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Borgo Maragliano La Caliera Moscato d’Asti DOCG (screwcap) 2022-Champagne & Sparkling-World Wine
Borgo Maragliano La Caliera Moscato d’Asti DOCG (screwcap) 2022
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Massolino Moscato d'Asti 2022 (375ml)-Champagne & Sparkling-World Wine
Massolino Moscato d'Asti 2022 (375ml)
  • italy
Quealy Splendido 2021-Champagne & Sparkling-World Wine
Quealy Splendido 2021
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Massolino Moscato d'Asti 2021-Champagne & Sparkling-World Wine
Massolino Moscato d'Asti 2021
  • italy
Champagne and sparkling wines hold a unique position in the world of wines, representing celebration, joy, and milestones achieved. Originating from the Champagne region of France, true Champagne is the result of meticulous winemaking processes, specific grape varieties, and the region's unique terroir. However, the love for bubbly has transcended borders, leading to the creation of sparkling wines across the world, each with its distinct character. Prosecco, from Italy's Veneto region, offers a fruity and aromatic profile, while Spain's Cava, made using the traditional method, brings forward crisp and complex flavors. Meanwhile, the New World is not far behind with regions like California's Napa Valley or Australia's Yarra Valley producing sparkling wines that challenge and delight the palate in equal measure. What sets these effervescent wines apart is the magic of their tiny bubbles. The method of production, be it the Traditional Method or the Charmat Method, determines the bubble size, texture, and persistence, adding to the wine's allure. The delicate mousse on the tongue, combined with flavors ranging from citrusy and floral to toasty and nutty, makes every sip an adventure. Pairing Champagne and sparkling wines with food is also an art. From the classic combination of oysters and Champagne to the delightful contrast of salty popcorn with a crisp bubbly, the possibilities are endless. So, whether it's a grand celebration or a quiet evening with loved ones, these wines ensure every moment becomes a memory.
Champagne is synonymous with celebrations. The French fizzy wine is undoubtedly festive. And although winemakers make sparkling wine in almost every wine region worldwide, none match Champagne in quality and prestige. Yes, Champagne lives up to its hype, and that’s partially why the wine style is costly. The good news? Not all Champagne is expensive; there’s extraordinary value in the mid-tier range below $100. The best French Champagne is not necessarily the higher priced: the best Champagne under $100 is as delightful as pricier bottles! Let’s talk about the best cheap Champagne.
Wine labelled as Champagne must come from the French region of the same name around the towns of Epernay and Reims. Here, winemaking goes back to the Middle Ages, and sparkling wine is the specialty. This is no ordinary sparkling wine — it’s made with the labour-intensive and time-consuming Méthode Champenoise. The best French Champagne also ages for years in dark cellars, where the wine gains complexity, and, as you know, time is money! The best cheap Champagne is also made with the meticulous winemaking process. Still, the fruit used to make it doesn’t necessarily come from the most prestigious Grand Cru sites, so the wines are not particularly pricey. The wine is still delicious and an easy decision for every day and special occasion wines. These are our favourite mid-priced Champagnes.
This 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier is made with grapes from over thirty-five vineyards. The result is balanced sparkling wine with fruit on the nose and a creamy but thirst-quenching palate. Taittinger is the largest family-owned estate in Champagne.
This salmon-coloured sparkler has refreshing acidity and inviting scents of ripe red berries and cherries over an attractive, dry palate. Pommery is a well-known Maison de Champagne established in 1868; it’s a popular tourist destination for its Elizabethan Chateau and its Gallo-Roman caves — every bottle of sparkling wine ages in these dim-lit, chalky cellars!
A fruit-forward 100% Pinot Noir with finesse and elegance on every sip. Honeyed notes mingle with fruit scents on the palate for an extraordinarily priced Blanc de Noir. Devaux doesn’t enjoy the fame of more commercial Champagne houses, so its wines are often better priced while of the same quality.
Pommery surprises us again with a terrific value. Fresh, elegant and subtle, this Champagne is Chardonnay-heavy, and the fruit comes from the famous Côte des Blancs. Although dry, Brut Royal is smooth on the palate and generous — persistent on the back palate and lively from start to finish.
Citrus peels and green apples are persistent in this lovely sparkler. The wine doesn’t undergo Malo-lactic fermentation, so it is crisp and tart — the ideal apéritif. This cuvée by Marniquet is made with 60% Meunier and 40% Chardonnay. Few Champagne houses offer this quality for the price, which has given this Maison global recognition.
Champagne is expensive to make; therefore, it is pricier than other sparkling wines — add to that the region’s fame, and you’re looking at some of the most expensive wines in the world! Still, there’s immense value in the area if you know where to look. If you need a place to start, find the best French Champagne in Australia at World Wine.