Sparkling style: Igle­sias picks his top fizz buys

Decanter - - SPARKLING WINES -

Rosell Bo­her, Grande Cu­veé Mil­lésimée, Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina 2014

94 N/A UK www. rosell­bo­her.com The eighth re­lease of Ale­jan­dro Martínez Rosell’s pres­tige cu­veé, first pro­duced in 1999. This blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardon­nay spends 40 months on lees. A pale gold colour in the glass, with lively bub­bles. Bis­cuit com­plex­ity, fra­grant with a creamy tex­ture, yet re­fresh­ing and dry on the fin­ish.

Drink 2018-2025 Al­co­hol 12.5%

Azur, Brut, Li­marí Val­ley, Chile NV 93 N/A UK www. azur.cl

A tra­di­tional-method sparkler from the Li­marí Val­ley. It spends 36 months on lees un­til it reaches a bright lemon colour, with per­sis­tent bub­bles and aro­mas of bread crust, yeast and dry stone fruits. A creamy palate but del­i­cate with a dry fin­ish. This wine is a gem. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 12%

Cave Geisse, Ex­tra Brut, Pinto Ban­deira, Serra Gaúcha, Brazil 2014 93

£ 23 Go Brazil Mario Geisse is an ex­pert in tra­di­tional-method bub­bles. He pro­duces this Pinot Noir and Chardon­nay blend with 36 months of lees con­tact. Lemon bright colour, boast­ing fine bub­bles and some au­tol­y­sis com­plex­ity, with notes of brioche, yeast and nuts. Rich and creamy mousse with an off-dry fin­ish. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 12%

Zuc­cardi, Blanc de Blancs, Tupun­gato, Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina 2012 93

£ 22 Al­liance Wine, Car­ruthers & Kent

Se­bas­tian Zuc­cardi’s 100% Chardon­nay sparkler comes from vine­yards in San Pablo, an ex­treme and cool ter­roir lo­cated in the Uco Val­ley. Pale lemon in colour with zippy bub­bles in the glass. Deep aro­mas of cit­rus and flo­ral notes, along­side fresh yeast and at­trac­tive toasty hints. Boasts an ag­ile mid­palate, with a dry and long-last­ing fin­ish.

Drink 2018-2025 Alc 13%

Chan­don Ar­gentina, Baron B Cu­vée Spé­ciale Ex­tra Brut, Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina NV 92

N/A UK www.lvmh.com This la­bel is a trib­ute to Baron Ber­trand de Ladoucette, Moët & Chan­don emis­sary dur­ing the 1950s, when the com­pany launched Chan­don Ar­gentina. It is a clas­sic style that de­liv­ers a se­ri­ous Cham­p­enoise pro­file with yeasty

and bready notes, brioche, rose and cit­rus. A rich mousse, but the fin­ish is re­fresh­ing and dry. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12%

Cruzat, Cu­vée Na­ture, Tupun­gato, Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina NV 92

£ 25 Pam­pas Wines Pale lemon with fine bub­bles. Ex­pres­sive and fra­grant on the nose with fresh red fruits, cit­rus and mid-au­tol­y­sis com­plex­ity. It tastes sharp and lively, with a rich mousse, fol­lowed by fresh cit­rus notes, vi­brant acid­ity and a dry fin­ish. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 12%

Campos de Cima, Brut Cham­p­enoise, Cam­panha Ori­en­tal, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 2012 91

£ 20 Go Brazil A blend of 70% Chardon­nay with 30% Pinot Noir that dis­plays a pale golden colour and fine bub­bles. A sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence of yeasts and nutty aro­mas. On the palate it is com­plex and tasty, with a medium body and dry fin­ish. Of­fers great qual­ity for the price. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12.5%

Gouguen­heim, Mal­bec Bub­bles Rosé, Tupun­gato, Uco Val­ley, Men­doza, Ar­gentina NV 91

£ 12.95 Davy’s, Lanch­ester Wines Sparkling Mal­bec rosés are gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Ar­gentina. This Uco Val­ley ex­am­ple is one of the pioneers, with a pale pink colour and en­er­getic bub­bles. Fresh cher­ries, plums and blue­ber­ries to the fore, with hints of fresh yeast, blos­som and white fruits. Vi­brant. Drink 2018-2022 Alc 12%

Miguel Tor­res Chile, Este­lado Rosé, Maule Val­ley, Chile 2016 91

£ 14.99 Hoults, Soho Wine Sup­ply, Tay­lor’s Fine Wine, The Bot­tle Stop, Trina’s Wines Pale pink with lively bub­bles. Ex­pres­sive, fresh red fruit char­ac­ter that’s slightly rustic but se­duc­tive and orig­i­nal, with the style of the País va­ri­ety. Vi­brant and fruity mid­palate, creamy and re­fresh­ing fin­ish. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 12%

Pisano, Tan­nat Brut Na­ture, Pro­greso, Canelones, Uruguay NV 94

£ 18 El­lis of Rich­mond An pro­duced broth­ers ex­otic us­ing red by the sparkling Tan­nat Pisano grapes. wine This is a lim­ited-edi­tion bot­tling that of­fers a pur­ple colour with vi­o­let bub­bles. Full of plum and blue­berry fruits with bready and yeasty hints, an in­tense and fruity palate with an off-dry but re­fresh­ing fin­ish. Drink 2018-2023 Alc 13.5%

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