Edmond Barnaut Champagne

Best wines August 2015 Champagne Barnaut Grand Cru. NV and Bric del Salto 2013

It’s time to break away from the notion of popping open the Champagne just to celebrate a special occasion. Like the French, we should see this unique, sparkling wine as an accompaniment to any meal – budget permitting! With this in mind, number one on our list is the Champagne Barnaut Blanc de Noirs Grand Cru. NV.  The grapes come from south facing slopes above the village of Bouzy (yes, that’s really what it is called) on the Montagne de Reims. Though dry, there is plenty of real substance and fruit on the palate. The finish is long, round and rich balanced with a fresh edge.

Alcohol: 12.5% abv
Producer: Edmond Barnaut á Bouzy, France
Style: Rich, complete, blanc de noirs Champagne
Retailer: Lea & Sandeman Ltd.
Price: £27.95 per bottle

Our second recommendation is Bric del Salto 2013, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC. A characterful red from Piedmont and the perfect to accompany the al fresco dining experience. We think it is especially well suited to char-grills of meat. Bric del Salto offers a clear picture of what Dolcetto is all about: an intriguing contrast of freshness and soft fruitiness underlaid by a mineral-informed shapeliness … a classic Italian red wine well worth serving slightly chilled, or certainly cellar-cool, on a hot day. Buon’ gusto!

Alcohol: 12.5% abv
Producer: Az. Agr. Sottimano, Nieve
Style:Approachable fresh classic Dolcetto
Retailer: Lea & Sandeman Ltd.
Price: £13.75 per bottle

For more information about our Summer wine choices see John Ducker’s full report on our Wine Education Services site.

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