#NWTW: French Sparkling, NOT Champagne
#NWTW: French Non-Champagne Sparkling Wine
The #NWTW wine of the week this week is sparkling wine from France, but not Champagne. For much of France, the wines are labeled “Crémant”, but this doesn’t apply exclusively. As long as it was made in the same method as Champagne (Methode Champenoise or Methode Traditionnelle), we would be all set. We chose this one:
François Chidaine Montlouis sur Loire Methode Traditionnelle ($22 locally)
Eye: Bright, clear rich yellow. Very lively large bubbles; not a fine mousse.
Nose: Rich brioche, yeasty nose.
Mouth: Very lively sparkling wine, bright, dry but not severe. Very nice!
François Chidaine is a winegrower in the Loire. Montlouis is right across the river from Vouvray, and the main grape, like Vouvray, is Chenin Blanc. His estate has been farmed biodynamically since 2003, but he doesn’t want that to be his calling card, he wants his wines to be noticed for their own merits. There is no mention of the methods on the bottles of his wines.
Wine Pairings: Curry Spiced Roasted Cauliflower and Oysters on the Half Shell
I started out thinking that oysters would be fun. Oysters on their own, however, don’t seem like a full meal, so I thought I’d roast some cauliflower as well.
What a weird combination. The wine tasted great with both of the foods. However, the foods didn’t really work together! The oysters, as usual, gave a clear impression of fresh, alive, the cool ocean. The curry spice on the cauliflower, while nice, brought to mind a hot humid summer day. Such different impressions. Wine pairing to food, check and check. Food pairing to food, #fail!
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