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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > Other European Sparkling Wines

Winner Details

 

Other European Sparkling Wines


2015: Gold 2 Silver 6 Bronze 9 Commended 12
2014: Gold 1 Silver 3 Bronze 6 Commended 9

You might think that crémant would dominate here. But while France’s ‘other’ sparkler rather disappointed, there were some fantastic (and fascinating) medal winners from elsewhere. This is a brilliant place to go looking for ways of adding real character to your fizz selection.

Star performer

Congratulations to Barone Pizzini for making the Gold List for the second year running. Forza il Barone!


From the Tasting Teams


‘Sekt isn’t too expensive, so people are willing to try it just to see what it’s like.’ Laurent Richet MS, Restaurant Sat Bains

‘Our team’s crémants were dire. I wanted to give up living halfway through.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘Crémants are not easy to sell because they are in between sparkling wine and champagne, but they can certainly compete with prosecco on price.’ Yves Desmaris MS, Lutyens

‘I was very impressed with [the Banfi Brachetto]. It was something you could imagine for breakfast! Or, more conventionally with cheese or barbecued meat.’ Eike Bosche, consultant sommelier


Award winners

Found 32 wines

Sparkling: Other European regions

Magpie Estate, The Rude Mechanicals, Suck It and See, Frontignac/Gewurztraminer Frizzante 2014, Barossa Valley, Australia

Gold medal winner

Old vine Frontignac with a hit of Gewurz results in a fascinating wine where the sweetness is balanced by the lime acidity. ‘Light, grapey Muscat aromas with some notes of peach and fragrant rose petal,' said team leader Tom Forrest, with Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens adding: ‘Quite sweet, floral and delicate petal fragrance, with medium length.’

£7.25 Boutinot

Banfi, Rosa Regale, Brachetto d'Acqui 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

What a treat. Drink outside, lightly chilled, or partner with any desserts where dark chocolate is involved. ‘Lush and summery, with soft bubbles and raspberry fruit,’ said consultant Eike Bosche, with team leader Tom Forrest adding: ‘Hints of cherry bubble gum, cherry and raspberry fruit on a fresh palate, with balanced sugar on the finish.’

£11.48 Bibendum

Barone Pizzini, Animante, Franciacorta Brut NV, Lombardy, Italy

Gold medal winner

Elegance and delicacy inspired the judges with this Franciacorta wine. 'Great persistence and strong typicity,' said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, 'Perfect with seafood.' 'Restrained, good balance of minerality and freshness, with juicy green apple flavours and floral undertones,’ said Rebecca Coates of Hakkasan London, with Neil Bruce of Studio Alto adding: ‘Subtle biscuit and zesty fruitiness, dry and crisp, with lemon/lime fruit.’

£13.50 Vintage Roots

Bouvet, Tresor Brut 2010, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

‘Green apple, soft, juicy aromas, with a bit more weight, fruit and elegance on the palate. Bright fruit style, crisp acidity,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS, with an impressed Neil Bruce of Studio Alto adding: ‘Elegant, with a hint of residual sugar, but crisp, bright and lovely.’

£11.04 Majestic Commercial

Mar de Frades, Brut Nature, Rías Baixas Albariño NV, Galicia, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘A weekday wine,’ suggested team leader Angela Reddin, going on: ‘Sweet, flowery apple and sherbet dip notes, ripe style, quite peachy in the mouth, with a touch of residual sugar.’ ‘Fresh and uplifting, good poise and balance. Crowd pleasing,’ added Chris Wood of Chelsea Vintners.

£12.95 Cellar Trends

Anna de Codorníu, Blanc de Noirs, Cava Brut NV, Penedès, Spain

Silver medal winner

Persistent mousse and well-integrated dosage. 'Aromatic, golden apple and ripe pear, with lemon juice acidity, lovely fizz on the palate and almost a sweet vanilla finish. Very pleasant,' said Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains of this good-value sparkler.

£8.70 Matthew Clark

Anna de Codorníu, Blanc de Blancs, Cava Brut NV, Penedès, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Dry, fresh, fruity aromas of white peach and apple. Rich, with some residual sugar though good balance of acidity,’ said team leader Laura Rhys MS. ‘Grapefruit and citrus, fleshy and generous, with soft mousse,’ added Rebecca Coates of Hakkasan London.

£10.49 Matthew Clark

Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins, Veuve Amiot, Crémant de Loire Chardonnay Brut NV, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Fresh, with expressive mineral tones and good balance. ‘Almost blush in colour, bright, fresh and fruity on the nose, dry, crisp and appley,’ said Neil Bruce of Studio Alto, adding: ‘Good citrus and ripe, fruity style with decent acidity and complexity.’

£8.63 Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins

Szigeti, Gols, Prestige Brut 2011, Burgenland, Austria

Silver medal winner

‘Citrusy and floral, with good acidity, lime and lemon fruit on the palate and medium length,’ began Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott, with team leader Laura Rhys MS adding: ‘Soft, fruit-driven, stone fruit and ripe red apple, with wet stone mineral notes.’

£16.95 Grays & Feather

Oedoria, Diamant, Crémant de Bourgogne NV, Burgundy, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Well made, good body and texture, bready on the nose, with good length,’ said Rebecca Coates of Hakkasan London, with Studio Alto’s Neil Bruce adding: ‘Champagne-like, yeasty maturity, mouthwatering finish.’

£11.50 Bulles Blanc Rouge

Dopff au Moulin, Cuvée Julien, Crémant d'Alsace Brut NV, Alsace, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Buttery and citrusy, with notes of fresh croissant and nuts. Elegant and long, with amazing foam,’ said Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott. ‘Lovely bright white fruitiness, crisp and elegant,’ added Neil Bruce of Studio Alto.

£13.39 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

La Vida al Camp, Cava Brut Reserva NV, Penedès, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Floral, with nice bready notes,’ began team leader Angela Reddin, continuing: ‘Light, pleasant aperitif style; well made for the price.’ ‘Apple skin, lemon zest, good fizz, with a slight nutty tone,’ added Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains.

£8.90 Boutinot

GD Vajra, Moscato d'Asti 2014, Piedmont, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Just what you would expect from a frizzante,’ began Enikő Heidenwolf of Bread Street Kitchen, adding: ‘Lots of fruit and white flowers on the nose, with well-balanced sweetness and acidity. Good with ice cream, even in the winter time.’

£9.52 Liberty Wines

Stella Bella, Pink Moscato 2014, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Soft rosé style, jammy fruit with beautiful sweetness and good balance,’ began consultant Eike Bosche. ‘Pale cherry pink, with light strawberry/cherry and rose petal aromas, sweet cherry fruit and nice length,’ agreed team leader Tom Forrest.

£17.56 Alliance Wine

Lobban, Sparkling Shiraz NV, Calatayud, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Deep purple, nice fizz, with fruity cranberry, raspberry and spiced aromas,’ began team leader Tom Forrest, going on: ‘Off-dry red and black berries and some cinnamon on the palate. Needs food, thanks to the tannin.’

£12.50 Enotria&Coe

d'Arenberg, The Peppermint Paddock, Red Sparkling Chambourcin NV, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Spicy black fruits, juicy sweetness and medium length, with a herba,l aromatic, spicy-juicy style,’ noted Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens, with consultant Eike Bosche adding: ‘Love it. Packed with fruit, a great balanced, refreshing, summery drink.’

£14.57 Enotria&Coe

Ruinello, La Villana Bonarda 2013, Lombardy, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Juicy and long, fresh on the entry, with notes of liquorice on the palate. A good honest, really tasty blackberry fruit style with a good fresh finish,’ said team leader Simon Woods.

£8.97 Azienda Vinicola Ruinello

Mezzacorona, Rotari Cuvée 28+, Metodo Classico Brut NV, Trentino, Italy

Bronze medal winner

‘Immediate concentration, good balance and creamy length on the palate, with bready apple notes. Good value,’ said Chris Wood of Chelsea Vintners, with Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains adding: ‘Serious, mineral, lovely length, with candied fruit and structure. A lovely aperitif.’

£10.07 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Raventós I Blanc, Manuel Raventos, Conca del Riu Anoia 2007, Penedès, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Green apple, pear, mandarin orange notes, this is complex, elegant and toasty, with toasted nuts on the finish,' said team leader Laura Rhys MS. Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott added: 'Lime, pomelo and grapefruit, with a salty, extreme minerality.'

£34.90

Château de l'Aulée, Cuvée Intense, Touraine Brut NV, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

'Quite full and intense, with ripe fruit and elegance. Medium bodied and good freshness. Delightful,' said Yves Desmaris MS of Lutyens. 'Hints of blossom, with green apple skin and lemon notes,' added team leader Tom Forrest.

£11.02 Bibendum

Désiré Petit, Crémant du Jura Brut NV, Jura, France

Commended medal winner

£11.10 Boutinot

Cave de l'Ormarine, Piquepoul, Méthode Traditionnelle, Extra Brut 2011, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£9.30 Boutinot

Ferrari, Perlé Nero 2007, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

£36.15 Enotria&Coe

Pere Ventura, Maria del Mar, Cava Gran Reserva NV, Penedès, Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.16 Enotria&Coe

Bouvet, Rubis, Excellence NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Torelló, Special Edition, Cava Brut Reserva 2010, Penedès, Spain

Commended medal winner

£12.60 Enotria&Coe

J&O, Piquepoul Vin Mousseux, Extra Brut NV, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Bouvet, Saphir Brut Vintage 2012, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Ferghettina, Milledi, Franciacorta Brut 2010, Lombardy, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.00 Boutinot

Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins, Veuve Amiot, Saumur Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£8.63 Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins

Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins, Veuve Amiot, Paul Louis Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

£7.40 Compagnie Francaise des Grands Vins

Raventós I Blanc, De la Finca, Conca del Riu Anoia 2011, Penedès, Spain

Commended medal winner

£16.90

 

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