Although we toast the beginning of every new month with a glass of bubbly to remain true to Our Sparkling Resolution, we admittedly get a little more excited about the arrival of January. After all, greeting a new year definitely holds special significance and therefore (follow me here) calls for a bottle of “special” bubbles.
We hope you'll join Our Sparkling Resolution and have fun with it. There are no rules!
For instance, if you’re someone who thinks Champagne (or any sparkler) is ONLY for special occasions, consider the advice of Master Sommelier Andrea (Immer) Robinson in her book "Great Wine Made Simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier":
"Get over it. Say this to yourself: 'I deserve to open a bottle of bubbly. I do not need an excuse. I do not have to deny myself and wait until some significant event comes along.' For me, if the day dawns, that is an occasion for Champagne."
Happy New Year!
Now More About Our New Year's Wine!
Say hello to Résonance, a Champagne from Marie-Courtin! This 100% Pinot Noir, biodynamically farmed, non-dosage cuvée has been getting some rave reviews for the last several years.
Here’s what critics are saying:
- “This Champagne has a firm chord of acidity that runs throughout.”
- “... pungent depth of fruit and distinctly flinty minerality”
- “... demonstrates a remarkably elegant poise … with a refinement and discreet grace.”
- “Organically farmed Grower Champagne”
- “The N V (2012) Extra Brut Résonance is a real stand out”
- “Beautifully textured and generous”
- “offers terrific depth, with fewer of the hard edges these wines can sometimes show”
- “Dried pear, spice, mint and licorice flow through to the effortless, creamy finish”
- “Résonance resoundingly discredits the austerity critics’ claims”
- “One of the most accessible, pure, fruity and fresh Champagnes I’ve had”
Résonance NV (2008)
- "Clear, light hay/sunshine yellow."
- "Dough, small red fruits, soil"
- "Medium bodied with lovely density and mid palate weight"
- "Plum skin, red apple and mineral"
- "Finished dry and long with pinot tinged extract. Delicious."
Antonio Galloni: 93 points: (2008) Extra Brut Resonance:
- “a brilliant, energetic wine ... with gorgeous richness and depth”
- “Succulent apricots, peaches, flowers and crushed rocks are some of the many nuances
- “Chalky notes linger on the precise, beautifully articulated, eternal finish”
- “kept getting better and better with air”
- “It is a fabulous wine in every way. I loved it."
- “Résonance is fermented in stainless steel”
- “the grapes are all harvested by hand”
- “The wines are fermented with natural yeasts”
- “there is no dosage added upon disgorgement”
- “[Dominique] recommends that [Résonance] be served in traditional white wine glasses to allow for [its] development through increased aeration” ( As you can see in the photo above, we plan to do just that!)
Résonance Champagne Marie-Courtin Extra Brut Pinot Noir
Imported by: Vineyard Road Inc. Framingham, MA
Date of disgorgement: June 2016
We purchased our bottle of Résonance Champagne Marie-Courtin at City Liquors in Cambridge.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: ©2016 Penny & Ed Cherubino