Best champagne and sparkling wines for the season

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

From fine champagne to excellent sparking wines from here in the UK and France, here you'll find our favourites to celebrate the season with - and herald in a fabulous New Year.

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Coates & Seely Brut Reserve NV

This delightful non vintage English Sparkling Brut Reserve comprises 40% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir and10% Pinot Meunier. It typically spends 2 ½ to 3 years on lees, blended with 2 to 3 prior years’ reserve wines, and is only released after a further 6-12 months on cork. Notes are of bright apple, citrus, ripe melon and peach - with hints of brioche . It's full bodied with a lasting creamy finish. £32.95 from Coates & Seely

Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs

This lovely Cuvée Especial Blanc De Blancs from Argentina has wonderful notes of green apple, toast, white florals and a hint of spice. It's a long lasting and elegant sparkling perfect for any special occasion.

£14.14 from Vivino

Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne

As one of the few Champagne Houses to remain owned and actively managed by the family, the hallmark of Taittinger Champagnes is is the high percentage of Chardonnay used in their winemaking, providing for a style of elegance, delicacy and finesse. Renowned for its golden yellow colour with a consistent, fine lingering mousse, the Brut Réserve NV is elegant and light, giving it the flexibility to be the Champagne for the moment or excellent as an aperitif. Notes are of fruit and brioche and it pairs beautifully with smoked salmon, oysters and canapés.

£46 from Fortnum & Mason

Borgo Antico Congliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco

A great choice for festive parties, this lively Prosecco can be paired with shellfish, canapés and a host of other foods. Notes are of ripe fruits, brioche, apple and lemon.

£10.77 from Vivino

Bolney Cuvee Noir 2014

For something a little different do try this wonderful traditional method English sparkling red wine from The Bolney Estate. Rich and sweet with ripe cherry, redcurrants and blueberries and a hint of spice on the finish.

£30 from The Bolney Estate

The Emissary Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut

This refined premium Prosecco is made from only the finest selection of grapes grown in the ‘DOCG Asolo’ region. It's elegant, rich and complex with extra fine, velvety bubbles. The bouquet is rich with fruity and floral notes. Vibrant, zesty acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness balance gracefully on the palate. Round, gentle finish with lingering notes of fresh fruit. A perfect celebratory tipple.

£17.99 from The Emissary

Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Rosé

A lovely, excellent value party fizz. Made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with notes of berries and brioche perfect to pair with pastries and fruit based desserts. It has a long finish too and is perfect as an aperitif.

£10.39 from Ocado

Liquid Diamond Rosé Prosecco

Another lovely Prosecco perfect for parties and seeing in the New Year. This Liquid Diamond Rosé is bottled in Valdobbiadene, the heart of Prosecco and is vegan-friendly. The pretty bottles come in a gift box making this an attractive gift too. This Rosé Prosecco has notes of pops ripe red fruits, especially raspberries, cherries and blueberries.

£20 from Liquid Diamond

Jenkyn Place Blanc De Blancs 2015