With the price of Grower Champagne going through the roof, there's no better time to enjoy incredibly well made, Traditional Method Sparkling that won't break the bank.
NV Rolet Cremant Jura, France
Domaine Rolet is a famous producer based in Arbois. Established in 1942, the domaine has risen in prominence in the region and has acquired prime old vine vineyards in the appellations of Arbois and Côtes du Jura. This sparkling is dry, fruity, light and gourmet. Fruit forward with aromas of white fruits, and subtle flowers notes, the palate is soft and elegant with beautiful bubbles and charming aromas of citrus fruits and a finish on a brioche flavour.
NV Azimut Brut Nature Cava Penedes, Spain
The wines of Azimut are the bohemian Catalonian you met while backpacking through the south of Spain—rustic, characterful and intriguing. They have a keen focus on sustainability and exercise this not only through their farming and cellar practices, but even in their supply chain, choosing, for example, to source their bottles from a manufacturer less than 100km from the bodega. Cava Brut Nature is brilliant; apples, chalk, fine bead, slight creamy finish. A great alternative to prosecco.
NV Lucie Thieblemont Cremant, Burgundy, France
Lucie Thiéblemont moved to Chablis to join her partner Charly at the family domaine, Domaine Paul Nicolle. With experience in Champagne, Lucie purchased a very old plot of Pinot Noir north of Chablis. The climate of Chablis is more akin to that of Champagne than the rest of Burgundy. This is a truly special wine that we would choose over many Champagnes. Huge red fruit energy that jumps out of the glass. Raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry, fennel and mountain herbs. The palate is alive and focused with beautifully defined red fruits. This is seriously fine, exciting fizz.