I must admit to being a Champagne snob. The theatre of the packaging, the history and the subtle marketing have done their work on me!
Nonetheless, I am slowly coming round to the alternatives. One of theme being Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Reserva Vintage 2006 which is a sparkling wine that I sampled just before Christmas and it impressed me enough to go out and buy a few bottles for a party that I was having.
This particular cuvée was originally created to honour the Regent Queen Maria Cristina of Spain, who in 1897 granted CodornÇ¶ðu the title of `purveyor to the Spanish Royal Household“ and has been aged for at least fifteen months to develop a complex and elegant character.
Described as “a uniquely delicate blend with complex biscuity aromas and a smooth, fresh finish.” I would simply describe it as a crisp and fresh alcoholic beverage!
It should be considered as an ideal apertif or a good accompaniment to white fish and shellfish, such as lobster and prawns.
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