Hello and Happy Wednesday!
We interrupt your work week to make our annual announcement of our picks for both our Champagne Value of the Year and Sparkling Wine Value of the Year!
As you may know, we love sparkling wine and Champagne at Perman Wine Selection!
Each year Craig makes the trek to Champagne to taste current releases and meet with producers. This is part of the process in determining what we feature.
Throughout the year we are also busy tasting sparkling wines from around the world, all in anticipation of choosing of we what we feel is the best bottle of bubbles for the price.
The holidays are a time when we pause and celebrate our yearly successes. It is also a time when a lot of our customers give client gifts. We believe Champagne or Sparkling Wine is the right choice for those moments.
These wines are limited in nature, so please reserve your bottles or cases today.
Have a great rest of your week,
Craig & Jamie
Bubbles of the Year!
Champagne Value of the Year:
2013 Champagne Marie-Courtin “Résonance,” Extra-Brut, Champagne, France
Polisot, is a sleepy and beautiful village located in the Southernmost part of the Champagne region called the Aube. The growing region of the area, called the Côte des Bar, is closer in proximity to Chablis than the heart of Champagne, some 90 miles to the north. There is more limestone and clay in the Côte des Bar, not so much chalk, as you find in the heart.
Even as I write about this producer, I have to catch myself and admit that using a term like “heart of Champagne” is something insulting to those in the Aube that for many years have taken a back seat to producers in sub-regions like the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. While producers in those places may think less of the Aube, if hard pressed and made to write a top ten list of my favorite Champagne producers, 5, yes 5 of the 10 would come from the Aube.
Marie-Courtin is certainly on that list of the best of Champagne.
Dominque Moreau, owner and winemaker of Marie Courtin (named after her grandmother), is one of the most talented and nicest producers in Champagne. Her minuscule vineyard holdings encompass roughly 2.5 ha, allowing her to produce around 16,000 bottles total annually.
She has been one of the leaders in the “organically grown” movement in Champagne, beginning the process to organic conversion in 2006, with certification in 2010.
Moreau produces a total of 4 different Champagne. The 2013 “Résonance” is our Champagne Value of the Year. It is made entirely from Pinot Noir grown on those beautiful limestone/clay soils.
The 2013 “Résonance” is stunning, aromatically complex with notes raspberry, plum, and mineral. On the palate, this has texture, freshness, concentration, and a really long finish.
There was no doubt that this deserved to be our Champagne Value of the Year! A fantastic Champagne!
$49.99 BTL / $599.88 CASE
ONLY 120 BOTTLES AVAILABLE
Sparkling Wine Value of the Year:
NV Domaine Belluard “Les Perles du Mont Blanc” Méthode Traditionnelle, Savoie, France
There are new wineries, and then there are “new to you” wineries. We have absolutely fallen in love with the wines of Domaine Belluard over the last couple years. This winery, “new to us,” but started in 1947 is located in the village of Ayse in the Haute-Savoie region of France.
What’s the local variety you ask? Why none other than Gringet. An old variety, thought to even pre-date the Romans, and found only in Ayse.
“Les Perles du Mont Blanc” is an outstanding value, deserving of the pick of Sparkling Wine Value of the Year.”
Beautiful aromatics of green apple skin, citrus, mineral and spice. Medium weight, with good concentration, notes of poached pear, and a long, layered finish. This is serious juice, but yet so uncompromisingly delicious.
Don’t miss this great value!
$23.99 BTL / $143.94 SIX-PACK CASE