To me July has always been the month that means summer has really arrived with no shortage of reasons to celebrate – July 4th, vacations, warm weather, lots of daylight! And, because of its outstanding potential, we’re toasting month #7 with an equally impressive bottle of Jean-François Mérieau “Bulles” (2009).
Made in the traditional champagne method, this sparkler (90% Chenin Blanc, 10% Chardonnay) is described as “vibrant and crisp,” having “a pleasant nose, with some white fruits and vine peaches aromas … Very much a celebration pre-dinner wine.”
Winemaker Jean-François Mérieau has been praised as ambitious and creative – one of the new stars of the Loire region, no argument here.
According to K&L Wines, Jean-François Mérieau "Bulles" Touraine Sparkling is “a refreshing, crisp wine ... has a bright nose of apple and pears with hints of citrus ... palate is creamy and rich ... finish is juicy and long.”
(Wine Spectator) - "This sparkler is forward, with a prominent spicy ginger note lading [sic] the way for pear, melon and brioche flavors. Stays racy on the finish, with the ginger note lingering."
Other tasters detected “apple, quince, grapefruit, herbs, mineral accents."
Our noses caught the pear aroma along with a good acidity. For a lighter feel, drink well-chilled. We liked it best with food having first enjoyed Jean-François Mérieau Bulles (2009) at Select Oyster Bar where it matched extremely well with their fabulous seafood preparations.
We purchased our bottle at Bauer Wine & Spirits ($19.99)
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Words: Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2015 Penny & Ed Cherubino