Champagne is the most well known style of wine in the sparkling wine category. Many although enjoy other sparkling wine types, champagne seems to be the one name everyone associates some bubbly with. The French as well as other countries make other styles of sparkling wine too, and its delicious!
Bastille Day has passed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy French bubbles right? Vin Sur Vingt, a hot spot with locations in the West Village, NoMad, and now the Plaza Food Hall districts of NYC, is just the upscale spot you want to be for French food and wine.
Some of their best bubbles are:
2012 Crémant d’Alsace Brut Zero Sans Soufre Ajoute: A blend of mainly Pinot Auxerrois with a touch of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. This one makes a great aperitif with seafood and is bright with aromas of green apple & pear.
Domaine de Belle Vue Méthode Traditionnelle Brut Nature Rosé Billes de Quartz: Jérôme Brétaudeau took over a small portion of his father’s vineyard in 2000. In 2005, he expanded the propriety and created Domaine de Bellevue. This wine is dry with aromas of raspberry and ripe strawberry. A nice long finish and perfect with the Charcuterie Plates on the menu.
2013 Domaine de Belle Vue, Petillant Naturel Miam Miam Biodynamic: Miam means ‘yum’ in French and this is what this wine is. Fresh and bright with floral and red fruit aromas. This wine is beautiful with expressive minerality and elegance. Pair this with the Roast Beef!
2011 Bertrand Gautherot- Vouette et Sorbée Fidele Extra-Brut:
Domaine of husband and wife team: Bertrand & Helene Gautherot, situated in Buxieres-Sur-Arce in the Cote des Bar. Since 1998, the vineyards have been biodynamically farmed and are certified by Demeter. 100% Pinot Noir, single harvest, only wild yeast, oak barrels, natural malolactic fermentation, and no dosage (say what!? Definitions to these wine words are here).
Domaine Sébastien Brunet, Petillant Naturel Grolleau: 100% Groelleau (grape varietal), aperitif with apple flavor, like cider. Not going to lie…this one really tastes like cider!
Demarne-Frison, Champagne Goustan Brut Nature: Certified organic vineyard planted mainly with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wines ferment naturally in used barriques (oak barrels). New Vintage but always from a single harvest and pairs beautifully with the Tarte Tatin.
Domaine de Montrieux Boisson Rouge 100% GAMAY: This one was my absolute favorite of the tasting, and is great as an aperitif or dessert wine. Gamay is a cool french grape that grows well in France, especially Burgundy and Loire. This wine is from an old Gamay vineyard in Loire and is certified organic, which makes it even that much more amazing! Pair this with anything on the menu (except olives) and i’m sure you’ll be pleased!
Visit any of the Vin Sur Vingt locations. All are stunning and owned by Sebastien Auvet, a self taught restauranteur and wine expert who loves to “talk wine” with fellow wine enthusiasts!