What we’re drinking: Jaillance Crémant de Bordeaux Cuvée de l’Abbaye NV Sémillon

Mary writes:

Well this week’s wine is quite a mouthful. Cremant de Bordeaux is the regional appellation for sparkling wines in the Bordeaux region of France. More famous for their classic, and at times very expensive, blends of Cab and Merlot, or Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, a sparkling wine appellation was made official in 1990.

This Crémant de Bordeaux is made from 100 percent Sémillon and has small perlage and a balanced, nutty, honeyed nose. There is a required period of lees contact in Cremant de Bordeaux wines and they spend at least nine months in the bottle before disgorgement.

The occasion for popping the cork on this wine was the grand opening celebration of the Orthopaedic Center at Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale earlier this month. Glasses of this bubbly were served to guests entering the new wing.

From a distance I could see the color was different than the usual sparkling wine. It was a pale gold color. And the first sip surprised me with its elegance. It had a floral bouquet, creamy mousse and nice balance. A wonderful celebratory wine for a splendid community event.

Jaillance is imported by Vinum Wine Importers in Redmond.