A sparkling wine from the southwest of France composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac made in the methode tradionelle way. It is dry. Pale golden in color with a nice mousse of very small bubbles. Clear and bright. The nose is nice with green apples and a bit of brioche. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, the green apples carry thru with a bit of underlying char. Nice finish. This is very food friendly and will go with just about anything. Drink over the next couple of years.
Cuvaison is best known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but in 2012 they launched a sparkling program. Comprised of mainly Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay, this brut was made in the traditional Champagne method. Using Pinot Dijon clone 115 planted in 1998, winemaker Steve Rogstad says these 25-year-old vines bring a “precocious beauty” to the wine, and I have to agree. This is a delicate wine with minimal sweetness, using the grace of the Pinot and the acidity and light salinity of the Chardonnay to make a very balanced, almost shy wine.
A nice showing especially considering the vintage. Light golden in color. A steady stream of smaller bubble. The nose is clean with good minerality and slight pear notes. Full bodied but overall the wine is more on the delicate side. Clean. On the palate, slight pear and nice minerality as well. Long finish. This should drink well over the next eight to ten years. Very food friendly. Nice to open a bottle of this with some popcorn.
A difficult vintage in Champagne, but this one is drinking very well. Golden in color, clear and bright. A persistent bead of small bubbles form a nice mousse. The nose is big with apples, pears, yeast and salinity. Full bodied but good acidity. On the palate, apples, salinity and slight yeast. Long finish. Delicious. This is drinking well but should easily go another five to eight years. Very food friendly, this would be very nice with spicy Thai food.
Gorgeous. This is their "basic" non-vintage or multi-vintage but better than most luxury cuvees. It is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay, and 16% Meunier. Light golden in color with a steady stream of small bubbles. Nice frothy mousse. The nose has toast, yeast, slight cherries, apples and chalk. Full bodied. On the palate, this is complex and deep. Slightly tart fruit (oranges) with some chalk. Long finish. This is drinking well now, and should for the next ten to fifteen years. This will go with just about any food. It would be great with Sushi.
Always a treat though this is starting to show some age (in a good way). Light golden in color, clear and bright. The mousse isn't as frothy as it had been not as persistent, but still present. It is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay. The nose is great with yeast, ginger, slight char, and slight nutty note. Full bodied. On the palate, this is deep and complex. Some apples, ginger, char and nuts especially on the finish. Long finish. Great on its own, this is incredibly versatile with food. It worked well with grilled, spiced radishes.
With 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, this is slowly opening up. Pale golden in color, clear and bright. Lots of tiny bubbles. The nose is boisterous with pears and green apples along with a bit of chalk and slight black cherry. Really a lot going on. Full bodied. Tart acidity. On the palate, green apples, slight lemon, slight black cherry with nice chalky minerality. Long, long finish. Plenty of depth and layered complexity. Still quite youthful but getting closer to peak. Drink over ten to fifteen years. This is very food friendly and went great with an assortment of cheeses
This is a blend of 50% Chardonnay. 45% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Munier. This is their prestige cuvee in the attractive, hand painted bottle. Go0lden in color with a steady stream of small bubbles. The nose is nice with toast, slight lemon and maybe a hint of peach. Crisp acidity. On the palate, lemons with some toast. Long finish. Very tasty and very food friendly, it will work with just about any food. Still fresh and vibrant, drink over the next seven to ten years.
Disgorged March 2022. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Grüner Veltliner. Golden in color, clear and bright. A nice mousse of small bubbles. On the nose, light toast, hay, chalk and some apricot. Frothy. On the palate, crisp with nice peach notes. What seems like just a hint of sweetness. Minerality. Some depth. Long finish. This is refreshing and very food friendly. Drink over the next few years. This would be a great wine to sit with a bowl of (buttered) popcorn and watch a really good movie.
This is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Straw gold in color. A steady bead of tiny bubbles. The nose is nice with apples, slight peach, spice and a bit of baked bread. Full bodied. Firm structure at age 16. On the palate, red fuji apple, some green apples, some salinity and minerality. Lots of depth, it unwinds in the glass to show a delicious complexity. Long, tart finish. This wine drinks beautifully on its own and will work well with just about any food. Fried foods would be perfect. Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.