Wine Spectator 89 points – Lovely pear, quince and ginger flavors cruise along, with a racy-edged mousse. A lingering hint of walnut adds range and contrast on the finish. Drink now. 150,000 cases made. From France.-J.M.
For centuries, Methode Champenoise, also known as Methode Traditionnelle, has been the gold standard for sparkling wine production. A production style that proves to be much more labor-intensive, but the added quality garnered is well worth the effort. With Methode Traditionnelle the wine goes through its second fermentation in the bottle adding richness and complexity, due to the time it spends on the lees. This style gave Champagne the reputation for premium quality it heralds to this day. The quality of Francois Montand wines start in the vineyard with a rigorous selection of the best grapes. Adhering to the strict standards of Methode Traditionnelle, Francois Montand wines are crafted with the utmost care and precision, resulting in light-bodied, yet textured and complex sparkling wines. Francois Montand offers a great tasting sparkling wine, made in the Methode Traditionnelle, at a value. With an elegant, classic French label, Francois Montand introduces more people to this winemaking style, showing wine lovers everywhere that a well-made, high quality sparkling wine can be accessible..
Really well made in the classic Champagne Method. Aged horizontally at least for 9 months. The grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness to ensure the best balance between sugar and acidity. After careful sorting, the grapes are pressed gently to keep all the aromatic potential of the fruit. The first fermentation occurs at low temperatures with selected yeasts. After blending and bottling, the liqueur de tirage is added and the second fermentation begins. The wine is then aged horizontally for at least nine months before being disgorged and prepared for shipment.
Great way to start any meal, and it’s a fine accompaniment for ceviche, salads, white fish in white sauce or simply for dessert. Serving temperature: 43 to 46°F. Cellar life: 2 to 3 years.