In the first of a new weekly series, the decanter.com team bring you our selection of top wines for all occasions. This week, hoping to inject a seasonal slant on on this new section from the very start, we tee off with our Top 10 wedding wines - four sparklers, three whites and three reds.
Decanter panel tasting: Non Vintage Champagne (Jan 2008)
10 best Vintage Champagnes
10 up and coming Champagnes
Five Fabulous Wedding Cocktails courtesy of Wedding magazine
NEXT WEEK: Top 10 rosés
Castillo Perelada, Brut Nature Cuvee Especial Cava 2005 Spain
Based in the North East of Spain; Castillo Perelada are now producing some of the best Cava in the region. Lots of vibrant honeyed red apple aromas on the nose; the palate has a good structure and deep flavours of white fruit and a creamy texture.
Montana, Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée NV New Zealand
New Zealand makes some top quality sparkling wines to rival Champagne. Gentle aromas of apple and nectarine on the nose while in the mouth it is creamy and packed with delicate fruit and citrus characters. A really good sparkling at an excellent price.
Oudinot, Marks & Spencer Brut Champagne NV
Lovely minerality on the nose; soft white fruit characters. This dry Champagne has a good complexity and offers excellent value for money. To drink without moderation…
Charles Heidsieck, Brut Réserve, Mise en Cave 2004 Champagne NV
Lovely creamy nose. Rich creamy palate, beautiful, ripe acidity. Strawberry and balsamic vinegar with long vanilla finish.
Christian Cordier, Clos du Four, Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine 2006
Elegant, spicy nose; lightly oaked with ripe apples. Concentrated, vigorous, tangy palate. Lean, tight structure – promising. Tangy, sherberty finish. Good length.
Sacred Hill, Marlborough 2007
Youthful and tight at present on the nose. Generous, broad fruit-packed palate with zippy, fresh acidity. A good classic Sauvignon example.
Vasse Felix, Heytesbury Chardonnay, Margaret River 2006
Crisp, citrus fruit punctuates the smoky, flinty, mineral nose. In the mouth it’s supple, silky, full and generous with finely knitted oak. Slick.
Château de Combebelle, Saint-Chinian 2006
This modern-day offering has expressive, spicy, dark fruits and hint of game. The palate is well-structured with ripe tannins, firm acidity and good depth of fruit.
Vietti, Tre Vigne, Barbera d’Asti 2004
Deep and concentrated. Perfumed, juicy fruit, cherry and cassis liqueur. Mouthful of sweet fruit balanced by acidity, Tannic grip on finish. Popular style but well made.
Viña Pérez Cruz, Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 2006
Pérez Cruz churn out some high quality wines, as this elegant Cabernet is testament to. Aromas of green tea and cedar add complexity to the nose while juicy, cassis and cedar notes do likewise in the mouth. Great oak balance.