It's the time of year to break out the bubbly and celebrate the year that was, the year that will be and give toasts to health and happiness of family and friends. Here are some sparklers from Chateau des Charmes, Méthode Traditionnelle production (Champagne method of secondary fermentation in the bottle). These fizzes have a new festive package with a dash of bling.
Chateau des Charmes 2012 Rosé sparkling wine, Méthode Traditionnelle (50%/50% Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir dosage, recently disgorged, 1.5 years on the lees). $28.95. Vintages +78055 on February 6 2016 (St. Valentine's Day release), but also available NOW at the winery and its stores. It has always been one of my fave Rose sparklers. Rated: 91+
HARVEST DATE: September 15th 2012 ALCOHOL: 12.4% CASES PRODUCED: 250 (12-bottle cases).
Then, Chateau des Charmes N/V Brut sparkling wine, Méthode Traditionnelle (50%/50% Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, recently disgorged, 3 years on the lees. $22.75. LCBO +224766
ALCOHOL: 12.5% CASES PRODUCED: 2877. Available also now at the winery and its stores. It is a very good toasty fizz at a ridiculously low price. Great for those endless New Year celebrations. Rated: 89+
The third in the trio is a Chateau des Charmes 2012 Blanc de Blancs Brut sparkling wine, Methode Traditonnelle (100% Chardonnay) that will be featured at the next i4C in July, and will be in limited release at the winery and their two retail stores (Toronto & Ottawa) early in the New Year. Price, etc. TBD.
More details are at www.chateaudescharmes.com