Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Champagne and Spring

"Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and champagne makes you do them."        Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
One of the best things about spring is the number of rose' wines that begin to appear in the market. It's a sure sign of warmer weather and the freshness of renewal after winter.  I didn't have to go to the market for this bottle of Jean Moutardier Champagne Brut Rose' Le Breuil, it has been sitting in the cellar for a couple of years. 

This is a very dark rose' with fully extracted flavors.  There is no hint of subtlety here - this wine is about ripe strawberries and cherries.  There was some yeastiness in the nose, but mostly this was fresh fruit. Despite the depth of the fruit the wine was not sweet, it was tart, pert and happy.  There was great acid, some really long lasting bubbles and a true celebration in the mouth.  It's a wine that brings a smile with it.

Jean Moutardier Champagne Brut Rose' Le Breuil.  12.5% alcohol and $50.

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