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Sparkling Wines: The Spirit of the Holidays

By J.M. Towers


 

Champagne is possibly the world's most famous sparkling wine, but there are similar bubblies from different origins that have nothing to envy the ones produced in France.

We would like to recommend an excellent French Champagne, exquisite Spanish cava, a delicious sparkling wine from Argentina and a beautiful bubbly from Chile to celebrate with joy and warmth the upcoming holiday season.






Luxury by Moët & Chandon

This famous French label just launched its new MCIII (MC, for Moet & Chandon, and the III for the three environments in which is aged). The MCIII includes wines aged in three different milieus, each of which is represented in the sophisticated bottle design: wood, glass, and metal. The result is a limited edition champagne with perfect bubbles, fruity flavors reminiscent of citrus, bergamot, toasted notes, French pastries, and pralines. It has a strong, slightly bitter and thoroughly satisfying finish.















Juvé & Camps La Capella 2005

A sublime cava
Although wonderful cavas are being produced practically all over Spain, it is in Catalonia—specifically in the Penedès—where some of the best are made. The firm Juve & Camps makes a cava that will delight all sparkling wine lovers: Juve & Camps La Capella 2005. This cava boasts excellent structure and remarkable complexity, featuring notes of Viennese pastries and nuts. As you taste it, you perceive its elegance, finesse, and high balance. The Capella 2005 is a superb Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava.














Altavista Atemporal 2011

The Argentinian passion for wine
The D'Aulans are a French family devoted to the production of wine who settled in Chacras de Coria, near Mendoza—a renowned wine region in Argentina. Among the great wines they produce, we find especially noteworthy their prestigious Altavista Atemporal 2011, a sparkling wine available in the world’s best restaurants. It is made from selected chardonnay and pinot noir grapes and shows a bright yellow color with persistent bubbles, aromas of white fruits (pears, apples, bananas), with hints of vanilla from the barrel and pleasant aromas of pastries, typical of fermentation. When tested, it denotes great balance, flavor and freshness, with toasty notes and slight hints of peach and quince. It is a perfect bubbly to celebrate an important occasion. 













Echeverría Espumante 2006

A wonderful sparkling wine from Chile 
The Chilean winery Viña Echeverria, located in the heart of the fertile Curico Valley—one of the places in the world with the best conditions for wine producing—has created a true gem that will captivate all wine lovers. It is the 2006 Echeverria Espumante, a vintage that evokes aromas of peach, pineapple, and ripe apples, with notes of freshly baked pastries and a hint of freshly cut grass.

The Chilean winery Viña Echeverria, located in the heart of the fertile Curico Valley—one of the places in the world with the best conditions for wine producing—has created a true gem that will captivate all wine lovers. It is the 2006 Echeverria Espumante, a vintage that evokes aromas of peach, pineapple, and ripe apples, with notes of freshly baked pastries and a hint of freshly cut grass. The palate is complex and fruity, with a pleasant, harmonious and balanced bitterness. This is a French-style sparkling wine that surprises for its outstanding organoleptic properties.







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