#2 NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé: This is the ultimate Rosé Champagne. Billecart-Salmon is one of only four 10/10 Maisons from Tyson Stelzer, rubbing shoulders with Krug, Salon and Bollinger.
#3 2013 Demeter Zoltan Eszter Tokaji Cuvée: Demeter Zoltan’s winery was founded in 1996 with the intent to take a full and active part in the recognition and rediscovery of Tokaj Terroir and its wine.
#4: NV Cattier Clos du Moulin Brut Premier Cru: This Maison predates the French Revolution. Their pedigree highlights this elegant expression of the Clos du Moulin – not to mention it’s made on Rue Dom Perignon in Chigny Les Roses…
#5 NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat: Anyone who has ever tasted Chambers fortified Tokay or Muscat realises the world’s reference point for these wines begins and ends with Chambers.
Established in 1858 by William Chambers and his son Phillip, the Chambers family have been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations.
While the legendary Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who heads up the winemaking team after taking over the operation in 2001.
He is continuing the tradition of producing highly prized fortified wines such as Muscat and Muscadelle, which famed wine writer Robert Parker described as “nothing less than national treasures” and “some of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines”.
The first thing you notice on arriving is the impressive array of bottles on the tasting bar, with more than 30 different wines, including many lesser-known wines such as Muscadelle, Blue Imperial (Cinsault) and Roussanne. Look out for a particularly interesting and rare variety called Gouais, a parent plant of Chardonnay, Riesling and as more recently discovered, up to 80 different varieties.
Rosewood’s gnarled old low-yielding vines, many of which are more than 100 years old, yield fruit brimming with highly concentrated flavours for their world-renowned wine styles.
This small winery is truly a treasure and not to be missed.
#6 NV Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Grand Cru: Beyond current enthusiasm for these exciting, superb Champagnes, the Clouet family has a history of accomplishment in the region. Their Champagnes are rich, concentrated expressions of Pinot Noir that manage to retain elegance and finesse… Every Champagne lover needs to try these outstanding wines!
If you need something more to back this up Tyson Stelzer clearly states that in his opinion this is the most underrated grower Champagne on the market… “It’s always puzzled me that the remarkable, terroir-expressive champagnes of André Clouet never seem to come up among the rockstar growers of Champagne. And yet on the basis of his current cuvées, I have again anointed this little grower in the grand cru village of Bouzy among the top six growers in Champagne. This, of course, places him among the top sparkling growers on earth. My scores rank him equal to Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer and Taittinger. And that’s mighty company!”
#7 NV Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximénez Classic: The vocation of Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla has always been to offer the most select products of Jerez, presented in an elegant and contemporary way for the most demanding consumer.
With a history dating back to 1837 and every drop being aged for at least 20 years this Sherry is a highly sought after treat. Following the ancient traditions of the region, this sherry is unfined and meticulously nurtured. It’s so good it’s been a staple on the list at The Ritz for years.
#8 NV La Marca Prosecco: Let’s make everyday sparkle with the world’s top-selling premium Prosecco! Boasting seemingly endless awards and a loyal, global following, few brands are as synonymous with Prosecco as La Marca.
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#9 NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10-Year Tawny: Ferreira Cellars invite you to discover a brand over 250 years old, a symbol of the highest quality that encapsulates Portugal’s heart and soul. NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Years Tawny is a spectacular value and not to be missed!
Curiosities of Ferreira
In the Ferreira Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, lies what is probably the largest and finest collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century wines, the oldest wine dating as far back as 1815.
The famous and very fine 1834 vintage, one of the best of the nineteenth century, was the centre of a tragic yet fascinating episode. In 1897, the Swedish explorer Auguste Andrée, along with two companions, decided to cross the North Pole in a balloon. On 14th July 1897, the balloon fell into the Arctic. Amazingly, it is known that on September 27th the explorers were still alive and held a banquet on a floating piece of ice. The main dish was seal and seagull breast, but the highlight of the banquet was a bottle of Vintage “D. Antónia Ferreira” Porto, 1834, a gift from the king of Sweden…
#10 2016 Francis Ford Coppola ‘Sofia’ Rosé: Sofia Rosé is a wine of unparalleled beauty. From its shapely, stylized bottle to its delicate fruity essence, this is a wine like no other. Born from a celebration of love, Sofia wines began as a gift from a father to his daughter. The charming and stylish Sofia Rosé is a tribute to the romantic, ebullient spirit of women everywhere.
Feminine and stylish, with a fragrant perfume of fresh strawberries and lavender, this rosé explodes with ripe, juicy flavours of cherry, raspberry and citrus zest. This refreshing wine is reminiscent of the popular dry rosés served in seaside café along the French Riviera. It’s crisp, delicate, and elegantly fruity with just a kiss of spice on the finish.
They typically harvest the grapes for our Sofia Rosé at a lower Brix to ensure we get a light wine that pairs elegantly with food. For colour extractions, the grapes are cold-soaked for 48 hours before the juice is separated from the skins.
#11 NV Bouby-Legouge Champagne: Situated in the Vallée de la Marne midway between Épernay and Reims. This Premier-Cru grower’s Champagne really punches above its weight taking on the larger Maisons like Krug! This is all due to their secret weapon – Pinot Meunier!