The world of sparkling wine and champagne is immense and complex, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel overwhelmed when deciding which ones to stock up on. The first step to picking out your ideal sparkling wine or champagne is to know some of your options and the different ones available! Lucky for you, Vintegrity is Kansas City’s best source of sparkling wines and champagnes. From California to Champagne, France, Vintegrity has a great selection to choose from! So, whether you prefer a traditional glass of golden bubbly with a brioche finish or you are looking for one that is bright and crisp with a hint of citrus, Vintegrity has you covered. Keep reading below to learn more about our top five choices for 2022!
Barnaut Grande Rèserve Brut Champagne Grand Cru ‘Bouzy’ (MO & KS Portfolio)
Let’s start with a classic champagne from one of France’s most respected champagne houses, Champagne Barnaut. It’s known for its exuberant aromas – green apple and warm apricot with a dash of hazelnut and almond. These are tamed gracefully with flavors of bold red fruit, Meyer lemon, smoky minerals, bitter pear skin, and peach pit. Despite its firm complexity, it’s incredibly easy to drink and pairs excellently with seafood and shellfish dishes.
Piper Sonoma Brut (MO Portfolio)
This creamy sparkling wine is reminiscent of warm California evenings. You’ll find notes of green apple, mandarin oranges, pineapples, and brioche throughout, while the long, mouthwatering finish carries hints of hazelnuts and butterscotch. You’ll be impressed by the lightness and delighted by the depth of flavor. Piper Sonoma sparkling wines are produced with hand-harvested grapes from all over Sonoma County in the Methode Traditonnelle – the same technique used in Champagne, France.
Domaine Michel Turgy Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Brut Reserve Selection NV (MO Portfolio)
One of the rarest types of champagnes to find in the United States is genuine grower champagnes. Less than 10% of all champagne imported to the US are grower champagnes. Grower champagne is simply champagne produced by the same estate that owns the vineyard where the grapes come from. These are produced in a much smaller quantity, yet the diversity in flavor and style within grower champagnes is vast. This pale-yellow grower champagne from Domaine Michel Turgy is 100% Chardonnay and is bursting with bright acidity and precise, silky bubbles. Gardenia, honeysuckle, and brioche aromas pair elegantly with flavors of lemon curd, sea salt, and toast. The mineral notes in the long finish make this champagne the perfect aperitif.
Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut (KS Portfolio)
This sustainable, Green Valley Brut is made from a time-tested blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes for an exquisitely dry finish with crisp, pinpoint bubbles. Aromas of rising bread, orange marmalade, and baked apples are complemented by the taste of fresh citrus, ripe red apples, oolong tea, and mushrooms. It pairs well with foods like roasted chicken, golden potatoes, and hard cheeses. Fun fact – Iron Horse sparkling wines have been a constant staple of White House parties for the past 30 years.
Jacquart Mosaique Champagne (MO & KS Portfolio)
Here is a luscious sparkling wine that is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, and is matured for at least 3 years on the lees in bottles. When you bring the glass to your nose, you will catch scents of pears, figs, apricots, and almonds. The taste – an expert balance of white fruits with a lemon zest finish. It’s soft on the palate and is ready to drink right away. Jacquart is a relatively young, free-spirited champagne house that wholeheartedly embraces modern techniques with traditional influences.
Interested in adding some of these fantastic sparkling wines and champagnes to your retail location or restaurant? Contact Vintegrity today!