Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut
Wine: Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne
Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, Palentine's Day - whatever you want to call it, the contrived mid-February holiday provided an excellent excuse for a badass lady dinner party last night, complete with white table cloth, polished silver, and bubbles, of course. Six of us enjoyed a pot luck that began with a lovely charcuterie board (gooey cheese and pink bubbles) baked mac-and-cheese topped with thinly sliced tomato (brilliant), a roasted cauliflower and onion quiche (amazing), Popeye's fried chicken (because I didn't cook, but everyone loves fried chicken) and a super moist and decadent chocolate lava cake with creme anglaise that I wish I'd doggy bagged the last few bites that were left behind. It was a great group of smart, inspiring ladies.
The Simonnet-Febvre wines showed up on my radar last summer, when The Carriage picked up the Bourgogne blanc for the shelf. In December, we shared their incredibly alluring Grand Cru Chablis 'Les Clos' with our Vine Club members, which was a huge hit. So when I saw the Crémant de Bourgogne, it had to be tasted.
Simonnet-Febvre makes several chardonnay bottlings in the Chablis region just north of Burgundy, including six Premier Cru and five Grand Cru wines, basic Chablis and Petite Chablis. Oh, and the crémant, which we have here. Crémants are sparkling wines made in the same method as Champagne, but are from vineyards outside the Champagne designate. The Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV displayed tiny bubbles with clean apple fruit on the nose and palate, bright and youthful with a just a hint of sweet to balance the acid, and decent length finish. There are definitely bottles just as balanced and delicious for closer to $10 out there, but this was a special-ish occasion wine, and well-received.