Monday, December 28, 2015

Pierre Péters Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs

Sparkling Wine of the Week: Pierre Péters Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs 

Always a favorite in our home, this sparkling wine was sourced from Grand Cru vineyards located in the commune of Le Mesnil sur Oger in the Cote des Blancs sub region of Champagne. The belemnite chalky soil of the area helps maintain acidity while adding a chalky mineral nuance to the wine. 

A pale straw color in the glass, this wine has aromas of baked pear with citrus, it has a creamy texture with refreshing acidity. It is dry with crisp citrus flavors and a light toasted note with a long mineral finish. 

A preferred choice with cold seafood platters but easily enjoyed anytime, approximately $60.

Monday, December 7, 2015

André Clouet Champagne Rosé No. 3 Grand Cru Brut

Sparkling Wine of the Week: André Clouet Champagne Rosé No. 3 Grand Cru Brut

This wine was given to me by a friend that joined us for dinner over the holidays. I can assure you that 
he was well-received when I opened the door and saw the bottle. The Champagnes of André Clouet are favorites at our home. This high-quality small production sparkling wine comes from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy located in the Champagne region of France. It is made from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the prime mid-slope section of the vineyard.

A pretty pale pink color, this wine is dry and refreshing with aromas of raspberry and orange zest with a light floral note. It has similar flavors with a bit of yeast and gingerbread in the lingering mineral-laced finish.

The wine is the perfect hostess gift, approximately $50.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mumm Napa Brut Prestige

Sparkling Wine of the Week: 
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige* 
A blend of mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with some Pinot Gris and Pinot Meunier made in the traditional method, this is Mumm Napa's signature sparkling wine. 
Fruitier and a bit rounder than most Champagne, this bottle of dry bubbles offers fresh apples and citrus with a bit of yeast and a light toasty note with a lingering finish. This is the perfect wine with which to greet your holiday guests at the door, approximately $22. 
*Media Sample