Oz, Tim and Olly’s guide to the best sparklers at Let’s Get Fizzical

At our sparkling evening of summer fizz at Let’s Get Fizzical with Three Wine Men last week Oz, Tim and Olly were sipping, swirling and spitting through the wines on each table and have produced a list of their favourite fizz.  So if you missed out on getting tickets for this event or you were there but would like a reminder of the sparkling stunners you should be drinking this summer, look no further than Oz, Tim and Olly’s recommendations below.

Champagne Pol Roger
Champagne Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2009 (Champagne, France)
£75.00 Available from: Berry Bros & Rudd / Hedonism / Goedhuis
‘Sheer excellence – everything you’ve ever wanted from a glass of fizz; complexity, balance and brilliance.’ (Olly Smith)

Connoisseur Estates
Gauchezco Vineyard & Winery Sparkling Pinot Noir Extra Brut NV (Barrancas, Argentina)
£15.99 Available from: Ocado
‘Pale pink and aromatic with wild strawberry aromas and subtle sweetness, very drinkable.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Cono Sur
Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé NV (Bio Bio Valley, Chile)
£9.99 Available from: Tesco / Asda/ Ocado
‘Lovely, toasty, attractive and floral with raspberry fruit and a very long finish.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta
Contadi Castaldi Brut NV (Lombardy, Italy)
£33.00 Available from: www.contadicastadi.it
Dry, refreshing, malty notes with tangy acidity, citrus and pear and very small bubbles.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Exton Park Vineyard
Exton Park Rosé NV (South Downs, Hampshire, England)
£29.95 Available from: Amps Fine Wine / Wine Utopia / Wine Pantry / Butlers Wine Cellar
‘Lively, fresh, pale pink.  The electrifying vivid flavour that Exton always has – zesty, bright, really wakes you up.’ (Olly Smith)
Exton Park Pinot Meunier Rosé NV (South Downs, Hampshire, England)
£40.00 Available from: Butlers Wine Cellar / Corks Out, thefizzcompany.com
‘Lovely, fresh, focused and graceful with tangy acidity, chalky freshness and a core of raspberry sweetness.’ (Oz Clarke)

Gosset Champagne
Gosset Champagne Grand Blanc de Blancs Brut NV (Champagne, France)
£60.00 Available from: Davy’s Wine Merchants / The Whisky Exchange / The Wine Library / Uncorked
‘Magnificent bubbly that belongs in the top echelons of sparkling wine.  Zoom to a stockist and treat yourself.’ (Olly Smith)

Greyfriars Vineyard
Greyfriars Vineyard Classic Cuvée 2013 (Surrey, England)
£21.00 Available from: www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk / Hawkins Bros / Godalming Wine Co
‘From clearly the best-educated winemaker in England – and possibly the world – a beautiful, balanced, citrusy fizz   (P.S. We were at the same Oxford College.  Their degrees were better than mine.)’ (Oz Clarke)

Guido Berlucchi Franciacorta
Berlucchi ‘61 Nature 2010 (Lombardy, Italy)
£27.60 Available from: www.berlucchi.it
Creamy and youthful, with a hint of white pepper, slight peachy sweetness and white flower aromas.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Hoffmann & Rathbone
Hoffmann & Rathbone Rosé Réserve 2010 (Sussex, England)
£58.00 Available from: www.hoffmannandrathbone.co.uk
Delightful pale salmon pink, and then a really delicious, creamy, nutty richness. Beautifully mature, classy stuff.’ (Oz Clarke)

Jansz Tasmania
Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée NV (Tasmania, Australia)
£16.99 Available from: Oddbins / Philglas & Swiggot, Waitrose
‘Balanced freshness and excellent persistence from this cool climate cracker.’ (Olly Smith)

Lanson International UK
Champagne Lanson Extra Age Brut NV (Champagne, France)
£45.00 Available from: Marks and Spencer / Amazon / The Champagne Company
Black Label has always been an iconic Champagne, but it’s moved to a higher level since the introduction of Extra Age with its thrilling nutty depth and exciting acid tang.’ (Oz Clarke)

Lant Street Wine
Le Brun de Neuville Lady de N. Cuvée Chardonnay Brut NV (Champagne, France)
£37.00 Available from: www.lantstreetwine.com
A beautifully rich but finely focussed Champagne, bursting with creamy ripeness and crisp, juicy apple flesh fruit.’ (Oz Clarke)

Loire Valley Wines
Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Brut NV (Loire, France)
£15.00 Available from: Wood Winters
Vouvray is beginning to regain its glitter as a seriously good producer of spicy, deep, fascinating wines, as good as, but quite different to, Champagne.’ (Oz Clarke)

Nautilus Estate
Nautilus Estate Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV (Marlborough, New Zealand)
£24.99 Available from: The New Zealand Cellar, Amazon
Rich, bready aroma, creamy elegance and a flourish of finesse!’ (Olly Smith)

Nicolas Feuillatte
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve NV (Champagne, France)
£28.00 Available from: Waitrose
Nicolas Feuillatte are based in Chouilly and make use of some of the best vineyard sites in Champagne’s great Côte des Blanc – the white slope, home of Champagne’s finest Chardonnay which they marry here with Pinot Noir to produce a rich, fascinating, satisfying blend of high quality fruit and supremely refreshing bubbles.’ (Oz Clarke)

No1 Family Estate
No1 Family Estate Cuvée Virginie 2009 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
£46.25 Available from: Amathus Drinks
Immense richness and a glorious surge of delicious upbeat refreshment.  Superb.’ (Olly Smith)

Nyetimber Rosé MV (West Sussex, England)
£39.99 Available from: Majestic / Lea & Sandeman
Immense freshness, clarity, precision and poise.  English excellence that belongs in your glass.’ (Olly Smith)

Paul Mas
Astélia Grande Reserve Crémant de Limoux 2012 (Languedoc, France)
£12.99 Available from: Olivers Wine Warehouse
Round, creamy but full of crisp apple fruit and a refreshing pip-like bitter bite.  With fruit like this, no wonder someone decided to fizz it up in 1531.’ (Oz Clarke)

Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé NV (Sussex, England)
£30.00 Available from: Waitrose / Ridgeview / Wine Rack
Outstanding zesty summery fruit and gleaming local quality.  A pink star.’ (Olly Smith)

Schenk Italian Wineries
Rivani Prosecco DOCG NV (Vento, Italy)
£13.00 Available from: Roberson Wine
Floral, juicy, sweet, attractive, with notes of white flowers and peach and creamy bubbles.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

The Wine Society
The Society’s Champagne Brut NV (Champagne, France)
£29.50 Available from: The Wine Society
‘Impeccable.  A steal for the quality and lashings of personality for the price.’ (Olly Smith)

Trapiche Costa & Pampa Rosé NV (Chapadmalal, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
£14.95 Available from: Great Western Wine
Bronze pink in colour, elegant strawberry notes with subtle cranberry acidity.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Viña Valdivieso
Valdivieso Blanc de Blancs NV (Leyda Valley, Chile)
£18.00 Available from: www.valdiviesovineyard.com
Ethereal, zesty, upbeat refreshment for an incredibly friendly price!’ (Olly Smith)

Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV (Champagne, France)
£21.99 Available from: Waitrose Cellar
Waitrose own label Champagnes have been hot high street favourites for years and this Blanc de Noirs is a stunner, made from some of Champagne’s riper Pinot Noir grapes.’ (Oz Clarke)

Wines of Brasil
Miolo Brut Millesime 2012 (Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil)
£19.00 Available from: Wined Up Here
2012, yet still so fresh, yeasty and savoury and well made with a citrus peel finish.’ (Tim Atkin MW)

Wiston Estate Winery
Wiston Estate Cuvée 2013 (Sussex, England)
£32.95 Available from: Corney & Barrow / www.wistonestate.com / Booths
Mmm, Dermot the wild Irish wine wizard has weaved magic spells with this deep, thoughtful, spice and brioche crust beauty.’ (Oz Clarke)

Oltrenero Brut Nature Oltrepo Pavese DOCG 2010 (Oltrepò Pavese, Italy)
£30.00 Available from: www.zonin.co.uk
Buzzing with bubbles and purity, a great fun choice to quench all summer long.’ (Olly Smith)


To see the tasting book from the event with all the wines listed please click here.