Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Alc. 12.5 %
We're always on the hunt for great sparkling wines to feature in our December packages, and this year we found something incredible - a non-vintage Champagne from Marquis de la Mystèriale! The name might ring a bell: we've featured both a red and a rosé from this estate in the past, and their wines have always seriously over-delivered on quality. This Champagne is no exception and will be the perfect treat to ring in the new year!
Unlike Prosecco, the carbonation in Champagne comes from the fact that the secondary fermentation takes place directly in the bottle. The process results in much finer, more persistent bubbles and more complex, biscuity aromas. NV, or non-vintage Champagne, is always a blend of several years' worths of wines, which allows the winery to create a consistent house style. It's often the best introduction to a Champagne house, since it expresses their individual style and perspective. Maison de Grand Esprit favours a Chardonnay-dominant blend for this Champagne, which contributes bright fruit aromas and crisp acidity.
Serve at a well-chilled 8 C to celebrate anything at all!
Cuvée Grand Esprit Marquis de la Mystèriale pours a golden yellow with a fine, persistent bubble. Aromas of Granny Smith apple and pear are joined by bight citrus, reminiscent of lemon zest and lime. Champagne's signature warm, toasty notes are present, along with a steely minerality, but the vibrant fruit is the star of the show!
On the palate, the mousse is delicate and prickly and carries flavours of lemon meringue, lime, and green and red apples. The biscuity notes return on the long, lingering finish, with vibrant acidity throughout. This is a great introduction to NV Champagne that will appeal to prosecco lovers and die-hard Champagne fans alike!
Champagne pairs well with just about anything, but we recommend skipping the old-school, high-society caviar and oysters in favour of 'everyday' comfort foods - nothing makes fish and chips, roast chicken, or pasta in cream sauce feel fancier than serving it with a great glass of Champagne!