Finding the right sparkler to help ring in the new month was an easy choice for September. In its tasting notes, Granit Réserve de Lavernette is described as a “wine of pleasure and discovery,” a “wine to party,” and a “wine to celebrate” – just what we had in mind when we began Our Sparkling Resolution.
While I’m not one to blindly succumb to a descriptive phrase, Granit is surprisingly good. I say that because we did have some reservations about a sparkling wine made from 100% Gamay (Beaujolais Villages grapes) with no added “liqueur de dosage.”
The winemaker goes on to say …
- “the color is a very, very delicate salmon ... ”
- “nose of melon, a gentle touch of strawberries, warm biscuits, a whisper of spring flowers …”
- “on the palate ... full-bodied and zesty, a good core of fruit, bright acids and sneaky length, well balanced and focused finish … ”
Perhaps, reviewer Joe Appel (Portland Press Herald) said it best, “... the “Granit” is testament to how exciting, culinarily useful and flat-out delicious a no-sugar-added wine can be when it’s in balance.”
Despite this wine’s “no dosage,” we didn’t miss it. Granit impressed us enough that we’ll go back for another bottle. And, that alone makes this French sparkler a worthy choice to welcome September, 2014.
We purchased our bottle (around $30) at Urban Grape, South End.
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Words: Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2014 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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