Christmas wouldn’t be festive without a bottle of something fizzy – it’s the ultimate celebration wine.
My favourite fizz (that’s not Champagne) is Jansz Rose NV, Tasmania (£15.25 from oddbins.com and £16 from ocado.com) with its gorgeous delicate pink colour and red fruits on the nose. This is followed by a creamy texture, delicate mousse and more red fruits on the palate. It’s utterly delicious.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV (widely available on offer at Tesco, £24.66 down from £36.99) is one of the few remaining prestigious Champagne houses that remains family-owned. It thoroughly deserves its reputation as classic Champagne. It is dry but has plenty of honeyed fruit. There’s also a little brioche and a long, very well-balanced finish.
The Co-operative Les Pionniers Brut NV Champagne
This is one of the best Champagnes on the shelves this Christmas. Made by Piper Heidsieck, it has great pedigree and seems to have won countless awards this year. An elegant style with apple and citrus fruit, there’s just a hint of toast. This would be perfect with a breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, or to sip while you open the presents.
The Co-operative, £16.99