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Other European Sparkling Wine

This section of SWA varies massively – uninspiring one year, exciting the next. And after a couple of questionable years in 2018 and 2019, this was one of our best. We saw a huge variety of Euro fizz come in this year – from bargain basement Spaniards to aristocratic Franciacortas, serious Germans to playful Moscato, all backed up by a heartening entry of bustling French crémants.

From cheap to champagne prices, classical to somewhat odd, this is like a giant vinous lucky dip for the buy-curious sommelier. If you’re aiming to pep up your sparkling offering with something a bit different, this is a fantastic place to go looking.

From The Tasting Teams

‘The birch sap had good individual character at a price point for experimentation. The nearest thing I can compare it to is a sparkling saké.’ Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club

‘There’s a world of Italian sparkling wine outside of prosecco.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘French sparklers are better at the value end. As a sommelier you want to steer away from prosecco, and this tends to hit that spot.’ Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen

‘The best quality in the French flight probably lay with the cheapest ones.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

‘I enjoyed the Loire wines here. For restaurants they work really well as aperitifs, or by the glass.’ Salvatore Russo, The Hippodrome Casino

‘In the Italian flight there were wines that stood out in every price bracket. Not your typical prosecco that everyone is familiar with, but different flavours, in an interesting way.’ Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair

‘There’s a lot of [Italian] sparkling out there that’s way better than prosecco. It’s good because people might think that sparkling wine from Italy is all one thing.’ Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair

‘The German sparkling was absolutely great, really serious and could easily compete with anything at the champagne price point.’ Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club

Award winners

Found 28 wines

Sparkling: Other European Sparkling Wine

Vigneti Cenci, Franciacorta, La Capinera, Brut NV, Franciacorta, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Green apples and lemon peel, with a hint of bready dough, leading to a fresh finish of green apple skin and some floral notes.' Tom Forrest, team leader. 'With fruit in the dried apricot range, and golden apple with autolytic notes on finish, this delivers decent weight and complexity for the price point, making it a good alternative to house champagne by the glass.' James Fryer, team leader.

£19.76 Matthew Clark

Vaux, Rheingauer Réserve Riesling Sekt 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner

'A honeyed, rich nose that's buttery, with baked apple character too, leading to lots of concentration and acidity. Very refreshing - and moreish.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Great intensity and poise, with a good backbone. This deserves some food.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade. 'A very good expression of the grape, and an interesting wine to play with on a tasting menu.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.

£21.70 Jascots Wine Merchants

Emilie Laurance, Crémant de Loire, Blanc Brut NV, Loire, France

Gold medal winner

'A very delicious wine, with notes of starfruit, nectarine and pear fruits.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'This is really pretty on the nose, with apple aromas, as well as bread and butter, leading to peach and apricot flavours and a lovely autolytic finish. With all of this complexity, this will make the ultimate aperitif.' Salvatore Russo, The Hippodrome Casino.

£12.72 Orchidées, Maisons de Vin

Salasar , Carte Azur, Crémant de Limoux NV, Languedoc, France

Gold medal winner

'Some floral notes at first, with a pronounced stony minerality, which lead to a pleasing finish with some herbal freshness.' Olivier Marie, team leader. 'Pleasant, with soft apple and citrus fruits, as well as some toast and minerality.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'Nice, light and refreshing, and great as an aperitif.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen.

£6.76 Great Grog

Contero, Moscato d'Asti 2019, Piedmont, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Candied fruit on the nose leads to an unctuous palate full of ripe character, with dried fruit and confit on the finish.' Chris Delalonde MS, The Dorchester. 'Fresh and vibrant, with ripe peaches, nectarines and orange peel, and a slightly stony character with good balance between sugar and fruit. Would match a dessert with some acidity.' Juan Manuel Marcos Perez, The Gilbert Scott Restaurant.

£10.35 Liberty Wines

Cavit, Altemasi, Trentodoc Brut, Millesimato 2016, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A refreshing wine with lemon peel, a yeasty, bready element and good complexity on the palate, all leading to a lingering finish.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'There's refreshing acidity here, with some minerality and crunchy fruit with loads of green apple.' Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair. 'A really nice all-rounder.' James Fryer, team leader.

£13.60 Boutinot

Rotari, Cuvee 28+ Brut, Trentodoc NV, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

'This is complex on the nose, with a touch of oak alongside some citrus flavours, leading to a palate that's quite persistent, with a creamier texture. A great wine to start as an aperitif, but can also go through the meal.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'A savoury, robust style of fizz.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£11.64 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Rotari, Flavio, Trentodoc 2011, Trentino, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A complex and layered wine with mature notes of mushroom, as well as chalk and bitter lemon.' Jan Konetzki, team leader. 'Creamy and decadent on the palate, with oak framing the fruit nicely, and with a bracing, long finish.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'With definite oak notes and some leesy character, this really over-delivers compared to its French counterparts in the same price range.' James Fryer, team leader.

£30.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

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

Silver medal winner

'An expressive nose showing some secondary aromas leading to a buttery, lactic palate with a complex array of aromatics, including dried fruits, walnut and pistachio.' Olivier Marie, team leader. 'Lots of tertiary, biscuity creamy stuff going on here, with bright, lively acidity too.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

£15.34 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Frittmann , Gold, Brut 2016, Kunság, Hungary

Silver medal winner

'Poised, delicate and bright, with a subtle touch of lees ageing.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Lemon, golden apple and white plum notes, with additional white flowers and soft white peach.' Romain de Courcy, The Ritz Paris. 'Very clean and lively, this is an interesting wine, and very refreshing too. I'd be happy with a glass as an aperitif.' Jade Koch, team leader.

£15.20 Best of Hungary Ltd.

Langlois-Chateau, Crémant de Loire NV, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

'A very floral nose, with some green apple too, leading to vibrant acidity and generous texture on the palate, and lovely concentration of fresh Seville lemon on the finish.' Claire Love, Loves Consultancy. 'A good balance of fruit, with some subtle bitter notes that elevate the complexity of this wine.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen.

£9.56 Mentzendorff & Co

Félix Solís, Comte de Chamberi, Brut NV, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'With sweet pear with a light, lemony finish, this is a value proposition that could compete with entry-level prosecco or other sparkling wines.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club. 'A pleasant off-dry wine with white tree blossoms and soft ripe pear and nectarine fruits, and a hint of earth. Great value.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting.

£6.50 Matthew Clark

Sauvion, Crémant de Loire, Brut NV, Loire, France

Bronze medal winner

'Youthful and quite expressive, with vivid freshness and an intense saline, nautical character that's rather enticing.' Olivier Marie, team leader. 'Lovely fresh citrus fruits and a mouthwatering palate. This would be great as an aperitif, and would work really well with meaty fish dishes too.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen.

£8.27 Addison Wines

The Wine People, Valento, Spumante NV, Vino d'Italia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A great springtime aperitif wine that's fresh, pretty and very citrusy.' James Fryer, team leader. 'A light, refreshing wine that's quite perfumed on the nose, with floral notes, stone fruit and ripe pear, leading to a palate with good flavours and intensity.' Immacolata Cannavo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Charming and drinkable, with lots of generous primary fruit.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot.

£6.78 Majestic Commercial

Feudi di San Gregorio, Dubl, Falanghina Spumante NV, Campania, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This has plenty of floral notes alongside crunchy vibrant green fruit and citrus, with a touch of peach and brioche on the palate, and some minerality too.' Savvas Symeonidis, Goodman Restaurant Mayfair. 'With a crisp profile of red apples, lime juice and white flowers, this is an elegant wine for a classy restaurant.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

£15.08 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Arthur Metz, Perle Noire, Crémant d'Alsace NV, Alsace, France

Commended medal winner

£9.02 TJ WINES

Monmousseau, Crémant de Loire, Blanc Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Ackerman, Cuvée Privée, Crémant de Loire, Blanc Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Ackerman, Crémant de Loire, Bio Brut NV, Loire, France

Commended medal winner

Vietti, Cascinetta, Moscato d'Asti 2018, Piedmont, Italy

Commended medal winner

£13.84 Bibendum

Savhuset , Sav™ Sparkling, Birch Sap Wine NV, Jämtland, Sweden

Commended medal winner

Mezzacorona, Mezza di Mezzacorona NV, Trentino, Italy

Commended medal winner

Simonnet Febvre, Crémant de Bourgogne, Brut Blanc NV, Burgundy, France

Commended medal winner

Dalton, Pét Nat 2019, Galilee, Israel

Commended medal winner

£16.66 Kedem Europe

Adria Vini, Palladiano Durello, Spumante Brut NV, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.85 Boutinot

Les Grand Chais de France, Philippe Dublanc, Brut, Blanc de Blancs NV, Multi-Regional, France

Commended medal winner

Leitz, Eins Zwei Zero, Sparkling Riesling NV, Rheinhessen, Germany

Commended medal winner

£7.74 Enotria&Coe

Ceci, Otello Nerodilambrusco 1813, Rosso Frizzante NV, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Commended medal winner

£29.50 Eurowines

 

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