The Contemporary Method
Phew. That’s a lot of science to contemplate. Luckily we found no difficulty in enjoying these two loveable wines.
The Réserve Experience
I wasn’t sure how the Contemporary Method would stack up in the bubbles department. Upon uncorking and pouring, we were delighted with the froth and fine bubbles. The wine has fresh flavors of red raspberries with a touch of citrus. Grapes are planted in limestone soils which result in energetic acidity.
Bubbly always creates a festive mood. This was served on a warm day and also delivered a wave of refreshment to our guests who had driven more than an hour to the party.
Froth on the Réserve Brut was creamy beyond expectation. The wine is 100% Chardonnay, something I’ve come to appreciate in a sparkler. The wine is rested on the lees with regular battonage (stirring) that adds a nuttiness and round flavor. Vibrant flavors of lemon and grapefruit made this an exceptional match with the swordfish.
We wish the Réserve Brut came in a larger format bottle! It was gone too quickly.
Elegant or casual, big occasions or small, the new sparkling wines from La Vieille Ferme are good choices. The value is quite remarkable for quality French sparkling wine. Food friendly, they can stand alone or be paired with a wide range of appetizers or entrees.
Grab a bottle or two of La Vieille Ferme. Get ready, set, pop your corks!
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.