Sunday, May 20, 2012

Carte Turquoise

We opened another sparkling wine from the Loire the other evening, this time a Domaines du Baumard Carte Turquoise.  there are some notes on a previous bottle of it's sister wine, Carte Corail, here.

The wine is a mixture of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.  Good set of bubbles and a yeasty nose of honeysuckle and cookies fresh from the oven.  Good balance of fruit that stayed more to the white side, though one could pick up red flavors from the Cabernet Franc.  Just off dry, but with good acid on the finish.  Not a ton of elegance here, but a very good, basic sparkling wine that was tasty and refreshing.

This was the first bottle of the evening  and with steamed shrimp and a collection of several dipping suaces it was a good way to start.

You can check out the Domaines du Baumard here.

12.5% alcohol and $16.

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