Hope everyone had a great weekend with great drinks! Now that the weekend is over, put the Moscato down and try something else. Please?
Renardat-Fache NV Bugey-Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale Rosé
Pronounced Boo ghee Seir dohn, this wine region located in East France sits between Burgundy and Rhone and off to the right. Bugey has produced wines under the Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (VDQS, which is typically just a holding place before a wine region is granted AOC status) since 1958. On May 28, 2009, INAO (the organization that regulates French agricultural products) gave its final approval for the elevation of Bugey to Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) status. Now the producers from the new Bugey AOC appellation are thus seeing their efforts to build an identity for the wines in their region rewarded.
In order to legally have the name Cerdon from the Bugey region, the rose sparkling wine must be made either from 100% Gamay or a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. Being close in proximity to Beaujolais which is home to the Gamay grape, it makes sense that the Bugey region would have luck with the Gamay grape as well. Grapes are picked by hand and fermented in chilled vats. The young and light wine is then bottled, along with its active yeast and considerable unfermented sugars. Under pressure of the cork, the wine continues to ferment, gaining a higher percentage of alcohol but retaining a nice amount of sweetness. This method of making sparkling wine is called the ‘methode ancestrale’, which skips the method champenoise process of disgorgement in order to produce wines with slight sweetness that still contain particles of dead yeast matter in the form of lees in the bottle.
In a couple of online searches the term ‘Adult KoolAid’ was used. Let’s open up this bottle and take a sip!
Dark pink in color with bubbles for days, this sparkler has a delicate, floral nose, reminiscent of an Italian Lambrusco. Slightly ripe cherry, strawberry flavors balanced with medium acidity provide a nice complexity to this rose sparkler. A Jolly Rancher candy comes to mind on the finish, but still retains a crisp dryness. It is not too sweet for the dry wine lover, yet has enough sweetness and flavor for those that like a sweeter sparkler to sip. It’s perfect as an outdoor patio sipper or a sparkler to start off parties during the upcoming holiday season. For after dinner, with its strawberry flavors, I can see this paired with strawberry shortcake or strawberries and cream. The Cerdon is an extremely versatile sparkling wine that you can’t help but love. Drink Up!
A full day of touring Champagne houses in Reims, France
Was drowning in bubbles by days end…I LOVED IT!!
What a pleasure to be asked to participate in a tasting of reds wines from France. Even more exciting was that they’re Beaujolais, one of the most underrated and under appreciated regions of France. These are some of the most fruit-forward, versatile, and food-friendly wines…yet most people only think about Beaujolais Nouveau when they hear Beaujolais. The history is so great that the 1st wine we tasted, Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils has been making Beaujolais Rouge since 16AD!!
Beaujolais Rouge are made from the Gamay grape and are fermented in stainless steel and often go through semi-carbonic maceration. This process lends to fruity flavors of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry in your glass. Such ripe, fruity flavors are found in the glass, this is the PERFECT wine for white wine drinker that wants to try something red. I say this all the time, I really hope someone out there is listening. Beaujolais is also best served with a slight chill, another plus for the white wine drinker.
Most Beaujolais to be drunk young, so don’t hold onto these too long. If you get one, drink it right away, you’ll thank me!!
Tonight’s lineup #Beaujolais. Right - Left
Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils 2010 (Beaujolais)
fruit, herbs, spice and everything nice
Jean-Paul Dubost 2010 (Beaujolais-Villages) — for Cindy
raspberry, cherry, and dark fruit with a hint of spice on the finish
Georges Descombes 2010 (Regnie -Cru Beaujolais) — MY FAV!!
black cherries and black pepper with bright acidity. finish goes on forever
Joseph Drouhin 2010 (Brouilly - Cru Beaujolais)
fruity and fluffy
Alright…now I’m ready! (Taken with picplz.)