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A Petit Guide To Sparkling Wine

We know buying wine online can have its difficulties, so we've made a shortlist of our favourite Sparkling wines, and what we love about each of them. Which ones appeal to your taste buds is entirely up to you...


By Christabel Brain
2017/12/12, 12:31 PM

1. Crémant de Limoux Grande Cuvée 2010


This is a true wine discovery. This Cremant differs from Champagne in 2 ways: 1. It's made in a different region, hence doesn't have the 'AOP Champagne' acclamation, and 2. The price is much lower . That's where the differences end. It's made in the the same way as Champagne, with the same finesse, feel of luxury and taste as a Champagne twice it's price tag. It's a must try.

Appellation:
AOP Crémant de Limoux
Grapes:
Chardonnay, chenin, mauzac.
Delicious with:
Sushi, tuna tartare

2. 100% Pinot noir


This is the type of Champagne that'll see you through not only the aperitif and starter, but through the whole meal. It has a wonderful texture, full of small, soft bubbles. The fine bubbles make the sensation less of a sparkling wine, and more of a creamy sensation in the mouth. As the name suggests, it's made 100% from pinot noir grapes!

Appellation:
AOP Champagne
Grapes:
Pinot noir
Delicious with:
Goats cheese, smoked salmon



3. Sparkling de Jau 2016


An exclusive sparkling wine for Le Petit Ballon customers! You can proudly have this at your dinner party in the knowledge that no one will have tried it before (unless they too are Le Petit Ballon-ers!). it's fruity, floral and honeyed palate gives it a slightly sweet taste. Made at a vineyard where we have a long standing relationship and have produced many exclusive wines, Chateau Jau is located in the Languedoc region of France. A surprisingly playful sparkling wine - have fun with it!

Appellation:
Vin de France
Grapes:
Muscat
Delicious with:
Apple pie, fresh goats cheese with honey



4. Champagne Pascal Lejeune - Cuvée de Réserve Premier Cru


When you cross some of the best terrain and grapes that France has to offer, with a family estate that has been making Champagne for over 200 years, there are high expectations for the final product. This Champagne certainly doesn't disappoint. There's a purity and complexity to this wine that can only be gleaned from experience. This Champagne looks fantastic in the glass: so bright and fresh with the most vibrant gold colour.

Appellation:
AOP Champagne
Grapes:
Chardonnay, Pinot meunier
Delicious with:
Oysters, crab and avocado



5. Champagne CL de La Chapelle - Audace


We couldn't leave out perhaps the most classic of Champagnes, made from 3 of the most famous grapes in the region. This Champagne is a collaboration of 5 different winemakers, who came together to make this masterpiece. The delicate bubbles have the texture of a mousse, whilst the flavours are fresh with a floral and slightly sweet finish. This is one to take to a dinner party at a friends house!

Appellation:
AOP Champagne
Grapes:
Chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier
Delicious with:
Shellfish, scallops



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