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Methode In Our Madness

The festive season gives us a taste for bubbles - why not hold onto that as long as possible? All across the world the Champagne Method (aka Methode Traditionelle) produces bubbles that are refreshing but complex, yeasty and full of flavour. And made outside of Champagne they are much, much cheaper. From crisp fruit to oyster shell nuances to rich flavours that taste like delicious cookie dough (but thirst quenching!), the Methodes of this world are among the best value wines on our shelves.

Check out our notes on many of these wines from a big bubbly tasting a few weeks ago over on the blog.

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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. Ora Prosecco Brut

    Ora Prosecco Brut

    92 Points Richard Caro
    Gorgeously light and completely dry, Ora is aperitif perfection (under a new blue label). Pretty white peach and flowers float over a soft creamy texture enlivened by bright acidity that ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  3. Quartz Reef Brut Methode NV

    Quartz Reef Brut Methode NV

    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 $35.99 Save $9 $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
  4. 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 that is consistently the "best value in its appellation". The Chenin Blanc of Vouvray brings riper citrus and tree fruit to the bready flavours of Methode Traditionelle and racy, ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  5. 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 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  6. 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
  7. 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 ...
    $31.99 in mixed 6+ or $35.99 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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