Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
Vintages
Made in: Luxembourg
By: Bernard-Massard S.A.

A Luxembourg Sparkling with a creamier head than most. Yeasty nose with mostly apples. Dry enough mouthfeel, but mostly crisp. Again, apples and yeast in the taste, all on the mild side. Light yeast lingers. Hints of bananas. Nothing really offensive, unless you prefer hardly no yeast. Easy to drink overall and presentable. Still, the Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco we just had a week ago, was way better and less expensive, all in the Vintages.

Rating: 3.3/5

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Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz

imageLCBO#: 381236
Price: $29.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford Wines
Year: 2009

Celebrating a big b-day, decided to try a pricier Sparkling, from a winery we like so far. Sour nose with citrus notes over the white grapes which seems on the sweet side, with hints of candy berries. The taste starts off with the sourness, going through the sugary grapes and finishes with a mix of dry mouthfeel, mild alcohol and tart from the yeast. The aftertaste is the weak spot here. The sweetness and sourness is good, but overall, not the best balanced Sparkling. Especially for the price. Gets better with time, releasing some nice apple notes.

Rating: 3.7/5

Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche

20131117-162908.jpgLCBO#: 315200
Price: $44.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery
Vintage 2008

This Vintage Canadian Sparkling comes in a box and pours a creamier white head than most. Beautiful aromas of apples and grape with just enough yeast to balance things. The taste starts off kind of mild with some sourness, but this one gets quite sour in the middle to linger a bit. So, if you like a sour sparkling, this one is definitely for you. Pretty good for the rest, but not sure about the pricing and marketing behind this one.

Rating: 3.7/5

Vouvray Domaine du Clos de l’Epinay

20131103-165850.jpgLCBO#: 298398
Price: $20.95
Made in: Loire, France
By: Domaine du Clos De l’Epinay
2007

This French sparkling is on the sour side at first pour. The first sip is quite sour with citrus notes, but it all calms down after that. Lots of different apples seem to take over in all departments. A certain sweetness, like sugar, comes in the nose. The taste is a mix of red apples with a few green ones and hints of citrus fruits. A little yeast appears in the finish, which is pretty quick. A decent bubbly, but not worth the price overall. For those who like the apples. Just wish the good taste would linger longer.

Rating: 3.8/5

Grande Cuvée 1531 de Aimery

20131013-163500.jpgLCBO#: 350371
Price: $19.95
Made in: Southwest, France
By: Aimery Siuer D’Arques

We like these Crémant de Limoux Sparkling and this one is no exception. Sweet fruity nose with some apples, grapes, sour citrus and hints of peach. Mild creamy mouthfeel and not too dry. The taste is very well-balanced between the sweetness, the sourness and the light dryness. At first, this bubbly is more on the sweet side, but with time, it goes on the sour side. The yeast is very well-blended in all departments making this one a winner. Highly recommended for easy drinking in the under $20 range. Would buy more.

Rating: 4.2/5

Sàniger Brut Nature Reserva

20130929-171323.jpgLCBO#: 348813
Price: $15.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Loxarel

This Spanish Sparkling is imported by Laxorel in Ontario. Yeast nose at first but it does not take much for green apples and lemon sourness to blend in. The taste is watery at first, but does get stronger. Same decent flavours found in the aromas (apples, lemon, sour) followed by very light yeast in the finish. This one is short resulting in mild aftertaste. Real easy-drinking and not offensive at all, for those who like a nice sourness.

Rating: 3.2/5

Schwach Blanc de Blancs Crémant d’Alsace

schwachLCBO#: 268060
Price: $18.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Domaine Francois Schwach
Varietal: Chardonnay

This sparkling done “Méthode Traditionnelle” gives out lots of yeast at opening, with apples and some sourness. Slightly dry mouthfeel. The taste is pretty close to the aromas with the yeast, thankfully, being a little milder. The apples take over, even over the sourness in the finish. The aftertaste is where it takes a dive. The mix between the apples and the yeast seems a bit weird. A bit like eating an apple gone bad. Alright, but not worth the price.

Rating: 2.3/5