CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING WINES FOR THE SEASON
Sparkling wine, with its indigenous names such as Prosseco from Italy, Cava from Spain & Espumante from Portugal, & Sekt from Germany, is a perfect option to pair with food & also brighten one's evening. With a recent surge of young, refreshing, approachable & reasonably priced wines in the Indian market, it is no wonder that people opt for sparkling wines as their wine of choice.
Notably different from its parent, Champagne, in style - sparkling wines are the new world, less expensive and alternative option to the effervescent drink. But if your budget permits I would recommend you to indulge a bit and spend on a good quality Champagne.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right." is said to have been famously documented by American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Champagne the queen of wines is synonymous to celebration and romance, therefore fitting the season of Love & Valentine's day. The number one rule of Champagne is that only wine made from the region can be referred to as Champagne. This means that it is against the law for any sparkling wine to use the title of Champagne.
The importance of Champagne being grown in a particular region in France, is largely due to the terrior which is a unique blend of natural factors that are associated with the climate at the vineyard. In the case of Champagne, this accounts for the cold climate of the northern region of France accented by its lime-rich chalk soil. These two influences help in building the acidity in the wine that results in its crisp freshness on the palate.
A little know fact of Champagne is that it is made out of 3 grape varietals & two of which are red, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier & lastly the one white varietal, the classic Chardonnay. The most enticing part of Champagne or sparkling wine is its natural ability to pair with various foods, including spice. This versatility on the palate makes it the preferred aperitif for most, as well as an appropriate choice to celebrate any joyous occasion.
The recommended wines and tasting notes.
1. Drappier, Carte D’or, Brut, France.
Tasting notes : Lively, fresh and in total harmony. This is a delicate wine with flavours of fresh fruit and honey.
2. Agrapart & fils, extra brut, France.
Tasting Notes: An elegant premium Champagne with a uniquely balanced palate and invigorating freshness.
3. Laurent perrier, brut, France.
Tasting Notes : Aromas of peach, flower and nuttiness of almonds, on the palate a soft delicate finish.
1. Gramona III lustros gran reserva brut nature cava, catalonia, spain.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of peach, flower and nuttiness of almonds, on the palate a soft delicate finish.
2. Ca'del bosco, franciacorta, brut, italy.
Tasting notes: A bouquet of pear & white flowers, with a refreshing & cleansing lime palate