- Pol Roger Brut Non Vintage
- Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Brut Non-Vintage
- Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne
Pol Roger Brut Non Vintage (also called Extra Cuvée reserve)
If there is such a thing as an "entry level" champagne, this
would be my pick. Pale straw colour with an active mousse; the nose is
lemony and fresh with a yeasty note; medium-bodied with a fresh green
apple and lemon persistence. Nicely balanced and brisk on the finish.
Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Brut Non-Vintage
~$32 a bottle (sold in cases of 6 through consignment: contact Peter Wearing
at The Small Winemakers Collection 416-463-7178)
This wine is about to arrive in Toronto, so keep an eye out for it. It's
one of Italy's best champagne-method sparkling wines. A blend of 75% Chardonnay,
15% Pinot Bianco and 10% Pinot Nero. Straw coloured with apple, honey
and peach notes on the nose; full on the palate with a long, citrus finish.
Krug Grande Cuvee Champagne
This is the ultimate experience in non-vintage champagnes. The Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from 30 different vineyards
and the final blend can be from reserves of six or more vintages. The
Krug style comes from the oak fermentation and the predominant Pinot noir.
The wines are fermented in 205-litre casks and between 30,000 cases and
40,000 cases are produced, depending on the harvest.
Deeply coloured with fine active bubbles; a nose redolent with toasted
nuts and apple; mouth-filling yet elegant, beautifully balanced with a
lingering lemony finish. Rich enough to accompany a steak; polished and
elegant enough to serve as an aperitif.