Champagnes & proseccos


Billecart-Salmon NV Brut

Everyone has a favourite Champagne and this is mine. I love its delicate, persistent mousse and fresh, elegant style with its subtle hint of spring hedgerows and freshly-baked brioche. This is definitely coming along to my desert island (£46.60 a bottle).


Roederer Estate Quartet

I first tasted this stylish California sparkler on a visit to the Carneros in 1998 and loved its elegant style. (Not surprisingly, as it’s owned by the legendary Louis Roederer Champagne house). It comes from four vineyards in the cool Anderson Valley north of San Francisco, hence the name ‘Quartet’, and makes an impressive, yet attractively-priced Champagne substitute – far better value than any cheap Champagne at £25.05 a bottle. They also produce a stunning Rosé (£300.30;£25.05 a bottle).


Jeio Prosecco Brut Bisol

The Prosecco grape grows exclusively in the Valdobbiadene region of Italy’s Veneto, where the Bisol family owns some of the best-situated vineyards in the area. They have set out to maximise the potential of this variety, through low yields and scrupulous winemaking. The result is high quality, even in their basic Jeio, which is extremely agreeable on its own or mixed with fresh white peach juice for the ultimate Bellini (£11.65 a bottle). It’s also ideal for large parties, particularly served from magnums (£139.50 per case of 6; £23.25 each).


Crede Prosecco Brut Bisol

This is the Rolls-Royce of Proseccos, with lovely apple and pear aromas and crispness combined with creaminess on the palate. It’s a great year-round aperitif, just the thing for festive occasions – but serve it on its own and use the less expensive Jeio for the Buck’s fizz and Bellinis (£16.65 a bottle). For an added touch of elegance, Crede is also available in magnums (£199.50 per case of six; £33.25 each).

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