What I’m Drinking Now: Bubbly

AyalaNew Year’s is right around the corner, and bubbles are in the air…
There are so many selections out there, how to maneuver through them can be a bit overwhelming.  I have had a few options sent lately for consideration that I really enjoyed, and are also relatively easy to find in Dallas. 

AYALA Rosé Majeur Champagne– I wrote about Ayala Brut a few weeks ago, the Rose is equally as pleasing.  51% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier and 9% red wine from Mareuilsur- Aÿ (Pinot Noir from old French vines).  Aged 2 years on the lees, this sparkler is filled with creamy and nutty flavors, wrapped with bright cherry and strawberry.   Clean and elegant, this is a lovely selection to bring in the New Year with.

Codorníu Pinot Noir Rosé Brut  – Spanish Cava made from Pinot Noir grapes. This selection is impressive since Pinot is such a temperamental grape to grow, and I wouldn’t have thought Spain was the prime place for Pinot Noir growth.  Fermentation and bottle aging adhere to the “Méthode Traditionnelle” and strict D.O. Cava regulations.  The flavors follow the Pinot Noir profile, filled with blackberry and raspberry, mixed with fresh orange peel and a creamy palate from 12 months of aging on the lees (yeast).  This should retail around $15, and is a great option for the price.

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne–  As noted, I am a fan of Mumm’s sister winery in Napa, which produces several of my favorite sparklers; the original does not disappoint either.  45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier, this is a well structured bubbly, with peach, apricot and vanilla, and a balanced finish filled with toast and honey. 

Andre Clouet Brut Reserve – I had this just the other night and really enjoyed it.  Toasty, nutty aromas, with tiny, tiny bubbles.  Nicely balanced, filled with citrus and cream flavors.

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