My wine of the week for Wine Wednesday is Bailly Lapierre’s Cremant de Bourgogne NV. I tried this wine early in September at the Regal Wine Imports portfolio tasting. I found it on wine-searcher for about $18.
This Maison (House) focuses exclusively on Cremant de Bourgogne. Cremant is made in much the way that Champagne is, using the same varieties but cannot be called Champagne because it comes from other regions in France. Speaking with the export manager that day he mentioned the underground quarries where the wines age and the location of the vineyards as being the signature differentiating factors for these wines. They have been making wines since 1972, using classic Burgundian varieties : Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
I love sparkling wines every day of the week and Cremant has been a go-to wine for sometime. Less expensive than Champagne, Cremant is a beautiful alternative if you are looking for a French bubbly. I also find the bubbles to be somewhat smaller and the perlage to be creamier, like a Saten made in Franciacorta. This is a style I am partial to and it works perfectly with my palate. Salut!