Louis Vavasour LV Marlborough Methode Traditionelle NV $55

Winemaker Louis Vavasour says this méthode has exceeded even his own expectations. It’s taken him more than 20 years to get to the point where he could create a luxury range that includes a finely tuned fizz. I love the aromas of rising dough, almonds, lemon shortbread, and briôche. The Vavasour ‘spirit of rebellion since 1207’ brand references Maud Le Vavasour, who married local outlaw Fulk FitzWarin, rumoured to have inspired the legend of Robin Hood. It’s sultry, beautifully structured, and sensational with smoked salmon tartines. Drink now.