One of the many things I love about wine is
that you are never done discovering. We are back in Languedoc again this year, on
vacation, and I have made all sorts of new delicious bubbly discoveries.
On arriving our friends poured us a welcome
glass of sparkling Picpoul de Pinet from Côte Mas (Domaines Paul Mas) just
outside Montagnac. A first for me! Who would have thought – that the
light-bodied, crisp, lemony Picpoul white wine could transform into such a
Now I say ‘why did someone not think of this
years ago?’ It was absolutely delicious and a delightful way to start our
summer vacation. While many of the wines from Domaines Paul Mas are widely available
in the U.S. I am not sure whether this gently sparkling (frizzante) is imported.
Next up, following an afternoon of family
swimming fun at Pont du Diable (a bridge constructed by the Benedictine monks
in the 11th century), we kicked off the evening with a deliciously
fruity and vividly pink frizzante style sparkling wine from the well known and very
highly regarded Domaine Mas de Daumas Gassac. This 2012 Mas de Daumas Gassac
Rosé Frizant, packed with perky bright fruit and gently sparkling, is the
perfect way to kick off any summer picnic or afternoon gathering. It is made
from predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and about 10% Petit Mensang.
Our third tasty find was the non-vintage
Bulles de Chenin from Domaine de Conquêtes. It is made using the traditional method. This sparkling wine is a beautifully structured and elegant Blanc de
Blanc. Crisp and deliciously refreshing, it is mouth filling with delicate
orchard and citrus fruit aromas and flavors and just the perfect touch of
yeasty autolysis. Definitely a wine with lots of finesse.
While I try to focus on wines available in
the United States, so that interested readers have some chance of buying them, it
is also fun to discover what new things are trending in other countries. These
finds, all between
€14, are just another example of how much sparkling wine has and continues to evolve
and expand, and the exciting diversity of bubbly wines being produced around
the winegrowing world.
love to hear from readers on the exciting wine discoveries made by on vacation
(Images: Faith Durand; Mary Gorman McAdams)