Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cremant De Loire

To go with with the asparagus and morel risotto discussed below I wanted something light and happy that reflected spring, and something that wouldn't be destroyed by the asparagus.

The answer was a Baumard, Carte Corail Rose', a sparkling wine from the Loire.  Pale onion skin color with just a touch of pink in the glass the aroma was distinctly peaches and strawberries.  So was the taste, fruity with strawberries and a bit of cherry at the end.  The wine was just off dry, not quite to the sweetness of an extra dry champagne, but certainly not a brut dryness.  There were some good yeasty flavors at the very end. The wine is 100% Cabernet Franc. 

Very good choice with the risotto because the fruit played nicely against the earthiness of the morels and the yeastiness and the asparagus did not argue with each other. 

12.5% alcohol and $16.

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