Trapiche Extra Brut

LCBO#: 262261
Price: $12.95
Made in: Argentina
By: Penaflor/Trapiche

This Argentinian Sparkling blends very well Chardonnay, Semillon and Malbec grapes. Yeasty nose at first, but the grapes come out with hints of apples. The mouthfeel is dry, but not extreme. Flavours are even milder, but much of the same as the aromas. Finish is short. All-in-all, this is a great Sparkling for the price. Classy looking bottle, light sourness in the mouth. Yep, we would buy more of this, anytime.

Rating: 3.8/5

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Bottega Vino dei Poeti Rosé Brut

LCBO#: 277202
Price: $14.95
Made in: Italy
By: Bottega SPA

An inexpensive Italian Bubbly that is very light pink in colour. The aromas are sweet with some citrus notes. Kind of like Sprite or 7up, but with hints of strawberries. The taste is not as sweet as expected, with some sourness at first with a dry middle and some mild strawberry in the finish. Alcohol is felt as well. Mild yeast lingers on the tongue with some light tart and nuts. Decent overall for the price.

Rating: 3.4/5

Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

LCBO#: 340570
Price: $17.50
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantina Sociale Valdobbiadene
Year: 2015

This Italian Sparkling wine is always a good one to get at the LCBO. Brunello Imports makes it easy to get this in Ontario. Aromas are sweet and fruity with apples and hints of pears. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Just fruitiness with some decent dryness. Yeast lingers on the tongue. This bubbly is nothing too crazy, too out of this world… but very well-balanced overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

imageLCBO#: 420364
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5

Chandon Brut Classic

imageLCBO#: 218032
Price: $29.85
Made in: California, USA
By: Domaine Chandon

Nice limited edition bottle with the blue stripes and red ribbon. Yeast nose with some sweetness from the grapes to balance things, with hints of sourness. Flavours of the fruit as well, with well-blended sweetness and sourness. The yeast lingers in the finish, giving the almond notes described on the back of the label. Decent dryness, but not as much as suggested on back. Find it a little more on the sweet side, but this makes it easy to drink. We like this one, but more of a treat (for the price).

Rating: 3.9/5

Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut

imageLCBO#: 619288
Price: $12.40
Made in: Hungary
By: Torley Pezsgopinceszet Kft

Tried this inexpensive Hungarian Sparkling a few years back, and did not mind it for the price. The nose is sweet with some sugar notes over hints of citrus and yeast that come out with time. The taste starts off with a little sweetness, but turns quickly to sourness with the citrus (lemon). Yeast eventually shows up in the aftertaste with a nuttiness lingering. Quite surprising how this one is good for the price. Nothing crazy, but nothing really offensive.

Rating: 3.4/5

Bestheim Brut Crémant d’Alsace

imageLCBO#: 141184
Price: $19.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Bestheim, Les Caves De Bennwihr

This French Sparkling releases mild aromas of apples, grapes with hints of vanilla. Pretty close to the same for the flavours. Dry mouthfeel, pretty crisp. Not crazy in taste, but some citrus creating some light sourness, with some very slight yeast in the finish. This Crémant d’Alsace is quite easy to enjoy. Dry all around, mildly fruity and a great alternative to the real Champagne. Especially for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5