Crémant de Bourgogne 'Émérite', Sainchargny 2016
Made from only the first-press juice of top-quality, hand-picked chardonnay and pinot noir, this vintage Crémant from Lugny in Burgundy is delicious and great value for money. The extra bottle age makes a very special glass of fizz which is of far superior quality to cheap champagne a real treat and very easy drinking.
How does the wine taste?
Very fresh with a nose full of fruit. A hint of creamy nuttiness that enlivens the taste buds. Well made from very high quality grapes.
What do the critics say?
"Crémant de Bourgogne, Sainchargny Émérite is one of my all-time favourite fizzes and if it isn't yet one of yours, it darn well should be. Its an absolute snorter and I've recommended it (under its previous name: Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Millésime), both in print and, well, yelling from the rooftops, countless times. It really is a model of its kind, produced using the champagne method by the highly-rated Cave de Lugny co-operative near Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Only the finest hand-picked Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is used, some of which is aged in oak before blending. The cuvée, having been assembled, then spends a further 18 months in oak on the lees and the result is as appealing a sparkler as you'll find anywhere. It's full of delicious ripe, honeyed fruit, toast and brioche and blessed with a delectably fine mousse. As I've said many times to anyone who will listen, I've had dozens of champagnes twice the price that don't taste half as good." (Previous vintage)
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
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