This month, Americans will sip more fizz than they have all year.
That’s a shame, actually, considering how delicious and food friendly
sparkling wine can be at any time. But ’tis the season for celebration,
and as we flit from holiday party to office reception to family
gathering, we will raise our glasses and down some bubbly – and then
proceed to the serious matter of dinner.
Oh well. At least we can down some good bubbly. And here’s one that I flipped for over Thanksgiving – the Willm Cuvée Leon IX Crémant d’Alsace. At $15 a bottle, it’s a downright steal.
I’m not normally one to be overimpressed with the bottle itself
or the label artwork, but this was one of the most elegant and beautiful
packages I’ve ever seen. And the wine lived up to it – floral peach
flavors, delicate and aromatic, yielding to an incredible 13-second
finish. This does not try to be Champagne – it doesn’t go for the heft
and power. But it has complexity and tremendous finesse. At this price, I
almost prefer it to Champagne.
Imported by Monsieur Touton Selection Ltd., New York, N.Y.