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

Veuve Ambal

imageLCBO#: 209619
Price: $19.95
Made in: Burgundy, France
By: Veuve Ambal

This French Sparkling from the Burgundy region is quite something. Starts off with a sour nose, but gets balanced with time. Lots of apples over the grapes. Some nice fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is a very nice dryness and the mild yeast lingers in the end. The flavours are also full of apples and grapes. Eventually, some sugar notes come out of the aromas. Beautiful classy label which represents very well this great affordable bubbly.

Rating: 4.1/5