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 Other European Sparkling Wine

2018  GOLD: 2             SILVER: 13       BRONZE: 4       COMMENDED: 9
2017  GOLD: 2             SILVER: 7         BRONZE: 9       COMMENDED: 11

With cava now having graduated to its own section in the book, this category was mostly a battle between non-prosecco Italy and non-champagne France. In the past, the cremants have put up a half-decent showing here, but this year they folded early and left the stage to the Italians, who had a wonderful time showing off their full repertoire, from pricey Franciacortas to super-cheap Veneto fizzlers, serious-browed Trentodocs to playful frizzantes.

The French should be disappointed with their showing here. The country is better than the three Silvers it secured, but lack of entries from cremant regions suggests a lack of confidence in the UK on-trade. On the plus side, it was heartening to see sparklers from Bulgaria and Austria picking up medals, too.


‘Different areas in Italy are all bringing different flavours. Price-wise, these are very approachable, and are great for a restaurant where you’re trying to give some variety.’ Giuseppe Longobardi, The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston

‘Some nice value for money. Compared to prosecco, you can find some wines that are more complex for the same money. We need to slowly educate people about crémant.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘I’m always trying to get away from prosecco, and there were some wines here that were equally interesting at the same price point.’ Andrés Ituarte, Coq d’Argent

‘The most expensive French wine was like champagne for the price of prosecco.’ Edgaras Kazokaitis, Roka Aldwych

‘[The Pignoletto] wasn’t trying to copy champagne or prosecco and was very well-priced. It makes a good alternative to prosecco. The Brachetto was different: fun, fresh and floral; it’s fun to have something out of the ordinary.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, consultant

‘The frizzantes are a challenge but also an opportunity, especially for by the glass. They would be very interesting from a pairing point of view.’ Richard Cavagin-Carey, The Harwood Arms

Award winners

Found 23 wines

Sparkling: Other European regions

Villa Cialdini, Pignoletto, Sparkling Brut, Modena 2017, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Gold medal winner

‘Impressive,’ began Vinoteca’s Charlie Young in his praise of this Italian sparkler as it took Gold, describing ‘pineapple on the nose, with plenty of freshness and acidity on the palate, with ripe, juicy apple in spades’. Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav added his appreciation for its ‘citrus and elderflower and a slight bitter touch on the finish’, with team leader Laurent Richet MS finding it a ‘vibrant fizz with a fresh fruit salad palate’.

£10.40 Liberty Wines

Peter Lehmann, Black Queen, Sparkling Shiraz 2012, Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia

Gold medal winner

Unusual, maybe, but this was definitely deserving of Gold, with team leader Angela Reddin finding it a ‘very individual style with chicory oak notes, dark plum and cherry with mocha’, while Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason noted its ‘deep, medicinal, herbal, meaty and brooding character with dark fruits, power and muscle – an Arnie wine’. All of this led team leader Annette Scarfe MW to match this ‘with lamb vindaloo, as it has the sweetness to match the spice’.

£17.15 Liberty Wines

Mezzacorona, Rotari, Cuvée 28+, Trentodoc Brut NV, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston noted ‘fine bubbles with shortbread and orange blossom on the nose, a buttery palate with a clean finish’, while Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot found it ‘light and lifted, with lemon cheesecake character’.

£10.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Valento, Spumante NV, Veneto, Italy

Silver medal winner

An appealing style for Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston, revealing ‘persistent tiny bubbles, fresh apple and hot buttered brioche aromas, a tropical fruit finish with vibrant crispy personality’.

£6.62 Majestic Commercial

Schloss Gobelsburg, Brut Reserve NV, Niederösterreich, Austria

Silver medal winner

A well-balanced wine, thought Vinoteca’s Charlie Young, showing ‘a fresh, pure nose with a nice lift, a level of residual sugar working well with the lovely ripe apple character on the palate’.

£18.33 Clark Foyster Wines

Ceci, Otello 1813, NerodiLambrusco, Lambrusco Emilia NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Silver medal winner

‘A fun wine,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, with its ‘Asian pear and cherry aromas, lovely fruity palate and nice balance’, while Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles felt its ‘freshness and sweetness is balanced by acidity and an explosion of red fruits’.

£11.20 Eurowines

Ceci, Otellon'ice, Spumante Lambrusco Emilia NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Silver medal winner

Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason found this a ‘soft and satisfying wine’, noting its character of ‘spice and herbs, black and red fruit with smooth tannins, good body and weight, in a delicate, easy-drinking style’.

£15.15 Eurowines

Ferrari, Perlé, Trentodoc 2010, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS enjoyed the ‘lovely yeasty aroma, rich and complex mouthfeel with a mix of hazelnut, Granny Smith apple fruit and mineral characters’, while Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston highlighted notes of ‘crunchy bread crust and apricot’.

£25.05 Enotria&Coe

Clos de Nouys, Vouvray, Brut NV, Loire, France

Silver medal winner

Winexponent’s Simon Cassina highlighted ‘mature yeast and creamy cheese patisserie on the nose, persistence and elegance on the palate with a nice hint of oxidation and complexity’.

£11.35 Bibendum

Edoardo Miroglio, Blanc de Blancs, Brut 2013, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria

Silver medal winner

‘Elegant aromas, citrus and floral with light toast, well balanced on the palate, complex with a long finish,’ began Yohann Pinol of Wiltons, with Vinoteca’s Charlie Young highlighting a ‘nice balance of pear and savoury aromas’.

£13.67 Theatre of Wine , The Old Cellar

Château de Rhodes, Organic, Méthode Ancestrale NV, South West France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Big, green apple nose and palate with a rounded mouthfeel,’ said Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte, who found ‘a touch of residual sugar, but bright acids balance it well’, while Winexponent’s Simon Cassina felt its ‘hearty yellow apple, nutty honey and wax’ character would make it a good match for pork.

£12.11 Boutinot

Emile Beyer, Cuvée Emile-Victor, Crémant d'Alsace NV, Alsace, France

Silver medal winner

Edgaras Kazokaitis of Roka Aldwych enjoyed the ‘ripe apple, pear, peach and caramelised apple aromas, and rich palate with fine bubbles’, while Coq d’Argent’s Andrés Ituarte found a ‘yeasty, bready nose, good quality with pear skin and lemon zest with unripe apricot notes, long and balanced on the finish’.

£17.13 Matthew Clark

Ceci, Terre Verdiane 1813, Lambrusco Emilia, Amabile NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Janusz Pawel Sasiadek of Bottles & Battles enjoyed its ‘very intense fruits, lovely freshness and floral finish’, while team leader Angela Reddin praised ‘bags of summer berry fruit and sugar that sits well in this dessert-style wine’.

£9.45 Eurowines

Tognon, Essenzapari, Vintage 2013, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

A wine that got the conversation going among our judges, with team leader Laurent Richet MS finding ‘aromas of sweet-coated cashew nut and notes of pressed cheese like Comté or Abondance, then an unusual palate combining honey and bruised apples with a certain sweetness’.

£75.88 Azienda Agricola Tognon di Davide Tognon

Félix Solís Avantis, Pigalle, Brut NV, Vin Mousseux, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Young yet expressive, with floral confit lemon sweetness and a good finish,’ began Coq d’Argent’s Lazaros Engonopoulos, with Markus Dilger of Dilger Sommelier Selection finding ‘floral aromas, apple, peach and peas, fine balanced sweetness and light mousse’.

£6.20 Matthew Clark

Famille Helfrich, Domaine de Tholomies, Crémant de Limoux, Brut NV, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

Caves Emile Cheysson, Cuvée Prestige, Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut NV, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

£12.14 Bibendum

Cavit, Altemasi, Trentodoc Brut, Millesimato 2013, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.70 Boutinot

Villa Cialdini, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro 2017, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.47 Liberty Wines

Ceci, Terre Verdiane 1813, Lambrusco Emilia NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.45 Eurowines

Mezzacorona, Mezza di Mezzacorona NV, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Quinta do Ferro, Dom Ferro, Reserva, Brut 2013, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£10.81 Xisto Wines

Oedoria, Crémant de Bourgogne, Blanc de Blancs NV, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner


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