The nose of this incredibly elegant and delicious wine is bright citrus mixed with dried apricots and pears, with hints of honey and green apple. Once sipped, the small, delicate bubbles bring forward the nice acid and light toast with a finish of fresh melon and lime. A truly spectacular and well-rounded flavor from start to finish. This dry wine goes with so much, from oysters and caviar to grilled cheese sandwiches, and from milestone celebrations to getting in and out of the D.M.V. in under an hour. This wine is simply fantastic, and its price is even more so.
A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin, 5% Pinot Noir, and 5% Mauzac (a Limoux specialty), this wine is made in the méthode traditionnelle, whereby the effervescence is produced by a secondary fermentation in the bottle. It's then delicately gravity-pressed pneumatically, and fermented in stainless steel. With limited yields, this wine is quality over quantity all the way. Hand-harvested and matured sur lie on fine lees for between one and two years, there is no better bang for the buck than this bubbly.