There’s something about the holidays that screams bubbly. And, I’m all about making the month of December colorful so I’ve chosen my five favorite pink bubbles. They are all French and all five are made from Pinot Noir grapes (thus the pale pink color caused by a short contact with Pinot’s red skins).
Four of the five are Champagnes (only sparkling wine made in the region of Champagne can legally be called Champagne.) The fifth one, called Cremant in lieu of Champagne), is made just across the border in France’s Burgundy which is contiguous with Champagne. The Cremant is a crazy steal, two are in the moderate price range for Champagne, the other two are about 80 bucks but represent terrific quality even for this upper range. All are non- vintage.
Listed in order of ascending price:
JCB “69” Cremant. We were served this “sparkling wine” recently in the home of two bon vivants in the wine business. It was superb. When I was told the price ($9.99 at Costco), we went out immediately and purchased a case.
Ployez-Jacquemart Rosé: We always take our Wine-Knows groups to this family-owned boutique producer in the Champagne countryside just outside of Reims. I can’t think of another Champagne house that produces such a terrific value. $45 online.
Paul Bara Brut Rosé: Consistently ranked with an outstanding quality price ratio by many international critics, this one is a perennial favorite of ours. Available at good wine shops and online at $60 Wine.com
Mouton Rothschild Rosé: Mouton Rothchild is famous for its Bordeaux, however, its Champagne (made, of course, in Champagne) is a knockout. $75 at various online stores. Thanks, Carrol & Steve, for this winning introduction.
Billecart Salmon Rosé: I was gifted this wine >30 years ago for my birthday and still remember my first sip. The bottle’s shape is seductive, but it’s the contents of the bottle that will completely seduce you. BevMo which offers it for $79.99.
Have a bubbly holiday season....