Franck Peillot

Franck Peillot

Brut Bugey Montagnieu White Blend

Late brunch with these Bugey bubbles on a rainy Saturday afternoon was pretty fantastic. 👌🥂

This sparkling wine was made using the Méthode Traditionnelle which notably involves a second fermentation in the bottle and aging on the “lees” for at least 12 months. 🕰

In essence, “lees” are what remain in the fermentation vessel after the active yeast has consumed the sugar in the pre-fermented grape juice during the fermentation process; when they die they undergo a process called autolysis, which is responsible for releasing unique flavor/aromatic compounds and enhancing richness and complexity of the resulting wine. The more contact a wine has with the “lees” the greater the “lees” influence the resulting wine. 🤓

This wine comes from the cru of Montagnieu in the alpine appellation of Bugey within Savoie France, situated in the foothills of the Jura mountains. It is a blend of the Altesse (local), Mondeuse (local), and Chardonnay (international) grape varieties. 🇫🇷

I loved the complexity of aromas and flavors with notes of sweet herbs, watercress, a funkiness of cheese rind, also baked apple, pear, brioche, honeysuckle, peony, and toasted almond. 💕💕

This wine was smooth and dry on the palate with medium(+) acidity, a medium body, and medium alcohol. 👄

We paired it with an aged cheddar, chive, and arugula omelet and it was deliciously complementary.

Franck Peillot, Brut, NV, from Montagnieu, Bugey AOC, Savoie, France. ABV 12%. @franckpeillot
— a month ago

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