Let's get down to business. I've tried a few wines this week and thought I might share my thoughts on a few of them.
Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne France $18.95
This is a fantastic sparkling wine from the Chablis region in Burgundy. Sparkling wine just means wine with bubbles. How fun! This wine is a blend of grapes: 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.
This sparkler is made in the traditional method (the method used to make Champagne). It just can't be called "Champagne" because it's not made in Champagne region. Crémant is the term used for fine sparkling wines made outside of the Champagne region using the same wine-making techniques as in Champagne (I'll go through the techniques in another post).
This wine has some toasty notes (from the method of which the wine was made) with delicate mousse (mousse is a term used when describing a sparkling wine; it just refers to the fizziness). It also has great acidity and minerality with some yellow fruit flavours. I overheard a product consultant describe this wine as having lots of finesse as I was drinking it (and enjoying!). I thought it described the wine nicely. It's crisp and very refreshing. The finish is a bit short but for the money, I'm not going to complain because it is enjoyable. The word "Brut" means dry. The producer is Simonnet-Febvre And Fils and is known to produce good-quality wines.
For the money, I would definitely pick up a few bottles. There's no need for a special occasion to drink a sparkling wine. I could drink this by itself on a patio, or as a starting wine to get the evening rolling.
The item number at the LCBO (for those in Ontario) is 126318.