Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Pinot Noir NV

As aperitifs go, the Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Pinot Noir NV is definitely a no brainer; it is light(12% a/v) and fresh and enjoyable and too easy to drink.

Cremant de Bourgogne is a generic term for all sparkling wines coming out of Burgundy and has been known as this since 1973, where all sparkling wines before this were referred to as Bourgogne Mousseux.

This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, but does not really give that impression. To look at it you would think it was a Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend or even a blanc de blanc, with the colour being bone straw. The nose again is very leesy which also indicates that the wine may have some Chardonnay in it. But it is in the mouth that the Pinot Noir takes centre stage with a clean fresh mouth feel helped along by a very fine bead. Hints of strawberry and rhubarb are noticeable after about 5 minutes in the glass.

As I said, a really nice and enjoyable aperitif.

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