Couldn’t think of a better way to kick off a dreary weekend (it’s going to storm here in North Eastern Illinois all weekend long) than to imbibe in a little sparkler!
Just so happens that on Thursday evening I attended a Grower Champagne Seminar put on by one of the local wine shops and hosted by Robert Houde Wines. A very nice lineup of 7 Champagnes from different parts of the Champagne region. While they were all very good, I could have stopped (not really) at the first one. From the small area called Montgueux and a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, came the Étienne Doué "Cuvée Sélection" Brut NV.
Starting with bright brioche and honeyed aromas, the wine continued on the palate with vivid citrus notes and a creaminess that perfectly balanced the wine. A friend next to me compared the wine to the male/female comparison, this wine being the feminine others, bigger and bolder, the male version. Quite accurate.
I also learned something new! In the Montgueux region there is no classification system as in Champagne (Premiere and Grand Cru). South of Reims and Epernay, Montgueux is near Aube. I asked about its classification and learned that the area doesn’t use the same system. They have the “autre cru” (or “Other Cru”) classification. I don’t care what they call it, I called the wine delicious! As an area without the highfalutiness of Champagne, the wine was a bargain around $35. Clarification - I like Champagne’s highfalutiness!
So no matter where you are, take a weekend break, open a bottle of bubbly (obviously the Étienne Doué) and relax and enjoy!