2018-C Domaine Coteaux des Margots Cremant de Bourgogne AOP, Burgundy, France (750ml)
A Quarterly Sparkling Wine Club Selection
Bright gold hue with fine bead, and golden highlights. Fresh apple aromatics with a degree of precise Chardonnay character unusual in sparkling wine. On the palate white peach, honeysuckle, golden delicious apple, chalky mineral finish. A fine value in sparkling wine for any occasion.
This story begins in 1945 when Joannes Duroussay returned after being held prisoner in Germany for four years. At that point there was no Domaine, just a small farm with a few cows and goats and some Chardonnay and Gamay vines. He started to make a little wine for himself while working for a local merchant. He also made a little extra cash performing as a saxophonist, going from “ball” to “ball” in different villages with his little band. Little by little, Grandpère Duroussay expanded the winegrowing portion of the farm, eventually handing the management of 7 hectares to his son, Jean-Luc. In 1985 Jean-Luc established Domaine Coteaux des Margots, now a family-owned estate for three generations. The Domaine is perfectly nestled in the Mâcon hills of Southern Burgundy and has grown to 15 hectares of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay farmed by Jean-Luc and Veronique Duroussay and their son Pierre. The vineyards are certified "haute valeur environnementale" due to their environmentally friendly farming practices. In the next few years, they plan to take the winery 100% organic, while staying focused on the top priority - quality. Hand-picked into small crates, this sparkling Chardonnay Brut is officially a “crémant,” a French sparkling wine made with the same traditional methods used in Champagne, but not from Champagne. Dosage was 2g/L and the wine was aged for 11 months before disgorgement.