Sparkling wine and Champagne - festive season recommendations

Article date: 1 December 2010

Sparkling

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling Wine, New Zealand NV

  • £19.99 (Waitrose)
  • “Is this New Zealand’s best sparkling wine? It could well be, and it’s certainly a more interesting wine than the sauvignon blanc with which Cloudy Bay made its name.” – David Williams (The Observer)

Champagne

Pol Roger Reserve Champagne NV France

  • £25 reduced from £35 until 31 January (Majestic)
  • “Another big name currently producing superb non- vintage champagne. Subtle and elegant.” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

Ayala Brut Majeur Champagne NV France

  • £27.99 (Oddbins)
  • “Each mouthful of this Bollinger-owned champagne seems filled with anticipation…” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)

Bollinger Rosé Champagne NV France

  • £40 reduced from £50 (Majestic)
  • “subtle scent of raspberries and cherry blossom. So good it’s hard to know whether to sip and savour, or gulp greedily.” – Victoria Moore (The Daily Telegraph)