On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me…a fabulous sparkling wine from Green & Blue.
Forget over processed, mass produced, expensive champagne this Christmas and treat yourself to the very best in natural fizz. A petillante naturel, made with organic grapes and no chemicals, is not only delicious but has to be better for you too!
If traditional is your thing, then the Domaine Benoit Courault ‘Le Petit Chemin’ Petillante Naturel will suit you down to the ground. Made to ancient methods from old Chenin vines in the Loire, the bubbles are soft, fine and beautifully subtle (or as Kate Thal would put it “far less rambunctious than more exuberant fizzy wine…”). This has to be one of my favourite ‘finds’ this year and at £15.75 it is a fraction of the price of any champagne of a similar quality. With honey, apple and citrus flavours I’ll be having this as a pre-Christmas dinner tipple with my family.
For a perfect party sparkler for New Year, try Domaine Jean Maupertuis Petillant Pink Bulles. A sparkling rose, it is made with grapes from a tiny (3.5 hectare) parcel of Gamay vines in the Cotes d’Auvergne region and, following traditional methods, the first fermentation is finished in bottle. A delicate pink with gentle bubbles and berry fruit flavours, it is oh so easy to drink and makes for a fabulous apperitif or party wine.
It is with a heavy heart that I publish this post which was written earlier this week, before I had heard the incredibly sad news that Green & Blue will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of this year. It will be a huge loss to East Dulwich. Not only will we lose the best wine shop on earth, but one of my favourite local places to eat – nibbles and a glass of fino up at the bar, Sunday brunch with family, wine dinners with old School of Wine friends and birthday lunches aplenty… Green & Blue, we will miss you.
Domaine Benoit Courault ‘Le Petit Chemin’ Petillante Naturel
Domaine Jean Maupertuis Petillant Pink Bulles
Green & Blue
38 Lordship Lane