizz inspiration for your soirees.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NW
Taittinger is one of the few Champagne houses that is still owned and managed by the family whose name appears on the label. And this one is a treat — an incredibly light Champagne that focuses on elegance and finesse, it’s the perfect fizz to accompany hors d’oeuvre and fish.
Fenwick English Sparkling Rose Wine
A limited release by Fenwick, there are notes of strawberry, raspberry and fresh peach in this English Sparkling rose. As Fenwick days, it’s “fresh, vivacious, celebratory and memorable” – ideal for family get-togethers — and especially for rose lovers.
Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Brut Rose Champagne NV
Generous on the Pinot Noir in the blend, along with an addition of specially selected reserve red wine, the Harvey Nichols Premier Cru Rosé is round, rich and light thanks to the merging of red fruit and floral tastes. Notice raspberry, strawberry and violet flavours along with toasty undertones. The finish? It’s crisp with a cranberry zing.
The ADNAMS Selection Champagne Brut
Packed with citrus notes, this Champagne by Suffolk-based Adnams is made up of 80% of Pinot Meunier (the main variety in the Marne gives maturity and flavour) along with 20% Chardonnay. As a result, there’s a soft elegance, and it’s dangerously quaffable.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee
For those who love an English Sparkler, be sure to check out Nyetimber. The company has been recognised for many ‘firsts’ in the wine industry and was the first producer of English sparkling wine to exclusively grow the three celebrated grape varieties – Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. This award-winning Nyetimber Classic Cuvée is the flagship wine of the Nyetimber Estate and one of the most well-known of all English sparkling wines.
Champagne Philizot Et Fils Champagne Blanc de Noirs
A bottle of champagne that’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this Blanc de Noirs is an elegant and well-structured champagne. Expect fresh, crisp red berries and a lingering finish that stays on the palate.
Deutz Brut Rose Sakura Champagne
Champagne Deutz owns 42 hectares of vineyards, which supply 20% of its grape and the rest are sourced from growers, many of whom have been working with Deutz for generations. Grapes are harvested from the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne, with over 80% of the grapes coming from vineyards that are rated Premier or Grand Cru. There are aromas of wild strawberries, cranberries and raspberries and on the palate, it’s mellow following its three years of ageing on the lees.