3 wines to try, buy and put by
An alternative French sparkler, an undervalued gem and a Reserve Cuvée.
In France, Spain, Germany and Italy - where they all have regional sparkling wine - Champagne is only bought when a Rolls-Royce sparkler is required. Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bourgogne, prosecco, Seckt, Asti and cava all sell well. In Ireland we have now embraced this concept, with prosecco, cava and New World wines, but when it comes to alternative French sparklers, we baulk. Our vision of Champagne blinds us to regional charms such as this....
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