After discussing Méthode Champenois, we had a craving for some bubbly, so we decided to open an N.V. Château Moncontour Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé. We love this wine as an “everyday” bubbly and is great as an aperitif or great to pair with a light dessert.
So what is Crémant? Crémant (pronounced “cray-mon”) is a less bubbly style of sparkling wine with a gentle effervescence. Château Moncontour Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé, in particular, consists of 90% Cabernet Franc from the Chinon region of France and 10% Chenin from the Vouvray region of France. These grapes are grown in soils of gravel and sandstone. They are hand harvested, then pressed. The must then goes through primary fermentation and then secondary fermentation, utilizing Méthode Champenois. The bottles are then aged on their sides for 12 months before released to the importer.
So you might be thinking, “Man, that stuff must be expensive. It’s from France AND they use that expensive Méthode Champenois.” Well, you might be surprised to find that this bottle of bubbly only costs $16 to $18. It truly is a stellar value!
Our tasting notes of the Château Moncontour Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé: Deep salmon in color with hints of amber. A moderate amount of small bubbles. Nose of honey, chalk, maraschino cherry, and citrus. The palate reveals cranberry, melon (honeydew and cantaloupe), sweet cherry, tart strawberry, kiwi, chalk, salinity, pink Himalayan salt, pineapple, star fruit, and toast on the finish. The body is med-full, and finish is medium. Dry with slight residual sugars on the palate, but by no means sweet.
Again, we absolutely love this wine. You can’t beat the price for such high quality. If you see it, try it and let us know what YOU think of it!