Five outstanding Proseccos to fit any budget

Bisol, Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze DOCG, Dry, 2017

If you are a fan of Prosecco, then you should try – even if it’s only once – the finest expression. Called Superiore di Cartizze, such Prosecco comes from a hill within the Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG that is famous for producing the most concentrated expression of Prosecco – and often the sweetest. It covers 107ha and is home to the priciest vineyard land in Italy, with an estimated value of €1.5m-€2m (£1.32m-£1.76m) per hectare.

As a result, the fizz from this prized site tends to be costly, taking Prosecco into prices more normally associated with grande marque Champagne. However, the intensity of such Proseccos, when coupled with their rarity, makes them worth the outlay. This year, although we enjoyed a brilliant example from the aforementioned Andreola, we also had a wonderful sample from much-celebrated Prosecco producer Bisol.

As one would expect with Cartizze, this is a sweet style of fizz, but with a back bone of bright acidity, it doesn’t taste cloying. Quite the opposite in fact, this is a surprisingly refreshing glass of Prosecco.

Sweetness perception aside, this is a sparkling wine with notes of honey, apple compote, and touch of citrus zest, along with a mouth-filling creamy sensation from a fine and persistent fizz.

Although one could drink it on its own, it would pair wonderfully with cheese, particularly harder to match blue type that can clash with red wines.

Retail: £40
Residual sugar: Dry (25g/l)

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