Monday, January 25, 2016

André Clouet Champagne Grand Cru "Silver" Brut Nature

Sparkling Wine of the Week: André Clouet Champagne Grand Cru "Silver" Brut Nature 

My husband purchased this bottle for us at Spec's in Midtown Houston when he was out shopping for some wine and spirits gifts for a few coworkers over the holidays. The Champagnes of André Clouet are favorites at our home so he snapped this up when he saw it. This small production sparkling wine comes from the Champagne village of Bouzy which is known for its high quality Pinot Noir. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the sunnier mid-slope section of the Grand Cru vineyard. There is no sugar added to this 100% Pinot Noir wine and it is aged in neutral oak barrels.

Creamier and a bit fuller-bodied than many sparkling wines, this wine is dry and crisp with fresh bakery aromas of brioche over apricot and light cherry notes. Similar flavors with a touch of citrus in the lingering mineral-laced finish.

Though enjoyable alone, it can be an elegant alternative for heartier dinner fare, we enjoyed it with slow-roasted pork and vegetables, approximately $50.