2013 Yves Duport "Origin'L Reserve" Bugey Brut RD
Yves Duport is a fourth generation winemaker based in the town of Groslee, one of the villages located in the not-so-well-known appellation of Bugey. Bugey lies to the west of Savoie, France's alpine region, of which it shares many similarities. The region is also quite close to Burgundy and Beaujolais, so many of their influences are felt as well. The classic grape varieties from both regions are planted throughout Bugey including Chardonnay, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Altesse and Mondeuse. The region itself is most famous for its Bugey-Cerdon, a slightly sweet but delightfully tangy sparkling wine. This is NOT that wine. Alongside dry wine production and Bugey-Cerdon, there is a great culture of dry sparkling wine production throughout the region and Yves Duport sits right at the top of the heap. All his sparkling wines are made in the Champagne method and the "Origin'L Reserve" is a recently disgorged version of his most popular bubbly. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté coming from Yves' certified organic vineyards which are planted on primarily limestone soils. It spent almost three years on the lees. Not quite Champagne but real close the wine has a wonderful mousse with a decisive mid-palate. Golden apples and Anjou pears, a touch of ginger and some nutmeggy spices emerge on the nose. When I'm looking to up my game from a basic sparkler but still don't want to spend Champagne money, this is my go-to wine.