Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC 2016

Domaine Thibert ~ Crémant de Bourgogne AOC 2016
£18.50 / bottle£210.90 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Grapes: Chardonnay
Grapes: Gamay
Region: Burgundy
Style: Beautiful Bubbles
Wine Types: Sparkling Wines & Champagne
Wine Types: White Wines
Drink: Now to 2022
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 12.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

Crémant is a term used to describe sparkling wines from France produced using the same method as Champagne but originating from regions other than Champagne. Some can be lighter and crisp in style, closer to Prosecco than Champagne but the Crémants de Bourgogne, especially those from Southern Burgundy, are one of France's best kept secrets as they can make a really good value alternative to champagne.

Read more about Domaine Thibert in my featured winery blog.


The wine

This is a lovely fresh but medium-bodied Crémant from Domaine Thibert, one of Burgundy's top producers. It has a beautiful bouquet with a Champagne-like hint of biscuit and brioche. It has a persistent mousse and on the palate fruits abound. The fruits balance well with the fresh acidity and you are left with a long-lasting creamy, rich, fruit finish.

This makes a very good alternative to Champagne given it is produced by the same method, from the same grapes and has the same characteristics as Champagne but with a lower price tag. And I still have the equally lovely rosé Crémant in stock if you want to try the pink version.

Food Pairing

Drink on its own, with canapés, smoked salmon, caviar, shellfish including lobster, fish, chicken, turkey and desserts especially fruit based desserts such as sorbet.

Producer's Notes

"The plots face south, at an altitude of 330m. The cuvee is a blend of 80% chardonnay and 20% Gamay grapes.

Soils: streaked Triassic clays, very clayey.

Tasting: The altitude of the parcels contributes to a fine and elegant bouquet. The Gamay and chardonnay blend during the long ageing cycle to produce a rich Crémant with fine and persistent effervescence.

Vinification and ageing: Traditional Crémant de Bourgogne vinification, followed by about 16 months of ageing on slats.

Suggested ageing before drinking: 3 to 5 years."

Tasted blind, this could well pass for Champagne and makes a very good alternative to Champagne. Rich but refreshing, elegant Crémant de Bourgogne

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