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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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $23.99 Save $3 $20.99 a 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. ...
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  3. Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Brut

    Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Brut

    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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $32.50 Save $6 $25.99 a bottle
  4. 2008 Highfield Rose Vintage Brut

    2008 Highfield Rose Vintage Brut

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A beautiful Rosé 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $33.99 Save $4 $29.99 a bottle
  5. Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Brut Methode Traditionelle

    Bernard Fouquet Domaine des Aubuisieres Vouvray Brut Methode Traditionelle

    89 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Serious bubbles for the price: the local Chenin Blanc grape brings riper citrus and tree fruit to the bready flavours of Methode Traditionelle and the the racy, mineral acidity of the famous ...
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  6. 2012 Highfield Elstree Vintage Brut

    2012 Highfield Elstree Vintage Brut

    92 Points Richard Caro
    A fine vintage Methode from Marlborough - the Elstree from Highfiled offers serious quality. Concentrated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (50% each) get a full 3 years aging on yeast lees, with the ...
    Elsewhere up to $36.99 Save $7 $29.99 a bottle
  7. Cloudy Bay Non-Vintage Pelorus Methode

    Cloudy Bay Non-Vintage Pelorus Methode

    93 Points Sam Kim
    Pelorus NV is perfectly balanced - only 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 ...
    Elsewhere up to $35.99 Save $4 $31.99 a bottle
  8. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé Methode Traditionelle

    Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé Methode Traditionelle

    94 Points Bob Campbell
    There are not many Rose bubblys produced in NZ but this would in the top three. ...
    Elsewhere up to $39.99 Save $4 $35.99 a bottle
  9. 2011 Kalex Pinot Noir Rosé Brut

    2011 Kalex Pinot Noir Rosé Brut

    92 Points Bob Campbell
    A gorgeous Rosé bubbles made from Cerntral Otago Pinot. The Kalex is soft-textured and generous but dry, with an off-pink colour and beautiful, broad yeasty characters running through. A ...
    $35.99 a bottle
  10. 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
    Elsewhere up to $43.99 Save $5 $38.99 a bottle

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