YOUR FESTIVE BUBBLY SORTED
27 Nov 2016 By David Fuhrmann-Lim
You’re just about to start stocking up on champagne, cava or prosecco for your year end soirees. So whether it’s for Christmas or New Year, we’ve got a few solid suggestions (this is based on research – we tried them all!)
Champagne is so beloved that it has inspired many tributes and quotes (“Come quick, I am tasting the stars!”), and you can’t really have a party without it (well… maybe, but why would you?!). There are also a bewildering amount of choices, vintages (more of that later) and brands, so where do you start? We did provide a helpful list last year, but the following are updated because we’ve had a pretty good bubbly season (we’re including cava, prosecco and sparkling here). And because you deserve the best.
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoch Edition Automme 2005
Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps was so mesmerized by the beauty of autumn that he decided to create a special seasonal cuvée in tribute to the colours of fall with the Belle Epoque Edition Automne 2005. Bringing together a unique blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, this is a marriage of allure, voluptuousness and vitality that conveys all the elements of this season. This ephemeral cuvée is unique to the Perrier-Jouët brand, the only known champagne house to create bespoke cuvées inspired by the seasons and nature.
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Cava Agustí Torelló Mata Kripta Gran Reserva 2008, $127
The flagship Kripta Gran Reserva Brut Nature displays a splendid, already complex bouquet of mineral, baking spices, brioche, spring flowers, and green apple. Crisp, dry, vibrant, and full-flavored, it may evolve for a few years but there is no reason to delay gratification. It compares favorably with many of the top vintage Champagnes.
More info and buy from ewineasia here.
This independent producer (now owned by the House of Bollinger) has a proud history, it held the British Royal Warrant for a few years, and was the first house to create dry champagne back in 1865. It now sells 750,000 bottles a year of premium champagne, most notably the Blanc de Blancs, the Rosé Majeur and the Perle D’Ayala, a small quantity cuvee using only Grand Cru grapes.
Every bottle of Ayala Champagne has a disgorgement date on it (written as récemment dégorgé or RD, means the time it is bottled and goes through its second stage of development) and for non-vintage bubbly, you should ideally drink it two-three years after RD. Vintage champagne can of course be kept for ages.
We featured this earlier this year, and it’s still one of our favourites. For all you #Kruglovers out there, the house’s champagnes inspire emotions, storytelling and pairings like no other.
Some impressive facts from this family-owned vineyard:
They’re still independent. Carol Duval-Leroy has been running the business since the death of her husband Jean-Charles in 1991. The three sons manage the business as well, overseeing 200 hectares they own (each hectare is worth 1.5m Euros), and the other 60% of grapes from other suppliers.
The family produces 5 million bottles a year, and in 1999 celebrated their 150th anniversary. That commemorative Cuvee 150th 1999 bottle is a particularly robust and rich vintage if you can find it.
Mdm Duval-Leroy’s wine maker is also another high-achieving women – Sandrine Logette-Jardin. They bring a distinct feminine touch to the business,and together they create champagnes that are elegant, fresh and exacting. They were also the first house to produce organic champagnes.
Their champagne is known for its minerality and complexity, which makes it perfect for food pairings. In fact, Duvel-Leroy is the gastronomic champagne of choice, featuring in over 250 Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide.
Fleur de Champagne Brut Premier Cru S$98 (currently of offer at S$74*). Brut Nature 2002 $138. Brut Blanc de Blancs 2006 S$108. Cuvee 150th 1999 S$150.00 (very limited). Femme de Champagne 2000 : S$248. Order from Le Vigne
Howard Park Jete Sparkling Wines
The Margaret River, family-owned winery just celebrated their 30th anniversary, and they’re punching above their weight for sure. The Jete range showcases award-winning sparkling wines, especially the Grand Jete (2009 was a “Sparkling Wine of the Year” in 2015). The range includes a Brut Blanc, a Rosé, but the Grand Jete stands out for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend – done Methodé Traditionelle and is fermented in older French oak.
Available at Enoteca Wine Shop, 1855 The Bottle Shop, Four Seasons Gourmet Market, Crystal Wine Shop and Salt Bar & Grill.
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