It has to be something sparkling to see in the new year, so here are some interesting bottles rather than the usual Cava and Prosecco.
If it needs to be Champagne then Sainsbury’s £20 Blanc de Noirs Champagne does a good job with some complexity, a toasty feel and great length.
Alternatively from France, The Society’s Celebration Crémant de Loire (The Wine Society £11.50 or six for £57) is amazingly refined given the price and made by one of the Loire’s most recognisable producers, Gratien & Meyer for the society. Dry with some apple and citrus notes and a long, tasty finish.
Miru Miru Brut NV, Hunters, Marlborough (Wine Society £14.95) is another classy fizz from cool climate New Zealand, which seem to get better and better. Rich with biscuit, citrus and pears and a gorgeous texture. One of my top fizzes of the year.
One of my sparkling surprises of the year is from Argentina, a country better known for its chocolatey Malbecs. This is really and made by Moët & Chandon.
It has a lovely pale pink colour with red fruits and citrus, followed by a creamy but well-balanced palate. Easy to sip all night not just when the clock strikes midnight.
Majestic has it for £20.99 but £13.98 if you mix and match two bottles.