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Methode Traditionelle

It was called Méthode Champenoise before producers from the real Champagne claimed branding rights. Despite this, the method was created in Southern France over a Century earlier, called Blanquette de Limoux. It involves a normal fermentation to produce still wines, which are blended and bottled with an added grape syrup that sparks a second ‘bottle fermentation’, the internal pressure causing CO2 bubbles. Methode gets its biscuity flavours from contact with dead yeast cells, which are then ‘riddled’ to the neck and removed or ‘disgorged’ before, finally, a ‘dosage’ adds the desired sweetness - i.e. very little for dry or ‘brut’ wines. Methode Traditionelle is labelled in many languages but is called Cava in Spain, can have the Franciacorta label in Italy and is called Cremant in French regions outside Champagne. 

Methode Traditionelle

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  1. Vallformosa Cava Brut NV

    Vallformosa Cava Brut NV

    90 Points John Caro
    A gorgeous Methode from Spain - superb value in Cava bubbles. With the citrus and toasty bread notes of a classic sparkler, these local Spanish varietals also bring subtle mineral and almond ...
    $20.99 in mixed 6+ or $23.99 per bottle
  2. Chandon N.V. Brut Methode Traditionelle

    Chandon N.V. Brut Methode Traditionelle

    From Moet & Chandon’s Australian operation comes this underrated and underpriced bubbly. ...
    $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  3. Squawking Magpie SQM Brut Methode NV

    Squawking Magpie SQM Brut Methode NV

    4 Stars Cuisine
    A sparkling Methode from a quality Hawkes Bay producer that is "simply delicious". Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines were aged on lees for 18 months before disgorging, creating a Champagne style ...
    Elsewhere up to $31.99 Save $7 $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  4. Squawking Magpie Pink Brut Methode NV

    Squawking Magpie Pink Brut Methode NV

    4 Stars Richard Caro
    A sparkling Rose from boutique Hawkes Bay label, Squawking Magpie. With roundness of delicate fruit provided by Pinot Noir, this naturally fresh style has been nicely softened further by a full ...
    Elsewhere up to $31.99 Save $7 $24.99 in mixed 6+ or $27.99 per bottle
  5. 2008 Highfield Rose Vintage Brut

    2008 Highfield Rose Vintage Brut

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A beautiful Rose bubbles with great bottle age - a special offering from boutique producers Highfield. Fresh but rounded and silky with toasty, savoury strawberry notes floating in a fine mouse. ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  6. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Methode NV

    Cloudy Bay Pelorus Methode NV

    93 Points Sam Kim
    Pelorus NV is perfectly balanced -- slightly yeasty but fresh, fine and elegant. A perfect aperitif, this wine doesn't shout quality but for decades has just quietly embodied it. An effortless ...
    $32.99 in mixed 6+ or $36.99 per bottle
  7. Quartz Reef Brut Methode NV

    Quartz Reef Brut Methode NV

    Biodynamic
    92 Points Bob Campbell
    This expert bubbles is a reference point for quality. Made by Rudi Bauer with serious Champagne knowledge to draw on, the vibrant apple fruits and some breadiness give mouth-filling texture but ...
    $33.99 in mixed 6+ or $37.99 per bottle
  8. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

    Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV

    94 Points Bob Campbell
    A seriously good Rose bubbles from Marlborough. Cloudy Bay are old hands in the region and still making world-beating wine -- like this rare example of local Rose bubbles. Made from Pinot Noir ...
    $35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle
  9. Nautilus Methode Traditionelle

    Nautilus Methode Traditionelle

    94 Points Bob Campbell
    Nautilus NV is a long-time classic that keeps getting better. It is on generous side, with yeasty apple and stone fruits rounding out a style that is satisfying and mouth filling but still ...
    • NZIWS Silver
    $38.99 in mixed 6+ or $43.99 per bottle
  10. Ronco Calino Franciacorta Brut NV

    Ronco Calino Franciacorta Brut NV

    90 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A gorgeous Methode bubbles from the traditional area of Franciacorta in Italy's Lombardy, the Ronco Calino is a steal. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were given a full 30 months on yeast lees to ...
    $39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

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