100% Chardonnay and it looks every bit like it too. Citrus and stonefruits, white flowers and white stones. The fizz is quite soft and creamy, there is plenty of mid palate fruit weight and the acid is quite tame. This makes for a soft and fluffy Sparkling that delivers plenty of flavour. Best served on its own but will work with food that is mild and crunchy like tempura flathead tails. Definitely a drink now style!
An estate that dates back to 1877. The Nuits St Georges based Bouillots were always focussed on making Crémant styles from Burgundy (even though they pre-dated the appellation by 100 years). They make 13 cuvees from Crémant de Bourgogne and they are all charming and affable wines at a very agreeable price.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Crémant de Bourgogne – Sparkling wine appellation in Burgundy that was given AOC status in 1975. It comprises of hand harvested grapes are crafted into sparkling wines using the methode traditionelle. Made from a minimum of 30% Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. Aligoté is often added to fill out the blend. Quality and styles vary greatly. The best are very good replacements for Champagne!
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.