The mousse is persistent and creamy; the perlage is extremely fine. It has a straw yellow colour with faint golden highlights and reveals an intense, attractive and complex bouquet, remeniscent of peach blossom, honey and hazelnuts. A very feminine, gentle and graceful wine. It is soft and delicate, and elegantly refined.
Deep ruby red in colour with an aromatic nose, strongly reminiscent of fresh strawberries. The palate is richly soft, generously fruity and delightfully refreshing, offering ripe, concentrated red berry fruits such as cranberries, raspberries and strawberries, a fine, persistent mousse and a soft finish. Low acidity and very little tannin combine to create a deliciously fruit driven, thirst quenching wine.
Delicate rose with an intense fruit bouquet of strawberries and raspberries with a lively, round palate.
In 1850, Cleto Chiarli moved from the countryside to the town of Modena, together with his wife Lucia and their four children: Adalgisa, Oreste, Anselmo and Aristide. In 1860 he decided to dedicate himself to the making of Lambrusco. This proved to be a momentous turning point which would indicate the direction for future generations and which would bring about nothing short of a revolution in the selling of Lambrusco. The Company flourished and was able to reach an impressive production of one million bottles in 1910.
The wine undergoes a light maceration followed by a slow (or Pris de Mousse) fermentation in closed tanks. Lambrusco di Sorbara is an elegant wine which is pale and rosé-like and tends to be dry and lively.
Deep rosé in colour, with clear fragrances of strawberry and brushwood. This wine's taste is fresh, pervasive, mineral, and at the same time velvety and surprisingly pleasant. Dynamic.
Formerly owned by the Lombardini family (proprietors of La Giustiniana in Gavi), Contero is now owned by the Marenco family, who are Moscato and Brachetto specialists in Strevi. This 11 hectare estate remains one of the best producers of invigoratingly delicious Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui. The ripest and best Moscato grapes are used for Moscato d'Asti rather than Asti.
The Contero vineyards are situated in a perfect amphitheatre in the commune of Strevi, the heart of one of the best zones for Brachetto in Piemonte. The vines are superbly tended and produce fruit of stunning quality. They are located on steep hills with tufaceous-marl soils which contain layers of fertile clay. The vines are Guyot trained and plated at a density of 4,800 vines per hectare. Grapes are hand-harvested into wooden boxes and the average yield is five tonnes per hectare.
The grapes were pressed gently and the must fermented on the skins at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine was drawn from the vat at an alcohol content of 5.5% and bottled under pressure for a light sparkle.
Light cherry red in colour. The rich, persistent mousse accompanies bright aromas of roses and violets. The slightly sweet, aromatic palate has a typical bittersweet note on the finish.
Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Sparkling Wine (alternatives) (see blue link below).
Schloss Vaux stand for uncompromising hand craftsmanship of sparkling wines made solely in the méthode traditionnelle (bottle fermentation).
The utmost care is taken to ensure top quality, from the grapes to the labels. Schloss VAUX accepts only first-class, specially prepared base wines for its individual sparkling creations. Their estate in Geisenheim and decades of personal contact with the winegrowers are crucial elements for ensuring unwavering consistency.
This sparkling blend is crafted for the contemporary connoisseur from a blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Their "marriage" of the rich creamy finesse of the Pinot varietals with Riesling's bright and refreshing acidity produces a perpetually stunning taste sensation. This wine is fruity and rounded with attractive citrus fruit, grapey richness and a hint of melon.
Stéphane Aladame is one of the stars of the younger generation of French producers. Whereas many young winemakers inherit their estate, Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18. He completed his studies in Beaune before renting vineyards in Montagny, in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and often at considerably better prices. Stéphane is also a bit of an anomaly in Montagny, as the village is dominated by cooperatives (at around 75%), with only 18 independent producers. Stéphane now cultivates eight hectares, with seven hectares situated in Montagny Premier Cru.
The vineyards are farmed organically and are harvested by hand. Stéphane vinifies the grapes in a small cellar under his house, while his wife Julie takes care of the administrative side of the domaine. The soils in Montagny are calcareous, as in Chablis, which gives a similar streak of steeliness to the wines.
Never has the phrase 'all's well that ends well' rung so true as in the case of the 2014 Burgundy vintage. Devastating hailstorms in June were followed by a cold and rainy August, where temperatures struggled to reach 20°C. These conditions meant that the threat of rot, under-ripe grapes and another low-yielding vintage hung over the growers. Just as all hope was fading, September was bathed in sunshine and rescued the 2014 vintage from the brink of disaster.
The grapes from a single vintage are picked by hand in open boxes and gently pressed immediately after, using a pneumatic press. The first fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is then bottled and put into their cellar and spends 15 to 18 months on lees. The 3g/L residual sugar results in an Extra Brut which is particularly crisp, yet balanced.
Aromas of white fruits with notes of acacia. On the palate, the Cremant is supple, attractive and dominated by peach flavours. It is fresh and crisp with good minerality and a long finish.
Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has persisted through two more generations, with Gino, Franco and Mauro entering the business in 1969, and Bruno’s grandchildren, Matteo, Camilla and Marcello, following suit in 2005. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.
The first and only Blanc de Noirs ever produced by Cantine Ferrari, the Ferrari Perlé Nero is a vintage wine made exclusively from Pinot Nero grapes, carefully selected in the finest vineyards belonging to the Lunelli family on the slopes of the high hills of Trentino. It is the result of forty years of research on this delicate and unpredictable grape variety, both in the vineyard and in the winery.
The Perlé Nero is really surprising, because it is extraordinarily different from the Company’s other wines and is proud to be unique whilst remaining perfectly in line with Ferrari’s house style: it represents an innovation within a tradition of men and sparkling wines that are faithful to a particular style, yet constantly seek new directions. After at least 6 years’ maturation in the bottle, this is a Trentodoc whose complex sensations range from fruity to mineral, and even include toast-like notes.
The Ferrari Perlé Nero is bright yellow in colour, with golden highlights. Its aromatic profile is composed of bewitching scents of candied citrus fruits (predominantly oranges) and acacia honey, as well as sensations of caramelized sugar and peanut butter, all enriched with mineral tones that make it unique and distinctive. The palate displays aristocratic fruity, citrus-like elements that are perfectly balanced with each other, enhanced by suggestions of almond nougat. A finish of rare persistence: crisp and very, very long.