Snooth's Sparkling Wine Round-up

Taking a look at Champagne and Sparkling wines



2001 Schramsberg Reserve – A subtle yet complex nose that reveals layers of yeast, dried orchard fruits, peach, and hints of cinnamon spice. In the mouth this is big and rich with lots of deep fruit tones laid upon a creamy, toasty frame with spicy top notes. The finish is long and complex with layers of spicy and nutty tones. 92pts

Domaine Chandon NV Etoile Brut – Very subtle aromatics offer up notes of green tea and herbs over white fruits that recall pears. The feel in the mouth is really elegant with a fine mousse and nuanced notes of toasted almond, juicy tart pear, peach and gooseberry. This is almost weightless in the mouth with a long finish that combines mineral and almond notes with notes of ripe gooseberry. Lovely texture and complexity here. 92pts

Iron Horse 2004 Classic Brut – Notes of beeswax, white mushroom, rose petals, and radish greet the nose in this wonderfully fresh and very white smelling wine. In the mouth this has a huge presence with subtle berry and citrus tones that are crisp and crunchy. There’s a touch of sweetness but it is very well integrated leaving this full of freshness and a feeling that makes me think of freshly washed linens. 92pts

Delamotte 1999 Blanc de Blanc – Hugely aromatic with waxy fruits, smoke, almond croissant, and chalk. Real depth to the nose. Fine mousse, great attack with sweet nutty tone, fruit, brie, flowers, chalk. This is suave across the palate with a richness and creaminess that makes it easy to appreciate, though it is tightly wound with excellent cut. 92pts

Louis Roederer NV Brut - As usual this is very youthful right off the shelf, and benefits from 2-6 years in the cellar, but his has the classic slightly yeasty, apple and toasted, buttery almonds. In the mouth it was predictably tight but combined admirably weight and depth with fine balance and an acid driven, refreshing finish. 91pts

2001 J Schram – Minerally and buttery on the nose with a real creamy appeal. In the mouth this has an elegant texture and fine mousse with flavors of green melon and citrus delivered in a very linear style that is layered and richly flavored. Great length on the finish, which shows a hint of red fruits on the final. 91pts

Iron Horse 2004 Russian Cuvee – This immediately impresses with huge lemon curd and biscuit notes on the nose that are vivid and complex and layered over notes of dried apricot. The mousse is slightly coarse though this is really very well balanced with deep, earthy flavors. The acids keep this so well balanced and accentuate the elegance and length this offers. 91pts

Iron Horse NV Joy – out of magnum – Crisp on the nose with great focus and finesse to the apricot pit, pear, herb, steely mineral and yeast aromas.  In the mouth this is subtle and crisp with a top note of sassafras overly the unabashedly fruity, and gently sweet mid-palate that is laced with vanilla and honey. An in your face style of bubbly but in it’s own way very appealing. 91pts

2000 Iron Horse Brut LD – Nicely perfumed with white floral notes, heather, mineral and apple fruit notes. In the mouth this shows significant acids and a very moderate dosage that allows the fine mousse and nicely developed, citrussy fruits to dominate the mid-palate. Delicate and bright with cleansing acids on the finish this shows good poise. 91pts

Delamotte NV Brut Rose – Walnuts, spice and custard on the nose with sweet red apple skin and brie cheesiness.  Rich entry with notes of walnut, earthy, spices, great intensity of flavor with nice golden apple and toasty nuances.  Very complex and fresh with excellent length. 91pts 

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  • Germany is the largest consumer of sparklers in the world. 500 million of the 2 billion bottles produced world wide are consumed in Germany. The Germans love imported sparklers but also their own, which is called Sekt. There are about a dozen or so large Sekt Estates that do tank fermentation, a large number of small Sekt Estates that use the methode champenoise and many producers of still wine who also have a couple of Sekts in their wine portfolio. The latter are always produced in the methode champenoise.

    Cheers.

    Christian G.E. Schiller

    Dec 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Good pointer to Sekt, Christian. A couple of decades ago I used to drink a lot of it, but for no real reason I can think of (other than the fact that there's so much good wine out there to sample these days), I don't think I've had even a single bottle this decade. Back when I was drinking it I did like it better than any Cava I'd yet tried, and better than most Proseccos. Any producers you particularly recommend nowadays?

    Regarding US sparkling, Greg, there are a lot of producers doing at least as well as Gruet, IMHO, though his efforts, especially in that location-less-trodden, do warrant recognition. You can find mention of several in this Snooth forum thread:
    http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/go...
    Also, there's a lot of *very* good sparkling labeled as Vin Mousseux in French environs, from the Loire, through Beaujolais and Jura, to even (yes) the Piedmont, and just about every other winegrowing region across that country (and even its neighbors!)...

    Dec 23, 2009 at 3:01 PM


  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    My hat's off to you, Greg, for your tasting of so many bottles. Did you do this all in one sitting (or standing)?

    Dec 23, 2009 at 3:09 PM


  • Snooth User: robb1
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    Dont know if you guys get any Australian Bubbles over there but if you get a chance grab a bottle of Arras by Hardy's. It is a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir blend fom Tasmanian fruit. Aged on lees for 3 years or so then 1 year on cork, as Winemaker Ed Carr believes that fine sparkling wines benifit from cork aging. I have seen this wine with varying times under cork and you can certainly see huge differences even after 6 months.This adds to the overall discussions on the use of cork for all wines???

    Dec 23, 2009 at 7:40 PM


  • Snooth User: StockBoy
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    I suppose that one can "blind taste" wine and judge it's quality? I happen to think that great wine is a value judgement. And for the price (less than $10.00 per bottle) you can't beat Korbel. It is made with the true "Methode Champenoise" right on the Russian River. I like the "extra dry" better than the "brut". The "Organic Brut" in second best.
    Strangely thier 'Blanc de Blanc", which is the best of the best in every Champaigne house in Europe (don't be taken in by all the "blending" hype - that is only designed to produce an average consistent wine year after year reguardless of how bad the vintage is for export - the owners only drink "Blanc de Blanc" to the extent that many French Champaigne Houses reserve the Blanc de Blanc for "family use".
    For $10.00 or less, available in most grocery stores, and most wine shops, Korbel Extra Dry can not be beat up to $100.00 making it the best buy.

    Dec 23, 2009 at 7:41 PM


  • Snooth User: OFDwife
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    J Sparkling wine from Healdsburg, CA is fab. You've got to try it!

    Dec 24, 2009 at 12:18 AM


  • Snooth User: agoura
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    I recently looked for Champagne for my son's wedding and did a tasting of Taittainger Domaine Carneros and Roderer Estate Alexander valley. Both were very disappointing as we thought they were too tart and bubbly. As regular drinkers of Cava, I have to say we were disappointed and ended up getting French Moet Brut Imperial. While it was more money, it was a crowd pleaser for the party. We were not disappointed.

    In California offerings, I found a vintage Gloria Ferrer (2004 perhaps) earlier this year at Costco which I found particularly pleasant without sharp edges and showing off some fine bubbles. That was below the $19 mark. One word: "Outstanding" or "Runs circles around many french Champagnes".

    In Down Under offerings, I had the chance of enjoying Lindauer Brut at a wedding and have since then bought several bottles (under $8) which I find very pleasant.

    All I have to say is that contrary to an other posting that extols the virtues of Korbel, I find that there is much better value in Cavas which sport a broad selection of clean and crisp wines that will not break the bank (many are in the $5-$10 range).

    Needless to say, we have many opportunities to cheer up the holiday table.

    Dec 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM


  • Snooth User: Charles Warner
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    I would like to mention an English sparkling wine, yes, I can "hear" the raised eyebrows already...! Let's not forget that global warming has meant that areas which previously produced no wine are now able to do so, and the southern counties of England now fall into this category.

    Think of the White Cliffs of Dover - yes, chalk soil - the same as Champagne and now with a similar climate. Have look out for Chapel Down from Tenterden Vineyard. I took a few bottles to some friends in France recently; initially they were sceptical, but amazed when they tasted it.

    Beautifully balanced, with plenty of crisp apple like flavours; it matches many a genuine Champagne that I have tried.

    I had better see if it is listed here anywhere.

    Dec 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM


  • Snooth User: Philip James
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    Charles

    You should see a number of British sparkling wines on the site. In particular, I visited and reviewed several earlier this year. Specifically, Camel Valley Winery in Cornwall, where they make some great wines:

    - http://www.snooth.com/articles/comm...

    - http://www.snooth.com/articles/wine...

    Dec 26, 2009 at 9:28 PM


  • For me the best Down under offering by some margin is Pelorus - made by Cloudy Bay - the NV gets 2 years bottle age , the base wine a mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gets a subtle touch of oak for real weight and interest , creamy palate, complex flavours - very classy fizz -and no I'm not a fan of their Sauvignon Blanc ! presentation is very good too - I use it regularly when teaching (wine that is) and it never fails to win fans - not cheap but very good value .

    Dec 29, 2009 at 5:12 AM


  • Snooth User: padre
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    If my wife doesn't "like" the crispness of a sparkling wine what can I suggest for her in a sparkling wine that may be a more silky, smooth berry finish?
    Thanks,
    Padre

    Dec 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM


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    I have searched many markets for sparkling and found the main attribute for Champagne is the reputation and subsequent cost- but others match or outdo- Blanquette or Crement de Limoux preceeded the discovery of Champagne and is every bit as good
    Look for Domain Giraud,- from Alsace - Crement d'Alsace from Klingenfus, but the crown Jewel, and I match against any Champagne is Valdivieso of Chile- The Blanc de Blanc or Brut- this house has been making Methode Champenoise since 1850 and have mastered the art- and at under $15.00 you cannot do any better- try a bling tasting against Krug or Dom Perignon and be convinced- Happy 2010
    Hugh

    Jan 04, 2010 at 4:23 PM


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