Night o’ pink sparkling

Tonight we taste 8 different bubblies on the pink side, from Spain, north to Burgundy and Champagne and finally back home to California.

Codorniu Cava Pinot Noir Brut nv
Earthy and coarse – a real disappointment. All Pinot Noir fermented in the bottle tasted, as in methode champenoise. Elaborador in Saint Sadurni d’Anoia in the Penedes 12% $9.99 at Bottle Barn Codorniu

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Rose Perle d’Aurore Brut nv
I had a chance to taste the range of sparkling from Bouillot this year at the Les Grands Jours. This producer shows that good value sparkling comes from other corners of the world. This wine in particular has doughy complexity for its price level, 100% Pinot Noir. Elabore a Nuits-St.-Georges 12% previously $13.95 at Traverso’s, up to $15.99 in August ’09

Domaine Carneros, Carneros, Brut, Rose, Cuvee de la Pompadour nv
This wine is crisp and cull of fresh strawberries. The grapes are 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. The wine ages 2-2.5 years en tirage and the dosage is 1.3%. The name calls to mind Madame Pampadour, who was supposed to have introduced bubbly to the French Court in the 18th century. P&B in Napa 12% $36.99 at Bottle Barn Domaine Carneros

Schramsberg North Coast Blanc de Noirs Brut 2004
Cheese and other notes that are a bit less than clean with lowish appearing acidity. 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay with some barrel fermentation. P&B in Calistoga 13.1% $28.99 at Bottle Barn Schramsberg

Gloria Ferrer Carneros Brut Rose 2003
This wine has the softer, more plump profile that I associate with their Blanc de Noirs with perhaps a bit less residual sugar. Mostly Pinot Noir and a little Chardonnay. P&B in Sonoma 12.9% $42 at the winery
Gloria Ferrer

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Rose nv
A class favorite for a raft of flavors. Elabore a Reims 12.5% $52.99 at Bottle Barn Veuve Clicquot

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Rose Brut nv
Floral and candy in a silky profile, with moderate but fairly priced concentration for Champagne. The grapes behind the wine are 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. Winemaker Jean-Pierre Vincent. 12% previously $34.99 at Bottle Barn, up to $38.49 in August ’09 Nicolas Feuillatte

Egly-Ouriet Champagne Premier Cru Les Vignes de Vrigny Brut nv disgorged November 2007 This was the show-stopper. In the nose there is loads of brioche, a very complex wine to smell; tasting again in December the mouth has a richness and great complexity as well. This is a wine with great finesse that goes on and on. The grapes are all Pinot Meunier from le Terroir de Vrigny.

This bottle tasted spent 40 months on the lees and was disgorged in November of 2007. Elabore a Ambonnay 12.5% previously $52.49 and purchased in July 2010 for $44.99 at Bottle Barn

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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