Rondel Brut Cava NV | Top Sparkling Wines Under $10
What Is Your Go-To Bargain Bubbly?
Sometimes Champagne can come across as a somewhat formal beverage. Traditionally it is a drink to be enjoyed when celebrating a major milestone such as an anniversary, wedding or perhaps even a life achievement. Then there is the issue of the price. Most Champagne’s start out in the $30-40, easily putting it out of range as a more casual everyday option for most consumers.
The French wine-making region of Champagne is small in comparison to other wine growing regions . It’s sought after real estate and wine-making doesn’t come cheap. Considering the cost of entry, I can understand why consumers might not be drinking Champagne often. But how about less-expensive alternative bubblies? The Rondel Brut Cava NV retails for under $10 and is easy to find at retailers nationwide.
Also under $10…You may like this easy-going, fruity Prosecco!
If you haven’t heard of Cava then it’s time to get acquainted. Spanish Cava is a sparkling wine produced almost entirely in the Catalonia region of Spain. While the designation is no longer allowed by the European Union, it was once called Spanish Champagne. Unlike Italian Prosecco, it must be made in the same labor intensive Méthode Champenoise as Champagne or it cannot be labeled Cava.
The word Cava is actually of Catalan origin and literally means Cave or Cellar, which is where wines were aged in the early days of Cava production. Additionally, like Champagne, Cava is produced in varying levels of dryness and Spanish Law dictates where it can be produced. That being said, let’s give the Rondel Brut Cava NV a try!
Appearance: Pale straw yellow with a thick, slow rising bead.
Nose: Muted orchard fruits and subtle citrus
Taste: A clean effervescent palate highlighted by pear and green apple. A balanced finish with a slight sweetness rounds out this easy drinking sparkler.
Origin: Catalonia, Spain
Varietal Composition: While unknown, the Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarel·lo varietals are traditionally used to make Cava.
Value Rating: 4.25/5
Should you buy? The Rondel Brut Cava easily over delivers for it’s modest price point. A great value-oriented sparkler.
Value Proposition – Rondel Cava
If you like Champagne and yearn for a bargain bubbly with little more body and complexity than Prosecco, Cava is the Champagne alternative for you. While the Rondel Brut Cava might be lacking the level of complexity and elegance a Champagne might deliver, it comes across as a well made wine for its price.
The first time I purchased the Rondel Brut Cava NV I paid $7.99 at Total Wine. On my recent trip to make another purchase, the price had increased modestly to $8.99. While I don’t much care for price increases, the increase is small and reasonable considering the quality. Even at the higher price I still think this wine represents great value and should be a consideration when shopping for sparkling wine.
It seems I am not the first to catch on to this winning combination of quality and value that Rondel’s Cava has to offer. This particular specimen is a great example, consistently over delivering for its approachability and sheer drinking pleasure. I recommend that you find some and stock up before the price goes up any more. Just look for the bargain bubbly in the blue bottle and remember that bubbles should be enjoyed often!
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