Sparklers for the 12 days of Christmas

In recent tastings of more than 50 wines of Champagne and California sparkling wines, the following scored at the top for toasting the 12 days of Christmas along with a partridge in a pear tree or two. Under $20 NV Brut California sparklers: Glori…

In recent tastings of more than 50 wines of Champagne and California sparkling wines, the following scored at the top for toasting the 12 days of Christmas along with a partridge in a pear tree or two.

 

  • Under $20 NV Brut California sparklers:  Gloria Ferrer, light yeast, fruity; Domaine Carneros, crisp; Roederer Estate, balanced, long finish.

  • Champagne NV Brut $25-35: Laurent Perrier, crisp/fresh; Duval Leroy, nice yeasty nose; Chartogne-Taillet, Saint-Anne, light yeast, balanced.

  • Top Champagne $35-65 in recent tasting: Henriot Blanc Souverain; Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label; Bollinger NV Special Cuvee Brut. 

  • Champagne top 3 expensive from 14 tasted: Roederer Cristal 02; Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame 98; Dom Perignon 00. All super/Veuve for yeast fans.

 

 

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