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Hungary

Made from the two great grapes of champagne, this dry sparkling wine with attractive melon fruit and good balancing acidity comes from vineyards on the shores of Lake Balaton. Excellent value – outside the Eurozone!

Chapel Hill website

Chapel Hill Chardonnay/Pinot  Brut
Price: £7.69  Bin No. SW10

Chapel Hill Pinot  Rosé
Price: £7.69  Bin No. SW01

 

 

France

The stunning Crémant de Bourgogne from the Caves de Bailly comes from vineyards just outside the champagne region, and I would defy anyone to spot the difference – except that it is a better drink than many cheap champagnes – and the Crémant Rosé is every bit as good if not better –my wife and I had it for our Silver Wedding party.

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  Crémant  - de Bourgogne  - Caves de Bailly Brut
Price: £11.99 Bin No. SW03

Crémant de Bourgogne  - Caves de Bailly Brut Rosé   Price: £12.99 Bin No. SW031

 

 

Italy

Prosecco has rapidly become Italy’s most popular sparkling wine: the Frizzante  has a screw cap and is only lightly sparkling while the Spumante is sealed with a champagne cork and is fully sparkling.  A very decent cheaper alternative is the new Polloni Spumante which tastes far better than many Proseccos

Polloni Spumante  (SC) 
Price: £8.49   Bin No. SW021

Prosecco  Frizzante  Villa Sandi (SC)
Price: £9.49   Bin No. SW13

Prosecco  Spumante La Delfina  - Secco 
Price: £9.98   Bin No. SW02

Prosecco Spumante  Villa Sandi
Price: £11.49   Bin No. SW09

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Spain

Our excellent Cava Castillo Perelada comes from a top producer. Clean, refreshing,  but with balancing fruit, it is astonishingly good value for money, and bears little if any resemblance to the soapy flavoured apologies for Cavas in many of the multiples.The Castillo Perelada Rosado is an attractive rosé with good fruit flavour and was chosen out of a cast of hundreds as the official reception drink for the Spanish royal wedding – quite an accolade. Gran Claustro Vintage 2011 is their flagship; mainly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay it has a rich biscuity depth of flavour.

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Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva   MC
Price: £9.79  Bin No. SW23

Castillo Perelada Rosado  Brut Reserva   MC
Price: £9.79  Bin No. SW07

 

 

England

The ‘Classic Cuvée’ beat Dom Pérignon in a blind tasting and was served by the  Queen at her mother’s 100th birthday celebrations. Made from a blend of the great champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, it is arguably the greatest sparkling  wine from outside the champagne region. And don’t miss the supremely elegant ‘Non-Vintage Rosé’: - wonderful value.  The ‘Blanc de Blancs’ the wine that famously was mistaken for Billecart-Salmon Grand Cru by 13 out of 14 French wine judges in Paris in April 2016. Now on our list is the  single vineyard Tillington Estate and the two prestige cuvée wines ‘1086’ – only made in exceptional years and named after the year of the estate’s first mention in the Doomsday Book - that are set to rival the likes of Krug and Dom Pérignon.

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   Colehurst Brut NV North Shropshire MC
Price: £19.99  Bin No. SW11

 Colehurst Rose NV North Shropshire  Rose' West Sussex  MC
Price: £19.99  Bin No. SW12

2010 Nyetimber 'Classic Cuvée'  West Sussex  MC
Price: £27.95  Bin No. SW25

2009/10 Nyetimber 'Classic Cuvée'  Magnum West Sussex  150cl  MC
Price: £64.95  Bin No. SW26

 NV Nyetimber Rose' West Sussex  MC
Price: £34.95  Bin No. SW48

2009 Nyetimber 'Blanc de Blancs West Sussex  MC
Price: £37.50  Bin No. SW29

2010/13 Nyetimber 'Tillington Estate West Sussex  MC       
Price: £79.50  Bin No. SW24

2009 Nyetimber '1086 West Sussex  MC
Price: £125.00   Bin No. SW28

 NV Nyetimber  '1086' Rose' West Sussex  MC
Price: £145.00  Bin No. SW06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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