Bernard Rondeau Bugey Cerdon (OLD SKU) (Previously $17)

SKU #1015556

Admit it. When you first got into 'wine-type beverages' you were likely not quaffing Nuits St George. You were not partaking in Tocai Friulano. You were probably not even interested in California Cabernet at the very onset, and I'm talking your first glass of what you thought was wine. It was fruity, a tiny bit sweet (or glaringly so) and very likely exceedingly bubbly, and you felt sophisticated drinking it, too. Well, if you are ever in the least bit nostalgic for your Bartlet and James days, or even if you always hated the stuff but would like to get in touch with the inner child in you, while still maintaining a sense of sophistication and urbanity, you must try this, the French person's answer to the wine cooler: Bugey de Cerdons. The tiny French town of Cerdon is very close to the Swiss border in a little-known VDQS called Bugey. The wine is sparkling rosé, but not just any sparkling rosé. Made from gamay and the local poulsard, it is a delicately sweet, low-alcohol, strawberry colored wine that is yummy with chocolate-based desserts but also ideal as an early evening aperitif. Delight yourself and your guests with this pure pleasure bomb! Just be sure to keep it out of reach of your adolescent and teenage kids! 8.5% abv.

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Price: $13.99

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Varietal:

Gamay

- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Provence

- Provence encompasses the southeastern portion of France that borders the Mediterranean. The largest appellation in the region is the Cotes de Provence that spans 49,600 acres of land in and around Marseilles. Thirteen different varietals are grown in this appellation with the most important grapes being Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, and Mouvedre. While much of the production is dry rose, there are many more serious wines being made from the area. Some of the most important smaller appellations within Provence include Bandol, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, and Coteaux Varois.
Alcohol Content (%): 8.5