New Sparkling Pinot Noir

Monday, December 10, 2012

We’ve long been interested in the Hautes-Côtes. Situated in the rolling hills just over the ridge of the famous Côte d’Or, this sub-region of Burgundy is getting more attention every day.

Historically, winemaking has been more difficult here than on the other side of the ridge. The vines are about 100 meters higher in elevation, and their ripening is usually a week or so later. But with global warming pushing harvest dates earlier every year, these parcels are becoming more and more interesting to growers and drinkers alike. In the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, above Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, we’ve found wines of exceptional value.

Most recently we have come upon a delightful crémant (sparkling wine) from a producer based in Rully. Louis Picamélot makes a number of delicious dry Crémants de Bourgogne; but his single-parcel Blanc de Noir from the Hautes-Côtes caught our eye this spring. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, a grape whose juice has long been used to make Champagne to the north.

This is beautiful, dry sparkling wine. There are subtle bubbles that help the wine express its clean, citrus character. With crisp acidity and no exotic notes, this wine is perfect for food. We served some over Thanksgiving, and with more rich meals on the way this winter, we’re likely to serve more soon.

Ansonia Retail Price: $24
Holiday Catalog Price: $19.95


NOTE: This wine and 30 others (including 2 sparklings) are included in our Holiday Catalog.