Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Red Sparkling Wines



According to the Drinks Business Piedmontese producers are looking to explore a new trend for Rosé Moscato after sales of Moscato grew over 400% in the US market alone last year: Ricardo March, US & Canada sales director for Beni di Batasiolo, a 150 year old winery based in Serralunga d’Alba has said that they see the next new trend as Moscato Rosé Spumante.

I wonder if Moscato will take off over here in the UK (Gallo released a still Moscato wine here earlier in March). It's also got me thinking about sparkling wine – and whether we will see a renaissance in red sparkling wine? The heydays of Lambrusco in the 1980s are long gone but Italy aside there is a market for Sparkling Shiraz in Australia. Sparkling red wine has been made in Australia since the 1860s and although Shiraz is mainly used there are also Sparkling Merlots and Malbecs.

The Crémant wines from France offer a popular alternative to Champagne and you can sometimes find red sparkling wines being produced in these areas. The Crémant AOCs are Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bordeaux, Crémant de Bourgogne (Burgundy), Crémant de Die (Rhone), Crémant du Jura, Crémant de Limoux and Crémant de Loire (formerly Crémant de Saumur). If you search you will find red sparkling wines under the names of Mousseux (Sparkling) or Pétillant (Semi Sparkling) made by the Méthode Traditionelle and the Méthode Champenoise.

Burgundy produce red sparkling wines under the appellation Bourgogne Mousseux Rouge (which are quite hard to find). Better known producers are Parigot, Vitteaut-Alberti and Domaine Chaumont.

The vineyards of the Loire are probably the best bet for tracking down French red sparkling wines – they are about 2/3rds the size of Bordeaux and the sparkling wine AOCs are Anjou, Saumur, Touraine, Vouvray and Montlouis-Sur-Loire. The Loire is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. In fact you will find that some Crémants are made by Champagne Houses with interests in the Loire - Langlois has been owned by the Champagne house Bollinger since 1973 and Bouvet-Ladubay, is owned by Taittinger. Both produce a sparkling red wine- Carmin, is made by Langlois and Rubis is made by Bouvet-Ladubay. Other producers of sparkling red wine to look out for are Louis de Grenelle, Chateau de Brézé, Domaine de la Guilloterie, and Chateau d'Avrille


I'd be interested to know your thoughts on a possible sparkling red wine trend – especially in the USA!





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