When it gets warm out, I start to think “bubbles.” Which is odd. Drinking sparkling wine routinely doesn’t usually occur to me. I have plenty of sparkling wine in the basement, but when I’m considering what to pop open that night, it’s not often that I say to myself “Oh, let me grab a sparkler.” I should more often. Sparkling wine is so refreshing and goes really well with almost any food group….from eggs to french fries! I plucked the NV Jean Francois Mérieau Bulles Loire Sparkling Wine from the basement for an aperitif the other night. I purchased this wine from Domaine547 a long time ago…I want to say it was around $17, it had a traditional champagne closure, and clocked in at 11% alcohol by volume.
On the nose I found lemon, honey, yeast, citrus, and sea salt. It smells like a Blue Moon! In the mouth the wine had nice bubbles. I found it to be yeasty, with lemon, bread, toast, green apple, lemon drops, and almonds. Overall, the wine showed as tart and refreshing and definitely got our palates ready for the big steak and Cabernet that came next! Plus, the bottle had such a cute label :)