Sunday, August 25, 2013

Domaine Des Nugues "Made by G"

Domaine Des Nugues "Made by G" Sparkling Gamay
I have confession: I am a bit of an Aaron Sorkin nut. Not for nothing, but I think I've seen everything he's ever written. Tonight is an episode of The Newsroom that I've been looking forward to for a while. It's called "The Red Team III" -- so I just had to open up a red. And, of course, "G" is not only for Gamay grapes, but for Operation Genoa. This wine is really quite something. It's almost hard to believe this is a Gamay.  Okay, enough Sorkin-isms (for now). On to the wine! 

**Italics indicate "Sorkin-isms" for my non-Sorkin-obsessed readers** 

Review: The "Made by G" is a sparkling Gamay from France. The wine is a hoot and a half. When I first poured it, the color and size of the bubbles made me think more of Cherry Coke than sparkling wine. On the nose the wine has a hint of lavender and tart raspberries. On the palate, raspberries and red currants shine, but instead of being tart and dry like a typical Gamay, the wine is tart with a hint of sweetness. The tannins are virtually nonexistent making for a light, easy drinking glass of bubbles. 

This Gamay is predominantly grown in the Beaujolais region of France. These wines range from the wackadoo Beaujolais Nouveau (think bananas, bubble gum, figs) to Terroir evoking Cru Beajolias (think intense fruit, earth, great texture). This wine is not given a place, outside of "France", but my best guess is that the grapes are indeed sourced from the Beaujolais region. This wine is made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise, but with one catch -- the wine is emptied from its bottle after the secondary fermentation (where the bubbles are made) and filtered in a large tank. The wine is then put back into bottles under pressure and sent off to market. This process saves in both time and cost -- those savings are then passed on to the consumer. It does take a bit of the romance out of bubbly-making, and account in part for the large size of the bubbles, but in a wine like this I can't say I mind.

Food Pairing: The tiny hint of sweetness makes this wine perfect for an aperitif

Bottom Line: This is a fun wine, full of berries and bubbles, both at the same time. Great from time to time, especially on a hot summer night!

Wine Geekery:

Where did I get it? Planet Wine

What's the damage? Mid Priced (but on the high side)

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