The beginning of Autumn heralds fine things to come: sublime shades of red, orange and brown, delicious seasonal produce and of course, the festive season is in sight! We’ve concocted a sumptuous selection of sparkling wines, from Champagne and further afield, to help you in your celebrations. Discover our 200 favourite bottles.
Autumn truly is a wonderful season, with its warm shades which help us to forget the cold to come. It brings good news: this is, for instance, the season of scallops, oysters and fish roe. Then there’s the coming festive season, with its Christmas and New Year celebrations. These are moments made for sharing, for taking the time to sit around the table and share fine food and wine. Sparkling wines are absolutely ideal for these special, festive occasions, and what’s more, they pair perfectly with the foods mentioned above; let us present you with iDealwine’s 200 favourite bottles of fizz.
It would be impossible to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve without the merest suggestion of Champagne. You will no doubt be very tempted by our selection of bottles from the most prestigious champagne houses, such as Louis Roederer and his cult cuvée, Cristal (1990, 1999, 2004, 2005), the cuvée Belle Epoque 1986 from Perrier Jouët, Comtes de Champagne 1990 or 2005 from Taittinger, and R.D. 2004 from Bollinger. You will also find some of the most sought-after, rare houses such as Deutz, Pol Roger, Drappier, Philipponnat or Larmandier-Bernier. There are also champagnes from quintessential grower-producers, represented by Jacques Selosse, Agrapart & Fils, Egly-Ouriet, Françoise Bedel et Fils, Francis Boulard, Olivier Horiot, Chartogne-Taillet, Bérêche et Fils, Laherte Frères, Savart, De Sousa and many others. You will have noticed that this is one of the best selections possible, concocted with care; these truly are the iDealwine team’s favourites. We are also very pleased to present you with a new partner domain: the champagnes from Pouillon, located in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Aÿ, and stretching up the Côte des Blancs. With this selection of champagnes, from vibrant and delicate, to more vinous and structured wines, you will absolutely find the right bottle for the occasion. A tip for beginners: in general, you can tell how vinous a champagne will be based on its proportion of Pinot (noir or meunier). The more there is, the more chance the champagne has of being vinous. In contrast, ‘Blanc de Blancs’ and Chardonnay-dominated champagnes will present less structure – there are, however, exceptions to this rule.
For those who would like something original, we also have a selection of excellent sparkling wines from further afield. The sparkling wines from Alain Voge (Saint-Péray) are an absolute must-have, produced from 100% biodynamic Marsanne, or, in the Loire, try the Montlouis from François Chidaine or La Taille aux Loups and the Vouvrays from Huet or Vincent Carême. In Savoy, we highly recommend the cuvée Ayse – Les Perles du Mont Blanc from Belluard or the cuvée Don Giachino from the same domain. Lastly, in Muscadet, taste Jo Landron’s Atmosphères, produced from the varieties Folle blanche and Pinot noir.