No more messing around. No more obscure regions like Bugey or Jura as posted last Monday. It’s high time this EU Austerity Drinking Tour got serious. It’s time for Burgundy, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
Before leaving Lyon and the Rhône behind, in celebration, we crack a sparkling Burgundy. Crémant de Bourgogne is like Champagne (similar grapes, methods, etc) but made in Burgundy and usually of fantastic value.
This €8.60 value comes from André Delorme, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Crémant de Bourgogne, France, NV
Appearance: A clear, mild, lemon color races with rapid med minus sized bubbles. Ar0mas: simple, straight aromas of lemon meringue tart appear. Palate: this is dry, with medium plus acid, med alcohol of 12%, and lightish body. Flavors: it tastes of well-cornered but not sharply fresh lemon juice and rind, sea salt, bit of unbaked bread dough at finish. Med length.
This Crémant de Bourgogne is fine, perfectly functional bubbles (3 of 5). It previews the light, taught, high-toned wines of Burgundy. Any remnant of warm weather sheds itself here (especially compared to the soft Crémant de Bordeaux we had in Bordeaux forty days ago). But this lacks the clarity, precision, and complexity of greatness: the cost of an Austerity Drinking Tour.
No matter! To Dijon!
Impressive Chateaux with impressive vineyards fly past our train.