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Superb Bubbly: Food and Wine magazine agrees!

September 14, 2010

When I saw that Food & Wine magazine called the Parigot Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs “Possibly the best affordable Champagne alternative ever” I just knew I would share it with you. Full disclosure here: this wine is part of the portfolio that I sell here in south New Jersey for Willette Wines, an importer and distributor of fine, mostly cool-climate wines.

Now, I don’t intend to start hawking my wines here, but I was pretty excited to see our fantastic sparkling wine on the pages of a magazine like Food & Wine. The article is a review of low cost wines called “Amazing Value Wines.” (Find the article here: www.foodandwine.com/articles/100-wine-bottles-to-drink-right-now-amazing-value-wines )

For anyone unfamiliar with the terms used in the typically long Old World name, a Crémant (cray-mont) is the French name for a sparkling wine from a region outside of Champagne. It is made by the same method used to make Champagne, so it is true to the character of sparkling wine. In fact, a crémant from Burgundy (the French word ‘Bourgogne’ in the name of the wine indicates that it is from Burgundy) is generally made from the same grapes used in Champagne. In the case of the Blanc de Blancs (literally, white from white), it is a white wine made from white grapes (Chardonnay in this case). The producer, Parigot & Richard, also makes a sparkling rosé using 100% pinot noir, another grape used to make Champagne.

While I can’t disagree with the author of the Food & Wine article that the Blanc De Blancs is a great bottle of bubbly, I have to say that I definitely lean towards the rosé. Both wines are Brut, meaning that they are basically dry, but I find that the bold fruit of the pinot noir in the rosé is sublime. It produces a wonderfully fruity wine with a heady mousse, strawberry and light red fruit with a pleasing finish. Like a lot of bubbly, either will pair well with a variety of foods (so don’t just relegate this to New Year’s or weddings).

This might explain why I’ve sold more of the rosé than the blanc de blancs, too. So, to find this wine in south NJ, try Hops & Grapes in Glassboro (www.hopsandgrapesonline.com) where it happens to be on sale for a great price of $17.98, or by the bottle at The Borgata in Atlantic City (www.theborgata.com) or Steve & Cookie’s By the Bay in Margate (www.steveandcookies.com).

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