Living in Bubbles

I am pretty much kicking some serious butt at my goal of drinking more bubbles this year. We’ve had more sparkling wine in the first half of 2010 than I think I’ve covered in all 4 years of writing this blog. Such a painful and hard goal too…  I’ve had lots of help from Jill over at DomaineLA with picking out and getting a diverse selection of bubbly to my door. I need to restock at least once more before our weather turns too warm for shipping! We’ve fallen into the tradition of opening a bottle of bubbles on a Saturday afternoon and hanging outside when it’s nice playing board games or curled up inside with a fire and a movie if it’s rainy or cold. For one of the nice days I chose the NV Francois Pinon Vouvray Brut. I purchased this from DomaineLA for $22, it had a traditional champagne closure, and clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume.

Off the first sniff this bubbly reminded me of beer. It showed yeast, toast, and apples, with a side of marshmallow and yellow apple. Also, it sort of just smelled a little hoppy like beer to me. In the mouth I found lots more apple, though it tended toward a greener apple than the nose, more toast, and melon notes. While the bubbly had an element of sweetness (perhaps better described as a fuller creamier mouthfeel) it remained plenty crisp and had nice acidity. I think I trounced Matt in Scrabble this day!

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4 Responses

  1. Vouvray is such a light and lovely sparkling wine, and not as potent in its aromas and flavours as the traditional ‘fizz’. Nice place to visit if happen to be in France. Great post, look forward to the next one (and many more bubbles!) Lou

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  3. I feel your pain….going through so many bubbles must be a hard job. Last Thanks Giving I really enjoyed a Cremant de la Loire rosè made from 100% Cab Franc.

  4. Try Huet Vouvray when you can. And if the Silex is avalable it can knock your socks off!

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