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Le Grande Courtage Grand Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut - Wine Review


Our Selection for Wine of the Week August 29, 2011

A bottle of Le Grande Courtage Grand Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut, our wine of the week

Le Grande Courtâge
Grand Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Brut


Le Grande Courtâge is a new venture founded by an American couple pursuing their dreams in France. As its name suggests, this sparkling wine is a courtship between French and American wine culture. The first wine of its kind, it is made from four grapes — Chardonnay, Colombard, Chenin Blanc and Ugni Blanc — from four distinctly different French regions. Refreshing and faintly sweet with respectably low alcohol (11.5 per cent), it would make a nice choice for brunch, lunch or even breakfast. The wine begins with Meyer lemon and bread dough aromas with a faint hint of baking spice followed by lemon chiffon pie flavors. Up front, it is light and fresh with citrus and floral notes but finishes with a more sophisticated, yeasty note. French in style yet definitely geared in flavor toward the American market, it's a crowd-pleasing bottle of bubbly for the price. Try it with eggs Benedict, white fish in a lemon butter sauce, mushroom risotto or poached chicken salad. After a meal, serve it with a variety of soft and aged goat cheeses or lemon shortbread. The wine would also work well with popcorn and a movie.

Rating: 13.5/20

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(Updated: 08/30/11 BH)

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