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Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut Yellow Label

Bubbly’s take

In our very humble opinion, Veuve Clicquot is one of the ultimate Champagne houses. We believe the Yellow Label represents an exceptional cru (perhaps surpassed only by Veuve Clicquot’s vintage blends). Given this is such a celebrated and quintessential Champagne, little wonder it has its very own annual garden festival. While Veuve Clicquot is sometimes characterised as a more intimate Champagne, many times we have had the pleasure of enjoying the Yellow Label with friends and families. We have an especially fond memory of enjoying this special Champagne at a well-regarded Scottish restaurant in Edinburgh.

Would go well with

Good news, anything to celebrate or something to enjoy. As anticipated, the Yellow Label has a delicately-refined flavour, produced from a blend of crus, which should not be stifled nor overwhelmed by competing flavours. That said, we believe this Champagne may be still appropriately paired with lighter and more wholesome dishes (perhaps a souflé, prawn cocktail or salmon-based starter).

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The Drink Shop

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Lanson Rose Label Brut Rosé

Bubbly’s take: Both in its box and glass, this Rosé Champagne looks great. On the palate, this Brut conjures a subtle berry bouquet with all the punch of a fine Champagne. While the Rosé style is occasionally shunned in favour of traditional Champagne, we feel Lanson have blended an excellent wine that reconciles a broad variety of distinctive crus. It makes for a sophisticated and delightful drink, bound to impress more discerning guests and lovers of quality Champagne.

Would go well with: We think this is a great wine to have with afternoon tea, whether you’re going somewhere special for it or doing your own. Its fruity undercurrent means this Champagne is also a fitting choice for cakes, tarts and bakes, or even just strawberries and cream. It’s a lovely, sunny Brut that will brighten your day come rain or shine.

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La Delfina Prosecco (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This Prosecco offers good value in return for a reasonably dry and well-defined flavour. It comes out of the bottle with a very pale complexion, almost as bright as a midsummer’s moon. This wine has a lilting but not overwhelming taste that is reminiscent of citrus fruits.

Would go well with: Pizza! We even enjoyed this Prosecco on our home-made pizza night:

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Col de L’Utia Prosecco Superiore Organic (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This vibrant Prosecco has a dazzling and zesty profile. It’s neither too dry nor too fruity hence we think this is perfect for bringing balance to more varied dishes. Incidentally, we enjoyed this with a lovely homemade dinner of honeycomb courgette cannelloni, a fennel and pesto tart served with a Caesar salad:

Would go well with: Mediterranean recipes, particularly vegetable-based French or Italian courses. This Prosecco seems to do well at reconciling lots of different dishes so it would be well-paired with a tapas- or meze-based meal.

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Champagne Nicolas de Montbar

Bubbly’s take: We were quite taken by this crisp Champagne. It has a dry, sparkling and “no nonsense” flavour, being exactly what one would expect from a Champagne. This is a reliable and straightforward wine that should please Champagne lovers and occasional drinkers alike. In common with the Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, this wine also offers exceptional value.

Would go well with: A party? With a pleasing price and a wholesome taste, we feel this Brut would be a good staple for a larger gathering of friends or family, where a reliable and affordable supply of Champagne is needed.

Where to buy: Aldi

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Camel Valley Reserve Brut (United Kingdom)

Bubbly’s take: Never have we ever had a Cornish sparkling wine. Our impression has been that the English sparkling wine industry is predominant in the home counties, with even The New York Times taking note of certain distinguished Surrey- and Sussex-based names. In contrast, Camel Valley are an increasingly-celebrated, family-managed winery based in a picturesque part of Cornwall and testament to the growing prominence of British wine producers. This particular wine is quite intriguing, bringing a dry and buzzing flavour to the palate. Interestingly, however, we found this Brut possessed a softer fragrance, lacking the abrasive bouquet that is typical of drier sparklings. If you are keen to sample an English wine at the frontier of the national industry, then we certainly think Camel Valley is worth a try.

Would go well with: Fish (paying homage to this Brut’s Cornish heritage!) or a creamy dessert.

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Borgo dei Sassi Prosecco (Italy)

Bubbly’s take: This is a fairly dry Prosecco though it is still very flavourful and fragrant, with modest notes of pear and lemon. Unlike Champagne and other sparklings, Prosecco is produced through the aptly-named metodo italiano (the Italian method or “Charmat Method”) that involves the wine being fermented and carbonated in closed tanks, rather than in-bottle. We think the Borgo dei Sassi Prosecco represents a refreshing reproduction of this esteemed sparkling wine.

Would go well with: A pizza. However, when thoroughly chilled, we think this wine would make an excellent apéritif. Definitely one to share with friends, a loved one or even just Netflix, if you’re having a solo night.

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