Monday, August 20, 2018

Oh, You Big Brut!

From casual country weddings to noisy Formula One triumphs, there's no wrong place to splash out for bubbly wines, and that includes summer picnics, impromptu parties and romantic trysts. One version of fizz that can fill the bill anywhere is Chateau des Charmes' Brut Methode Traditionelle n/v and their "baby brut". ($25.95 and 15.95 respectively). A classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes combined in the traditional French (i.e. Champagne) style, it's carefully aged on the lees (the spent yeasts) for two to three years then filtered just before corking and shipping, (RD or recently disgorged) for freshness. The result, a creamy mini-explosion on your palate of Meyer lemon, lime zest and freshly toasted bread. All backgrounded by a steady stream of fine, persistent bubbles.
If you want to get all spicy, there's Chateau des Charmes Gewurztraminer 2016: This hand-harvested spicy grape, with its origins in Alsace, France, planted in Canada by the Bosc family in 1996, is hitting its peak now in Niagara with its bouquet of ultra-ripe tropical fruits and lychee, smooth, rich and complex. There’s a hint of residual sugar that gives a luscious mouthfeel without extra sweetness.