Fizz to pop for New Year—
My advice on this year’s pop is to splash out on the first bottle, savour its splendour, then hit the bargain stuff and ride a giant surge of froth into 2021. For treats, I’ve been wowed by English fizz all year. Ridgeview’s Oak Reserve from Sussex is like nothing I’ve tasted from England before and worthy of its £75 tag. For top homegrown talent, Tommy Grimshaw at Langham Estate in Dorset is one to watch. At just 24 he’s one of the most insightful winemakers I know and has the brightest future ahead. In hands like his, I’m thrilled to raise my glass to the future of British bubbly.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
Finest 1531 Blanquette de Limoux (12.5%) £9.50 Tesco. Double whammy of bargain and brilliance, best value to sip and surge into 2021.
Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Nature NV (12%) £38.95 Henningswine.co.uk. Super zesty bone-dry bubbles from a smaller producer that deserve great fame.
Pol Roger 2013 (12.5%) £69.95 Masterofmalt.com. Majestic Scrumptious precision, this flavoursome and focussed fizz is beyond brilliant. Splash out.
Ridgeview Oak Reserve NV Single Vineyard NV (12%) £75 ridgeview.co.uk. Radical English fizz that’s rich, nervy and thrilling. A detonation of delight.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Langham Corallian Classic Cuvée NV (12%) £26 langhamwine.co.uk. Bright as a sunlit vapour trail carved by an apple slice. Top British bubbly.
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