06/25/18 Sparklers and reds!
Sieur d’Arques Blanquette de Limoux Comte de Galeran Methode Traditionelle. Limoux is the oldest appellation for sparkling wines in Europe. When a sparkling wine is made with at least 90% Mauzac, it must be called “Blanquette.” This wine was pale, very dry with an autolytic nose (toasting brioche) but not over-done! Classified as a Brut, it drinks very dry.
Champagne Le Mesnil Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne (NV). Mesnil -Sur-Oger is one of the premier villages in the Champagne region. From the vineyards in the area come two of the very best Champagnes, Salon’s Jardin du Mesnil and Krug’s Clos du Mesnil. Both are chardonnay based wines hence the “blanc de blancs” designation. This particular wine was dry, lively on the palate though sedate in the glass. No gusher of carbonation here, perhaps due to extended lees aging and the fact that this was a late-disgorgement wine. Very dry with tart citrus on the palate leading to a long dry finish. Toasty brioche on the nose. Lovely.
Lava Cap El Dorado Cabernet 2016. This wine was medium ruby color, medium body. High acidity and juicy fruit but lacking in structure.