If you haven’t tried Cava in a while it might now be worth a second look. Most supermarkets have their own brands and independents have some of the grander names. Here are my six of the best.

Codorníu Brut NV, Majestic, £6.66 on multi-buy: Fresh, crisp and clean, with a frothy, foaming mousse and a good finish.
Cava Prestige Brut NV, Marks & Spencer £10 (down to £7 until November 2): Made by Segura Viudas, part of the Freixenet empire, this is exceptionally good for the price with clean, fresh-tasting bubbles and a bright, easy balance of fruit and finish.
Segura Viudas Reserva Cava Brut, Ake and Humphris, £11.80: Crisp, light and balanced with clean citrus fruit and a touch of toast on the finish.
Juve y Camps Cinta Purpura Brut Reserva, Flourish & Prosper (Howden), £12.50: Rounded, toasty flavours, with just an edge of bitterness on the finish.
Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina, Blanc de Noirs, 2011, Corking Wines, £17.65: Mainly Pinot Noir with a splash of barrel-aged Chardonnay, this has a super depth of flavour with ripe, rounded, toasty fruit and a long, elegant, balanced finish.
Cava Gramona 2008, Gran Reserva, Brut Nature, Berry Bros (London) £21: With clean, fine bubbles and a dry, palate-refreshing taste, this makes a good aperitif.

About The Author

Christine is a wine writer, broadcaster and a wine judge for several international wine competitions. She has a technical background and spent five years as a buyer for a major supermarket before moving to wine writing.She writes for The Yorkshire Post Magazine and organises the York Festival of Food and Drink. She has won both the Lanson and the Roederer prizes for wine writing.

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