This one hails from Franciacorta, where Italy's finest sparkling wines are made, from one of the best producers, Ca' del Bosco. Chardonnay is dominant at 80 per cent, delivering fresh apple notes, and yeasty, nutty nuances met with lively bead and superb length. Perfectly balanced, it finishes dry - it is a brut after all - but with plenty of ripeness and richness on the palate. Lovely.
Smart bubbles Jane Faulkner, The Age