The top 5 bottles of fizz to toast the new year in with
For some fabulous fizz to the toast the New Year in with (or maybe you’re just knackered and at toast at 9.48pm will do before you settle down with a hot chocolate and a peaceful night in) we’ve got you. Grab the good stuff, dine with friends, make some wishes, look forward to the new or simply celebrate the fact that 2017 is DONE – either way we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 bottles of bubbly you can, and should, get your hands on this year.
PIPER-HEIDSIECK Rare Rosé 2007
Available at Harrods
A blend of 17 grape varieties, the cuvée rosé is a perfect marriage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines, which have been left to mature for more than eight years. Tasked with finding a Champagne fit for a queen, Florens-Louis Heidsieck presented his first cuvee to Marie Antoinette, PIPER- HEIDSIECK’s first Brand Ambassador. The Champagne reflects this royal history, presented in an elegant box made of lacquered black wood and emblazoned with a rose crown.
Charles Legend, Brut Royal NV Champagne
Available at Buyonline.friarwood.com
Nothing says ‘Happy New Year’ quite like a bottle of chilled Champagne, and Charles Legend, Brut Royal NV is a great way to celebrate and pair with some fine foods too. The light amber Champagne is great as an aperitif, or can be paired perfectly with foie gras and gougeres with goat’s cheese. A subtle nose of citrus leads way to a mouth which reveals delicious buttery and pastry notes, the finish is fresh with an enjoyable acidity.
Ombra Di Pantera, Prosecco Superiore Brut Millesimato DOCG
Available at Ombradipantera.com
Carefully created ‘in bianco’, the sparkle is captured over 60 days to produce a fine, persistent perlage. An intense, very fine and fruity bouquet with a distinct aroma of golden apples against a floral background. Dry, fresh and light in the mouth, soft and well-balanced, with good aromatic length and a memorable, fruity finish.
Ombra Di Pantera, Prosecco Superiore Brut Millesimato DOCG, is crafted with the finest Glera grapes from its delicately cultivated Conegliano vineyard to embody the seductive elegance of Italian luxury.
Il Serraglio Lambrusco
Available at thevinobeano.com
If you are looking for sweet Lambrusco that oozes ripe jelly flavours, you will have to look elsewhere! This wine is a world apart with its fresh and wonderfully stylish personality. Despite some gentle fruit sweetness on its core, this wine finishes dry and clean. Only 11,894 bottles were produced of this, which is wonderfully blush pink in colour with notes of white peach, lemon sorbet, a tinge of fresh strawberry and hawthorn.
This works best with salads, cured meats or rolled pork with herbs and a mild sauce. It would also work well with light pasta dishes, and some foods with a mild spice.
Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio
Available at Ocado.com
This light bodied Pinot bubbles over with flavours of zesty citrus and orange blossom aromas. Catering for all occasions, this tipple is sure to add sparkle to your new year celebrations – it’s even the official sparkling wine partner of NYE in times square.
Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio is perfect for pairing with party canapés as well as Asian cuisine for takeaways with friends, or can simply be enjoyed on its own to toast the festive season.