Bubble in Paradise
Free tasting | Saturday, December 29, 2018 | 4-6PM
Bubble in Paradise? Bubbles and Cremeux will help! We’re opening up a lot of, that’s right: BUBBLES. Just Bubbles and Paradise and Cremeux to end 2018 and ring in 2019. We all need a little bubble rainbow in our lives. Cheers!
NV Domaine Piffaudière, Touraine Gazouille Blanc (Loire Valley, France) | Olivier Bellanger farms 10 organic hectares of vines upon ideal south facing slopes in Touraine. He grows many different varieties including including Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau (Arbois), Gamay, Pineau d’Aunis, Côt and Cabernet Franc. With chalky limestone and sandy, flinty soils, this bubbly is all mineral Loire bliss.
NV Huré Frères, Invitation Brut (Champagne, France) | Huré Frères makes mouthwatering, terroir-driven and focused wine. Passed down from his grandfather, François Huré, has been at the head of the biodynamic estate since 2008 after receiving his oenology degree in Dijon. The Huré family collectively owns 10 hectares in the villages of Ludes, Villedomange, Brouillet, Serzy, Prin and Vavray, and also buy some Chardonnay vines from a 1.5 hectare plot in Rilly-la Montagne and Villers-Marmery. In the cellar, they use a mix of steel tanks, large oak foudres, and smaller oak barrels. In ‘Invitation Brut,’ grapes are vinified separately, spending 30 months on lees, and blended with reserve wine dating back to 1982. Rich in ripe fruit aromas, cherry plums and a hint of toasted bread. Balanced, flexible and charming. 8g dosage. Cepage: 40% PM, 40% PN, 20% CH.
NV Marc Hébrart, Brut Selection, Premier Cru (Champagne, France) | Jean-Paul Hébrart took over the family business from his father, Marc Hébrart, in 1997. Located in the Vallée de la Marne, Hébrart farms 14 hectares of vines on 65 different sites in 6 villages: the 1er cru vineyards of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Avenay, Val d’Or and Bisseuil and the grand crus villages of Aÿ as well as Chouilly and Oiry in the Côte des Blancs. Each parcel is vinified separately in glass lined stainless steel and ceramic tanks, and barrel experimentation is also employed. Describing the Brut Selection, importer and wine writer Terry Theise writes, “Because it’s based on 2012, it’s a drier and fuller bottling. It also has a lower than usual dosage. Still shows its characteristic chalk-jasmine-freesia, but the weight is so elegantly dispersed and rides such an endless vein of clarity and energy; it’s like a Mirabelle liqueur from which the sugar was removed. And by the way, this enticingly seductive Champagne can be laid away for much longer than anyone ever does." Cepage: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay.
NV Pol Roger Brut Réserve (Champagne, France) | Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated, and owns 50% of their vineyard holdings, which is a rarity in Champagne unless you’re a small grower and not a large Champagne house. Sometimes you just need a big ole fancy Champagne with buttery notes of brioche and vanilla, all while maintaining finesse and style as its golden bubbles fizz in your glass. What’s cooler than imbibing in 169 years of Champagne history? This NV (non-vintage) Brut Réserve is an equal blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay from 30 different crus. 25% reserve wines are used to produce this cuvée. Also, for all the Royals fans out there, Pol Roger Brut Réserve was served at Prince Harry and Princess Meghan’s wedding day this past May!