To help you get ready to ring in the New Year with good taste that tastes good, the buyers at Astor Wines & Spirits have composed a list of 10 sparkling wines from around the world at a range of prices. These sparklers range from a $17.96 Prosecco to a top-end 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Blancs. Additional suggestions include a sparkling rosé, a Biodynamic selection, and some more non-traditional offerings. Start the New Year out with some delicious bubbly!
Prosecco “Fedéra” Extra Dry, Miotto
One of the greatest Prosecco wines to hit our shelves. This is quite simply a great match for just about any food, be it salty or spicy. There are gorgeous aromatics on this sparkling wine; creamy and floral aromas align with a gossamer texture and a very friendly palate that will be a hit at any gathering.
Lambrusco “Piè Franco,” Zanasi
Pie Franco refers to the ungrafted vines that make this Lambrusco. These are very old vines that result in a wine that’s tannic and concentrated with dark fruits. A sparkling, red wine that errs on the drier side of Lambrusco. Drink with a chill. Get out the charcuterie and you’re set.
Moscato d’Asti, Barale
Grown in the hilltop town of Asti in Piedmont, Italy. This dessert wine is well-recognized as a wine with bubbles that’s sweet but sophisticated at the same time. Drink chilled and enjoy as the Italians do, alongside lightly sweet panettone or as New Yorkers do, alongside brunch.
R.H. Coutier, Brut Rosé Champagne
The Coutier family has been growing grapes in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay since the 1680s. This rosé is made with a tad more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir; the Pinot was still, hence the darker color. The Chardonnay brings a nice “lift” and floral quality to this Champagne that is aged on the cork rather than with a crown cap. This is an ancient practice that is still used by some growers in the region.
Schramsberg, Blanc de Noirs
Bright and lovely, this vivacious bubbly can barely contain the berry and candied citrus aromas that soar up from the glass. The exuberant bouquet is the perfect preparation for the decadent palate impression, oozing stone fruits and subtle notes of vanilla and cream.
Gimonnet, Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru, Brut Champagne
A Blanc de Blancs Champagne, meaning it is made entirely from the Chardonnay grape variety. This is a stylish Champagne that’s both generous and elegant all at once. The aromas are reminiscent of apples and lemon-blossoms. The mineral is distinct and complements the floral, quince aromas. Dry and a perfect before dinner sparkler or a great Champagne to savor with oysters!
L. Aubry Fils, Brut Champagne
In this wine Aubry makes a great case Champagne’s historic varieties, which include little-known Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Fromenteau. These grapes make up just five percent of the classic blend of Pinots Meunier and Noir with Chardonnay. This elegant wine is copper-laden and snappy with mineraled classic depth, light floral honey aromas, and dark notes of crackers, toasted bread, and pepper. Just a delight to drink and perfect for appetizers, sashimi, and ceviche.
Benoit Déhu “Cuvée la Rue des Noyers,” Extra Brut Champagne
Quality sparkling Pinot Meunier from la Vallée de la Marne. Stony minerality and delicious yellow and dried fruits with a foamy, silky texture. Multi-layered complex wine that has a depth and structure to age for many years.
Le Brun Servenay, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Brut Champagne
Aged for nine years on the lees. Vintage Champagne, crafted like this, is a rare treat. Made from old vines of Chardonnay from Grand Cru vines in Avize, Cramant, and Oger. Dense with concentration that only old vines can give. Precise with yellow fruits, floral aromas, and dense yet ripe minerals. The dosage of 5.5 g r.s. balances out this wine very nicely.
Charles Heidsieck, Blanc des Millénaires, Brut Champagne
Only four vintages of this prestige cuvée have ever been made starting with the inaugural 1983 vintage. Made from five different vineyards from Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil, Cramant, and Vertus. Remarkably youthful with a creamy texture and rich, complex finish that will hold up for many more years in the cellar.