This week we try 3 tasty French wines from 3 famous regions.
- Cave de Bissey Cremant, Bourgogne – Established in 1928, this cooperative in Burgundy specializes in sparkling wines. Their Cremant Brut is a beautiful example: made in the traditional method (methode champenoise) from local grapes Aligote, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it produces fine, elegant bubbles tasting of white peach, pears and a touch of lemon with a long, clean finish. $21 btl, $8 btg
- Belleruche Blanc, Cotes du Rhone – This lush white blend of Grenache Blanc, Rousanne and Clairette combines ripe fruit flavours of peach, apricot and apple with a hint of white floral notes and round mouthfeel. $14 btl, $6 btg
- Chateau Monplaisir Rouge, Bordeaux – This Right Bank vineyard has been in existence since the 18th century and is earning accolades for its easy-drinking reds under its new oenologist Céline Wlostowicer. This blend of Merlot, Cab and Cab Franc is no exception: red berries, cherry and plums combine with a touch of leather and dry tannins in this medium bodied red. $14 btl, $6 btg