NV Crémant de Limoux, Cuvée Sélection Brut, Domaine Collin, France
£14.90 £13.90 per bottle
When I first tasted this wine, my handwritten tasting note simply said, ‘best Crémant ever’. Made by the son of a Champagne-maker, Philippe Collin uses the traditional method and also a classic recipe of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay to make a wine which is dreamily delicious in every respect. While Limoux, in the South of France, is a long way from Champagne, the altitude of this wonderful, bijoux, wine region is perfect for making elegant sparklers. With 15 months of lees ageing, this is every inch a ‘cheat-Champs’, but its price tag and wonderful precocity mark it out and something rare and different. Save cash and fall in love with this stunningly elegant wine this season.