Category Archives: 10to30 – sparkling

Wines available from UK independents at between £10 and £30

Sylvain Foinon Champagne NV

Sylvain Foinon (RM 29637-01), Brut, Champagne, Fleury-la-Riviere (10km north-west of Epernay), Marne, France, NV This wine: lot No. L-11, an unknown blend – although something could be read into village plantings of pinot meunier being 5 times those of pinot … Continue reading

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Chapel Down BdN 2009

Chapel Down, Blanc de Noirs, Wine of England, Kent, England, 2009 This wine: lot no. L7177, varietal pinot noir (then strictly speaking, it should be blanc de noir), 4.5 years on the lees, Diam Diamant technical agglomerate cork closure, 12% … Continue reading

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Oudin-Collet Champagne 2012

Oudin-Collet (RC)*, Prelude des fondateurs, Blanc de Noirs, Champagne, Cernay-les-Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, 2012 *RC – récoltant co-opérateur, a grower sells grapes to their co-op, then buys back finished sparkling wine, to market under their own label. This wine: lot … Continue reading

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Testulat Champagne 2011

Michel Testulat (NM), Cuvee Thomas, Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, Brugny, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France, 2011 This wine: lot no. – not that I can find, varietal chardonnay, Diam agglomerate mushroom cork closure; 12% abv, ex-producer, €26 (12/16). Consumer tasting note: pale … Continue reading

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Iron Horse California 2009

Iron Horse, Brut, Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2009 This wine: lot no. DISG12314, a blend of 74% pinot noir with chardonnay, only 2400 c/s produced, mushroom natural cork closure; 13.5% abv, BBR bin end, £15 (09/17) … Continue reading

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Pizzini Franciacorta NV

Barone Pizzini, Animante, DOCG Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy, NV Franciacorta See my notes covering Franciacorta.  In brief, the minimum ageing period before release, for NV, is 25 months after harvest, comprising at least 18 months on the lees, and at least 7 … Continue reading

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Beaux Hauts Russian River 1992

Chateau Beaux Hauts, En Tirage, Methode Champenoise Recently Disgorged Extra Brut, Russian River Valley Sparking Wine, Sonoma, California, USA, 1992 This wine: varietal pinot meunier, late disgorged in 2009 or a little later, having spent over 17 years en tirage … Continue reading

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