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30 VINTAGES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

SPARKLING WINE

CONT’D

GLORIA FERRER BLANC DE BLANCS

Traditional method, Carneros, California

TASTING NOTE: Introduced by a lively, crisp mousse,

this 100% Chardonnay sparkler is made méthode

Champenoise, and dry. Highlights on the nose and

palate include a nuttiness of hazelnut and almond,

green apple and orange, with a lilt of lemon zest.

Score:

91

(Virginie Boone,

Wine Enthusiast

,

March 1, 2017)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

223792

(XD)

750 mL

$34.95

1

DESIDERIUS PONGRÁCZ BRUT CAP

CLASSIQUE SPARKLING CHARDONNAY/

PINOT NOIR

Traditional method,

WOWestern Cape, South Africa

TASTING NOTE: 60%Chardonnay, 40%Pinot Noir.

Honeyed shortbread, toast and focused citrus aromas,

while the palate is bracedwith zippy, crisp green apple,

zesty lime and a zingy, refreshing acidity. Score:

88

(Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

404111

(XD)

750 mL

$16.95

2

GÉRARD BERTRAND CUVÉE THOMAS

JEFFERSON BRUT CRÉMANT DE LIMOUX

Traditional method, AC, France

TASTING NOTE: The back label explains that this is

named for wine-loving US president Thomas Jefferson

who apparently had a fondness for Limoux, the

signature sparkling wine of the south of France. This is

made by the traditional method, using chardonnay,

chenin blanc, mauzac (a local variety) and pinot noir. It

has a fairly intense aroma of ripe pear and zucchini,

with light herbal spice. It’s mid-weight, firm, dry and

well balancedwith slightlymineral/wet clay and lemon

notes on the finish. Reminds me a bit of Spanish cava,

but with bolder fruit. The length is very good. Tasted

January 2016. Score:

89

(David Lawrason,

wine

align.com

, Jan. 21, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

438838

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2

LOUIS BOUILLOT PERLE D’AURORE BRUT

ROSÉ CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE

Traditional method, AC, Burgundy, France

TASTING NOTE: Pale-salmon hued, this is absolutely

delightful – a medium-bodied sparkler that’s fruity

and dry. From subtle aromas of summer berries, spice

and brioche through to the delicate creamy mousse

that refreshes the palate, it offers light, red berry

flavours and a lengthy mouth-watering finish. Great

value, enjoy it whiling away an afternoon or with

smoked salmon. Score:

HHHHJ

(Susan Desjardins,

winecurrent.com

, Oct. 12, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

048793

(XD)

750 mL

$21.95

1

DRUSIAN BRUT VALDOBBIADENE

PROSECCO SUPERIORE

DOCG, Veneto, Italy

TASTING NOTE: Delicate aromas of white flowers,

stone fruit and pear lead the way. On the palate, a core

of green apple and citrus is carried by vibrant, fresh

acidity. Small, lively bubbles lend finesse. Best Buy.

Best of Year 2016. Score:

90

(Kerin O’Keefe,

Wine

Enthusiast

, Dec. 1, 2015)

Light & Fruity

517870

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

2

VILARNAU BRUT RESERVA CAVA

Traditional method, DO, Spain

TASTING NOTE: Crafted from 50%Macabeo, 35%

Parellada and 15%Xarello sourced from sites in the

highest and windiest part of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia.

This suggests impressive green apple and pear notes,

with fine baked bread tones. Dry and long with

amazing presence. Very good value. (Vintages panel,

Feb. 2017)

Medium-bodied & Flavourful

515254

(XD)

750 mL

$14.95

2