I'm drinking Saint-Hilaire tonight!
Sunday, September 06, 2009
It's the end of the year, and while many people will be
drinking a bevy of sparkling wines and incorrectly calling
it champagne (that always gets me when some folks think that
it having the name 'champagne' makes it a better and more
classy drinking experience).
The more I learn about
wine, the more I learn about wine. I have written on
Champagne, as well as other sparkling wines, or bubblies,
such as Prosecco, Asti, Franciacorta, Fresita, Cava, and
Brachetto. I haven't touched upon Sekt yet, which is
sparkling wine from Germany and Austria), but I have had
that as well as Crémant, which is a term for sparkling wine
from France but not from the Champagne region.
this time, I was looking around for a nice bottle of bubbly
to have for New Year's Eve, and while I saw a couple nice
interesting bottles that were quality and a nice sugar level
(demi sec of course; for those that don't remember,
brut is extra, extra dry), I cam across a bottle that
caught my eye before, but never my interest. This time, it
changed. The wine is a white sparkling wine made in the
traditional method (secondary fermentation in the bottle),
but from a different appellation than Champagne, and this
appellation is Blanquette de Limou, which is produced in the
famous Languedoc region of France.
And on the
bottle, it claims to be France's oldest sparkling
What differs mostly from Champagne is the
grapes, with the main one being Mauzac, locally known as
Blanquette, and then Chardonnay and Chenin blanc (the latter
also known as Vouvray). It also has to be at least 90%
Mauzac. That said, the taste should be generally and
predominantly that of apple.
The most famous aspect of
this wine is that it's also the oldest example of sparkling
wine, which was first produced in 1531.
other people are drinking champagnes and wines that they
think are champagnes, I'll be content with opening my mind,
my vision and my palate, and drinking what they are having
in Limoux, France. You know I poo poo on the French, but
this year, I am going to give some of their lesser known
folks a little praise.
Happy New Year's folks!
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