Six bottles of fizz that are top of the pops...
What makes the perfect glass of fizz? Is it the sound of corks popping, the quality of the effervescence that’s so exciting, the elegant style of a really good champagne, or the clean, soft refreshing flavours of a modest sparkler that can be so much fun? As with any wine, sometimes it just comes down to the delicious first sip and lively freshness from the moment the bubbles hit the right spot.
We’ve popped the corks on some of the prettiest, tastiest, smartest and best budget-friendly bubbles to brighten up your party... There’s lots to love about Lidl’s organic bubbly. Keenly priced, it offers the perfect excuse to stock up on a few bottles.
A lovely pale lemony gold, it’s fresh, light and lively, with white fruit aromas and hints of peach and pear. Dry and a little bit earthy, with a fresh palate and floral undertones, you can also savour the simplicity of enjoying it in an Aperol Spritz, the Italian way, cin cin! Leading cava producer Freixenet have released their first Italian sparkling rose. The striking cut-glass bottle will bring more than a level of luxury and the delicate pale salmon pink with fragrant aromas of summer fruits and lightweight, easy-going palate will make you want to dance the night away. If you want to inspire thoughts of a carefree, al-fresco lifestyle and take your Italian ‘pink’ journey to the next level, this pretty rose fizz has a beguiling opalescence. With gentle aromatics, a lovely soft mousse, subtle berry fruits on the persistently elegant palate and a fresh graceful finish, it’s more aperitivos on the terrace than poolside quaffing. The Luc Belaire range always looks the part and fashionistas will love this clear bottle, embossed with gold foil. A blend of the region’s two famous grapes, chardonnay and pinot noir, the wine opens up with white flower blossom and pear aromas with a trace of brioche, and the tropical fruit flavours glide effortlessly along with a hint of lime on the fresh finish. Perfect for a garden party. Home-grown English fizz is right on-trend, and an impressive line-up of judges at the Wine GB awards prized Langham with a gold medal for their Classic Cuvee. A blend of champagne grapes, it has red apple and brioche on the nose, with attractive orchard fruits, melon and poached pear characters and a tingling lemon acidity on the finish. When it comes to liquid history, Champagne Henriot have been turning out fine fizz for generations, and this pale pink rose with copper highlights contains a high percentage of grand cru chardonnay, which makes it extra special.
It ‘exudes raspberries with a strawberries-and-cream seductiveness, followed by freshly squeezed lemon, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange’, as the award-winning winemaker suggests. A wonderful gift — or better still, treat yourself with the flavours and fragrance of summer in a glass.