We’re saying Hello to April with an outstanding sparkler– Montagnieu Brut from the Bugey!
Repeat after me, BOO-zhee. I enjoy saying Bugey almost as much as drinking this outstanding sparkler.
In a year where each week seems to hold a special weather surprise, this Montagnieu Brut from the small French region of Bugey seems a perfect wine to celebrate our sparkling resolution as we leap into the unknown of a new month.
While this is not Champagne, we think it’s very Champagne-like. Without the label in plain view, it could have easily fooled us.
This sparkler has a big, important Champagne character to it. Penny insisted, “It became better with every sip– bigger, fuller, like an aged white wine.” It reminded us both of the way Krug gets better sip-by-sip. Try drinking this Bugey through the range of temperatures by enjoying each glass without topping it up.
It’s a white sparkling wine that’s nice and dry with the roundness of a pinot. As constant students of wine, we now know we really like the blend of Altesse (also known as Roussette) and Mondeuse Noir grapes.
Simply put, Bugey “Montagnieu Brut” was a pleasant surprise and has prepped us for the next 30 days. Bring it on, April.
For more about the wines we’ve been enjoying (including a Bugey Cerdon) check out
Our Sparkling Resolution Winner’s List
Bugey “Montagnieu Brut” $25 at The Wine Bottega, in Boston’s North End
Here’s more about Bugey “Montagnieu Brut” from Louis Dressner Selections
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2012 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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