#Wine tasting notes: the best whites from #Marche and #Abruzzo - 25 January 2014 - #telegraph #AbruzzoRuralProperty
Forget champagne – this is the fizzy French wine you should be drinking. Crémant is a sparkling white wine that is far, far cheaper than champagne. Not because it’s an inferior product but because the grapes are not from the Champagne region and need not be made only from Pinot Noir, Meunier or Chardonnay grapes. Most crémant comes from the Loire, Bourgogne and Alsace regions; it needs to be aged for a minimum of 9 months (15 for champagne). A bottle of crémant costs €6-10. | Best France…
Charles Henry Brut Rose 75cl: Three grape varieties are permitted for making Champagne – Chardonnay (white), Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (which are red). This wine is a blend of both red and white wines. It has lots of fine bubbles and intense flavours of strawberries.
Villers-Marmery is a little village engulfed by a sea of white grapes in the heart of Pinot Noir country. It's home to roughly 500 residents, a serene World War I cemetery and some of the country's greatest small-time chardonnay producers. Many years ago, Claude Norton was one of those independent champagne producers. Although we don't know the exact age, this grape-picking crate shares characteristics similar to those widely used by French wineries in the '20s and '30s.