This month, in the lead up to the party season and festivities we take a closer look at one of their champagnes and proseccos.
Guy Laforge Champagne
Madame Bollinger (you know the one) once said: "I drink Champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it unless I'm thirsty."
That's all well and good, but what's it got to do with Guy Laforge Champagne you ask?
Well, Guy Laforge is made in the same village as Bollinger: the village of A˙ in the Vallée de la Marne. A˙ is renowned for being one of the highest quality villages for Pinot Noir in the whole of Champagne. Guy Laforge, the project of reputable winemaker Francis Tribaut, is a young and dynamic Champagne that is worth taking note of.
Guy Laforge is aged for a minimum of 2 to 3 years in those same underground chalk cellars as it's illustrious neighbour. A blend of 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier this affordable, classic Champagne is fresh and approachable with well-rounded acidity.
However, that's all the technical part, what you really want to know is 'what does it taste like?'. Well Guy Laforge has plenty of fresh fruit character to it, making it the perfect partner to shellfish, posh Fish and Chips, or just to savour on its own, Madame Bollinger style.
For a while now Prosecco has been enthralled in a race to the bottom, where cheap prices are the winner and quality, very much the loser. Fortunately, Cavit have had no interest in such a contest, and the LunettaProsecco is their embodiment of that mindset.
While still very affordable, the focus of Lunetta is on producing a consistently delicate, yet vibrant prosecco, where the emphasis is always on first-class wine. From the cultivation if the Glera grape in the hills of Veneto, to hand-harvesting and carefully-monitored fermentations, everything about Lunetta Prosecco screams quality.
It stacks up in the taste test, too: notes of apple and peach on the nose, and a soft stone-fruit sparkle on the palate... delicious!
Which one (or both) will you be trying this party season?!