Sparkling

Sparkling is a style of wine, not an individual variety. Sparkling wines are produced throughout the world, with varying grapes and techniques used to distinguish individual styles for many countries or regions. Some of the most common sparkling wines include Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and Crémant. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Sparkling wines among our extensive Sparkling wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Sparkling reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Sparkling, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.

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Moët & Chandon 1996 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $385

A magnificent Champagne, one that is light, delicate, yet packed with character. It is beautifully balanced, with a bone-dry character, just softened by the toastiness that is developing. Expect this to age for many years.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2010)
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Schramsberg 2004 Reserve Sparkling (Napa-Mendocino-Sonoma-Marin)

  1. $110

The opulence of this sparkling wine has to be tasted to be believed. It’s far softer and silkier than the winery’s companion new release, the 2005 J. Schram, but then the blend is the complete opposite. This one’s mainly Pinot Noir, with the balance from Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir brings a warm, raspberry- and cherry-sauce richness to Chardonnay’s limes and pears…

 — S.H.  (12/31/2012)
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Schramsberg 2004 J. Schram Rosé Sparkling (North Coast)

  1. $130

An awesome rosé, just a tremendous feat. Made from 11 vineyards in 4 counties, it shows a masterful art of the blend. Insanely rich in toasted bread and lees, showing the influence of six years in the bottle. A tremendous core of strawberries, raspberries, orange zest, roasted macadamia, roasted coconut, pear liqueur and honey lasts into the finish. Despite the…

 — S.H.  (12/1/2011)
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Louis Roederer 2002 Cristal Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  1. $289

This is an exceptional wine, as is the vintage. The fruits—grapefruit, crisp red apple—balance with a fine yeasty character. There is a great depth of flavor, the fruits going in a pure line of freshness. The one problem is that it is much too young, the result of the demand from the market for the next vintage. Age this wine for at least four years.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2008)
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Pol Roger 2002 Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

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  1. $305

With its gold color and mature, toasty flavors, this is possibly the greatest Winston Churchill ever. It has weight and richness, with a dense, full and rich texture. It’s in perfect balance, bringing together maturity and crisper apple and green plum fruit flavors that are cut with lemon. A mineral edge gives a nervy character that will allow this magnificent wine…

 — R.V.  (3/1/2015)
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Henriot 1995 Cuvée des Enchanteleurs Brut Sparkling (Champagne)

  1. $170

A glorious Champagne, now at the peak of its powers and maturity. It is rich, creamy, lightly toasty, cookies and yeast propelling the fruits and acidity forward into a wonderful texture. This wine confirms Henriot’s place at the top tables of Champagne.

 — R.V.  (12/1/2010)
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Krug 1981 Collection Sparkling (Champagne)

  1. $500

This is the current vintage of the limited-release Collection series, in which wines are held in stock, in bottle, by Krug for later release. This fabulous 1981 is mature, but still evolving. Gold in color, it is toasty, integrating flavors of nuts, cocoa and toffee, along with still fresh acidity.

 — R.V.  (11/1/2006)
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Schramsberg 1999 J. Schram 50 Late Disgorged Sparkling (North Coast)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $175

Like a pastry shop in a glass, this rare treat of a well-aged bubbly smells of cream, butter and nutmeg, and tastes like baked apples, almonds and vanilla. Although not sweet, its generous fruit, spice and nut nuances build on the crisp but smooth texture and linger on the finish. From a cool vintage that produced long-lived wines, this is irresistible now but…

 — J.G.  (8/1/2015)
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