With summer in full swing, here are our recommendations for some of the best fizzes to make the season sparkle.
Words: Ben McCormack and Mark de Wesselow
Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé
It’s fair to say that eyebrows were raised when Moët launched Ice Impérial in 2011, when the idea of a Champagne designed to be drunk with ice seemed like heresy. Now though it seems as much a part of English summer as strawberries and cream – which is what this demi-sec rosé tastes like. If you’re still not sold on drinking Champagne on the rocks, you can always try this without ice – the sweetness is a perfect match for red-berry desserts.
Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old
Veuve’s newest cuvée is called Extra Old because it is made from 100 per cent reserve wines from six different vintages, with each wine aged for a minimum of six years. And it’s called Extra Brut because it has a very low dosage of just 3g of sugar. All of which adds up to a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and fresh delicacy on the palate. Drink it by itself in the sunshine to make the most of that thrilling dryness, or with summer lunches of seafood and fresh fruit.
Zonin Cuvée 1821
Light and refreshing in style, this 100 per cent Glera grape Prosecco exudes easy-going pleasure, with subtle floral and nutty aromas and a delightfully smooth, fresh pear palate. While it’s marginally off-dry it has a deliciously fresh finish. It’s versatile to pair with food – sushi or fried squid would both be a brilliant match – but essentially it’s a great appetiser to start any occasion. Good value too.
£8.99 (Mix Six Price) majestic.co.uk
This article was published 6 July