Since we’ve moved our sales online, we tend to think less about the labels on our bottles. When we had our DC shop, a colorful label might help a sale, and a dull one might hurt. Now the focus is entirely on what’s inside the bottle, which is what we’ve been interested in all along.
The downside, however, is that we don’t get to show off nice looking bottles. And the wine hurt most by not looking at it is the Crémant Chataignier from Albert Sounit. This sparkling rosé from Burgundy comes in a clear bottle with a beautiful silver label and cap – visually, it’s the perfect wine for Valentine’s Day.
Luckily, what’s in the bottle is just as lovely. This is a blend of gamay, pinot noir and pinot gris, providing a beautiful balance between fruit and floral notes. Chataignier is dry but has lovely notes of strawberries, and a pleasant creaminess.
Whether you serve this with strawberries after a home-cooked meal next Thursday (a delicious combination), or have a glass or two before heading out for a fancy dinner, Chataignier is among the prettiest wines – visually and gustatorily – that we know.
SOUNIT CREMANT ROSÉ
Ansonia Retail: $19
offer price: $16.95