Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Domaine du Prieuré NV
£22.95 per bottle
A méthode traditionnelle sparkling from the Maconnais region of southern Burgundy made of Pinot Noir and Aligote. This style of sparkling Burgundy has a long history and strong following for its elegant balanced style and well flavoured palate. The wine rests on its lees for 12 months minimum before the remuage and degorgement giving a subtle brioche note on the finish.
Serve as an aperitif, or try with smoked salmon.
The Method Traditionelle requires a secondary fermentation within the closed bottle to create a fine natural mousse and generate the rich yeasty lees flavours enjoyed in the best sparkling wines. This is the method used to make Champagne, although it has long been the preferred method to create distinguished sparkling wines in many of France`s wine regions. The Languedoc`s Blanquette de Limoux claims to be the oldest, yet there is an established tradition of Method Traditionelle wines in the Loire Valley where the sparkling wines of Saumur and Cremant de Loire are also aged in natural chalk cellars. Other notable Method Traditionelle sparkling wines originate in Burgundy, Alsace and the south west.
Found in the heart of the Cote de Beaune, the picturesque village of Savigny-les-Beaune has for a long time earned its good name. It was here that the monks of Citeaux, the founders of the Burgundian vineyard system, became substantial property owners. In order to administer their vineyards they established a priory in the 16th century, hence the name. Today the domaine is owned by Jean-Michel Maurice, the mayor of Savigny, along with his son Stephen, who uses his international experience as winemaker.