Monday, June 13, 2011

Ben's Bubbly: Patrick Bottex "La Cueille" Bugey-Cerdon Rosé (Méthode Ancéstrale)

This week Ben had his two-month doctor's appointment. Unfortunately, this appointment included his first immunization shots, and he was not a happy camper. He had a fever the first night and was ornery for a few days, but is doing better now. He is using his hands and arms more and is even holding the rattle his mom made. He also went to his first wine festival and met a handful of Colorado's winemakers. He loves showing off his big toothless smiles, but only when there are no cameras around. We are amazed that at only two months old, he knows when we are trying to take his picture, and becomes very stoic and the smiles cease. It really is quite funny, but I'm sure that we'll get some photos of his sweet bubbly face in the future. Thus, for this week's Ben's Bubbly, we picked a sparkler as sweet as our little boy.

NV Patrick Bottex "La Cueille" Bugey-Cerdon Rosé (Méthode Ancéstral)

This grapefruit-pink sparkling wine is made from 90% Gamay and 10% Poulsard in the area between the Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône in France. Different from the méthode champenoise, the méthode ancestrale technique bottles the wine before primary fermentation is complete and the wine goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Unlike in Champagne, dosage is not permitted. Bright fruit (mostly ripe strawberries) dominates the nose and the palate. Quite sweet, this wine is perfect as an apertif or for a picnic on a hot summer day. More acidity could make this a more complete wine, but nonetheless it is fun and refreshing. 8% abv Purchased $14. Good/Very Good (tasted 6/10/11)

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