Fri 04 Jul 2014

A Sparkling Fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July everyone!

This week in the buying department we had a comprehensive sparkling wine range review.

The wines

Among many old favourites, such as The Society’s Cava, we also tasted a number of newer entries such as Blind Spot Tasmanian Sparkler.

Joe Mandrell, Pierre Mansour, Tim Sykes and Mark Buckenham at the tasting.

Joe Mandrell, Pierre Mansour, Tim Sykes and Mark Buckenham at the tasting.

We unanimously enjoyed the three sparkling wines that we currently list from Limoux, the two dry wines (Crémant de Limoux Cuvée Saint-Laurent, Antech 2011 and Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature, Antech) showing wonderful drinkability, with fresh citrus and peach flavours, while the sweet Ancestral really hit the spot mid tasting.

However one of the standout wines for class, complexity and balance was Louis Roederer’s Quartet from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California.

The wine had a wonderful lemon and brioche nose very reminiscent of Champagne, but with a little more ripeness and generosity to it. The mousse was fine yet firm, and the flavours really developed on the palate, encouraging a second sip. The wine had great length for a sparkling wine, and we all agreed really stood out as a one of the stars of the line-up.

Quartet

I will be taking a bottle of this home tonight to have with American friends at their 4th of July party, however I hope you might try it over the summer too and have a little toast to our cousins across the pond!

Sarah Knowles

Society Buyer

Categories : Rest of the World

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