Vintage and newly disgorged traditional method sparkling wines

We’ve been selling more and more traditional method sparkling wines over the last few years, and besides the foreign ones, great Hungarian sparklers have also made it into our selection. A lot of new stuff has arrived in the last couple of weeks: the freshly disgorged Kreinbacher sparklers are here; two vintage ones from the Sauskas in Tokaj; from Balaton, we have a Furmint-Riesling sparkling wine from the Léglis; and from Champagne, the Billecart Salmon Brut Vintage 2007 and the blend of six vintages from Veuve Clicquot.

Newly disgorged from Kreinbacher

The Kreinbachers in Somló pay a lot of attention to selecting the right grape varieties. Kreinbacher Extra Dry is a Furmint-Pinot Noir blend with 17g/l dosage and nice acids. White flowers and sliced apple on the nose, fresh and vibrant palate with a firm bubble structure. The winery’s Brut Classic sparkling wine is a Furmint and Chardonnay blend with 10g/l dosage, acacia on the nose, subtle yeastiness and pure flavours. A touch of honey accompanies the palate. 

 

 

Two vintage Sauska traditional method sparkling wines

The Sauska Extra Brut Vintage 2012 is a Furmint, Hárslevelű and Chardonnay blend with 3g/l dosage, beautiful bubbles, a pronounced and nice acid backbone, with marzipan, almond and delicious tropical fruit on the nose. The Sauska Rosé Extra Brut Vintage 2012 is made from Furmint, Hárslevelű, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 6g/l dosage. Lively pink colour, red berry fruit and wild strawberry on the nose, creaminess, tiny and very gentle bubbles, with subtle minerality. The labels were unified, the bottles got fashionable short caps and colourful neck labels as well.

 

 

Traditional method sparkling wines from the Balaton and Transylvania

The Léglis are known to be huge fans of traditional method sparkling wines. The base wine of their Méthode Traditionnelle Brut 2015 is a Furmint and Riesling blend. It is characterised by fruitiness, juicy citrus fruit and zestiness with abundantly oozing bubbles.

The Carassia sparkling wine house debuted this summer, but its history started at the turn of the century when Tibor Gál Snr dreamt up a plot on Kárásztelek. Pinot Noir was the favourite of the winemaker and this grape comprises the base wine of Kárásztelek Carassia Rosé Brut. Pure, elegant and mature with great flavours; alongside Pinot Noir’s red berry fruit, there’s also some raspberry.

 

 

The Billecart-Salmon Brut Vintage 2007 was launched in August this year, exactly 10 years after its harvest. In 2007, spring and early summer were cool and resulted in good acidity and the August harvest happened even earlier than usual. With a dosage of 4g/l, this is a pristinely pure champagne with refreshing citrus fruit and a touch of saltiness. Lemon, tangerine, orange peel and pineapple.

The Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old is exclusively made from reserve wines, from the blend of six vintages. The proportion of the varieties was compiled in accordance with Madame Clicquot’s taste: 47% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Meunier. Intense aromas of plum, peach and spices, lemon and a touch of oak. A powerful, complex palate, rich flavours, silky texture with toasty notes. It has the lowest dosage (3g/l) in the house’s history. It’s worthy of Madame Clicquot’s motto: “only one quality, the best quality.”