Domaine: Picamelot is among Burgundy’s finest crémant houses. The Wine Advocate’s resident Champagne expert William Kelley writes that “Picamelot produces some of the best sparkling wines in Burgundy,” and calls their wines “elegant,” “excellent,” and “superb.”
Appellation: Crémant de Bourgogne is sparkling wine made in Burgundy. The method is similar to Champagne: fermentation in tank, bottling, dosing with sugar and yeast, second fermentation, then disgorging. Crémant usually spends less time on the lees than Champagne, but can offer exceptional value.
Wine: Picamelot’s Brut “Les Terroirs” is a blend of Burgundy’s three grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligoté. It spends nine months on the lees, and was disgorged earlier this year.
Notes: This nose is clean and elegant, with notes of almond, pineapple, and cream. The mouth is very dry, quite lively, and crisply refreshing, with apple fruit and a long vinous finish. At $22 this continues to be a steal; pair this with a warm Friday afternoon.
Also available in: Magnums.
Picamelot Crémant Brut “Terroirs” NV
bottle price: $22
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