Montmarte Brut Blanc NV
Wine: Montmarte Brut
Grapes: Ugni Blanc
If this photo of my friend Chef Lisa White is any indication of how much fun we had on Mardi Gras day - and believe me, it's dead on - then you can probably imagine how fabulous the day went. I can honestly hear her laugh when I look at this. Lisa is one of the brightest souls I've met here in New Orleans and one of the two incredible pastry chefs behind Willa Jean. I had the BEST time exploring the costumes and shenanigans in the French Quarter under her wing. We'd walk a block, join a Cupid Shuffle, then circle back around to the Rosen's place on Bourbon, where the Montmarte Brut was free-flowing under a blue sky and perfect temp.
This bubbly is the second in a few weeks I've written about that's cheap and cheerful and unapologetically modern; the production is mammoth and not particularly hands-on. It's the fast food meal you know has zero nutrients, but so much flavor and deliciousness you devour it without a second thought. That it's a mere 10.5% alcohol helps explain its quaffability. It goes down way easy.
The Montmarte Brut Blanc de Blanc NV is made from 100% ugni blanc, also known as Trebbiano Toscano, in the Charmat method with grapes from unspecified regions. Ugni blanc is France's most widely planted white grape, chiefly if not only in the southern part of the country, between Provence, Southern Rhône and around Bordeaux, and is used to make Armagnac and Cognac. This wine is bright and easy with apple fruit and citrus notes, fine bubbles and a surprisingly great length. For $10 and a Cookie Monster wig, you can't go wrong.