Sophisticated, Refined New Blanc de Blancs. $29

For centuries Champagne has been a symbol of refinement and class. It’s sophistication in a glass, the pick of high rollers from Gatsby to Churchill. And for the most serious aficionados, Blanc de Blancs is the best of the best. Made from only white grapes, it’s Champagne at its most elegant.

Champagne producer Pascal Bardoux chose the exceptional 2010 vintage to craft his first Blanc de Blancs, and for those with a taste for the real stuff, we think it’s worth every penny. But for those in search of refined bubbles at a more affordable price, our newest crémant from Picamelot in Burgundy should fit the bill nicely.

Picamelot’s “Les Reipes” is a Burgundian Blanc de Blancs that’s subtle, elegant, and classy.

Louis Picamelot was among the first crémant producers in Rully, a town now known for its sparkling wines. They make several excellent cuvées, most of them blends of Burgundy’s four grapes: Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pinot Noir, and Gamay.

But for “Les Reipes,” the recipe is simple — all Chardonnay from a single terroir. It’s dry and very fine, with bright clean notes of brioche, almonds, and lightly buttered toast. The mouth is crisp and complex, with notes of lemon, minerals, and woods.

Serve this at your next cocktail party beside creamy cheese, summer vegetables, or in an unusually good kir royale.



Picamelot Crémant “Reipes” NV

bottle price : $29


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