91 Insider Points
You can’t go wrong with a French sparkler under $10, the quality is guaranteed and the price is definitely right. Expect a glass that’s fun and bubbly, with green apple and lemon lime acidity over a mellow toast. Bone dry, sparkly and delicious. Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Mar 2016
Vin Mousseux, France
A blast for your next bash, this is a crazily yummy deal in authentic French Blanc de Blancs. This bubbly even passes for NV Champagne, though without the froufrou price.
The Silver Cap Blanc de Blanc is a tank-fermented sparkling wine aged for four months for added depth and yeastiness and bottled with gobs of creamy, enticing froth in a style meant to refresh and enliven. It’s priced to buy by the case and pour with abandon during parties and big dinners, and it seriously over delivers for the price—mimicking Blanc de Blanc Champagne with its toasty, citrusy charm!
According to the Wine Enthusiast: “this lightweight sparkler’s flavors veer toward lemon and stones…should pair well with raw shellfish.” Our Tasting Team adores with bubbly with cracked crab and any dish featuring shrimp, it’s also a bright and effervescent foil for spicy cuisine and does double duty as a glass for toasts regardless of every stripe.
Reasons why we love it:
This non-vintage bubbly was produced in the charmat method, popular for many regional sparkling wines, in which the secondary fermentation occurs in tank. Wines are drawn-off and bottled as needed, which means these are always fresh, frothy, irresistibly fun to drink, celebratory wines meant for parties and to satisfy a big, uncomplicated, festive thirst!
The Boisset family—one of Burgundy’s great names—makes this sparkler from grapes grown in the South of France and vinified at Boisett’s state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility in the heart of Burgundy.
The blancs used for this bubbly are Ugni Blanc and Chenin Blanc, two grapes widely used throughout France for outstanding sparkling wine with small percentages of Chardonnay and Colombard. Chenin provides its typical green apple and honeyed fruit while Ugni Blanc is the source of this wine’s laser-like acidity and refreshment. Chardonnay adds a creamy, roundness and Colombard is all about brightness and floral aromatics.
This Brut is tank-fermented and aged for at least four months to create a sparkler with fresh, fruity aromas and extremely fine bubbles. Pale gold color with elegant, fine bubbles. Fresh and fruity with undertones of toast and honey. Verywell-balanced and just a delight to drink.
Francoise Chauvenet was founded in 1853. The house is owned by Bouchard Aine who produce several good value wines under the label. Winemaker Laurent Mairet crafts attractive wines, designed to be approachable - a useful philosophy for Burgundy-philes who lack space or patience to cellar wines for decades.
Perfect alongside seafood starters, sushi, mixed berry tart, on a Sunday fternoon.