Toasting the arrival of a new month is always more fun if you double-up on the bubbles! And with a bottle (or two) of Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne, you won’t be disappointed.
This lively sparkler is the creation of Patrick Piuze who’s been making quite a name for himself in Chablis. This exacting winemaker uses hand-harvested grapes that are fermented and aged in stainless steel without the added dosage.
We liked this crémant’s clean, crisp quality with a hint of green pear. The 100% Chardonnay comes through with a simplicity and purity without the distraction of oak. This wine could win over even a member of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) Club!
Here’s what other tasters say about Val de Mer Crémant de Bourgogne …
“This sparkler is loaded with chalky minerality and has a bright snappy style that makes it a perfect aperitif bubbly.” (K&L Wines)
“The palate is bright, fresh, and crisp, showing those apple notes with a dry sage edge to the finish.” It “...goes well with all cocktail party snacks, especially smoked salmon canapés and baked brie.” (Astor Wine & Spirits)
We liked this French bubbly with a kielbasa & cabbage dish and a stack of our new favorite Sardinian Parchment Crackers (more on those, next week). Our list of possible food pairings is growing, but the month is young.
We’re beginning April with a winning sparkler and a positive attitude that spring is finally here to stay. And should there be a wrinkle or two along the way, we always have a spare bottle of bubbles to keep our spirits high. Cheers!
We purchased out bottles of Cremant de Bourgogne Val de Mer at Bauer Wine & Spirits ($16.99).
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Words: Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2014 Ed Cherubino
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