Category Archives: 10to30 – sparkling

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

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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Bluebell Hindleap BdB 2008

Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Late Disgorged Blanc de Blanc, Quality Sparkling Wine, England, 2008 This wine: varietal chardonnay, bottled 06/2009, disgorged 08/2015, minimum time on the lees of 74 months, natural mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv, ex-producer, ~£35 (05/16) … Continue reading

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Perelada Rose Brut Cava NV

Castillo de Perelada, Brut Rose, DO Cava, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain, NV This wine: a grenache noir dominated blend, with pinot noir and trepat; aged on the lees for ~12 months; mushroom natural cork closure; 11.5% abv, widely available, ~£10 (05/17) Consumer … Continue reading

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Schloss Vaux Sekt 2012

Schloss Vaux, Brut, Cuvee Vaux, Deutscher Sekt, Rheinhessen/Pfalz, Germany, 2012 Note that this wine is a pan-regional blend and so labelled Deutscher Sekt, rather than a wine from a single region which would be Deutscher Sekt b.a. This wine: a … Continue reading

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Bluebell Hindleap Brut 2010

Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Winemaker’s Classic Blend, Quality English Sparkling Wine, East Sussex, UK, 2010. This wine: a blend of 90% chardonnay, 8% pinot noir, with pinot meunier; bottled 07/11, disgorged o2/16, with minimum of 55 months on the … Continue reading

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